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WorkZone earns highest Green Star Rating

07/10/2014

Charter Hall’s innovative WorkZone buildings have been awarded Australia’s most up-to-date and prestigious 5 Star Green Star rating, positioning them as Perth’s ‘greenest’ office buildings.

WorkZone comprises two seven-level buildings totalling 28,000sqm of new office space. The campus style buildings are the only assets in Perth, and the first in Western Australia, to be awarded 5 Star Green Star – Office ‘As Built’ certification by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), under Version 3 of the rating. Version 3 is the most current and rigorous Green Star rating for commercial properties.

Developed by Charter Hall and built by Broad Construction Services (Broad), the $220 million WorkZone office campus in Perth’s CBD fringe represents ‘Australian excellence’ in sustainable construction and a new generation of A-Grade office space.

WorkZone also reflects the aims of the City of Perth’s Towards an Energy Resilient City strategic directions paper, which outlines ways to achieve energy resilience in Perth, including energy efficiency and renewable energy.

City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said "We recognise that as the city is growing, there are increased demands on energy. We see this as an opportunity to explore innovative and alternative methods for how energy can be delivered cost-effectively to meet the city’s future energy needs.

"It is great to see leadership coming from the development industry, and to see that in planning and constructing new buildings, the need to ensure improved environmental outcomes is being built into their bottom line," the Lord Mayor added.

According to Romilly Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA, achieving the initial 5 Star Green Star Design rating requires a commitment to innovation and a holistic approach to green building design.

"In taking the extra step with the Green Star ‘As Built’ rating, Charter Hall has demonstrated that the sustainable design intentions were implemented during the construction process.

"What’s more, Charter Hall has proved that ‘Australian excellence’ in sustainable construction can be achieved in one of the world’s most isolated cities. We congratulate Charter Hall and the broader project team at WorkZone for its ongoing and outstanding commitment to sustainability," Ms Madew said.

Charter Hall senior development manager, Simon Hulett, said developing a sustainable asset was a key focus from the outset of the project, with features such as high-performance glazing, grey water recycling, advanced T5 zoned lighting and state-of-the-art energy and building management systems helping to achieve the coveted 5 Star Green Star v3 certification.

"The result is not only WA’s greenest and most sustainable office building, but also a highly efficient and inspiring workplace for our tenants that encourage collaboration and productivity. WorkZone has created a sense of community, as well as a better work environment.

"Charter Hall is proud to contribute to the larger vision for Perth and support its strategic direction as outlined in the Towards an Energy Resilient City paper. WorkZone has set a new benchmark when it comes to sustainable office space," Mr Hulett said. Dean Goodliffe, Managing Director of Broad Group Holdings, said his team worked closely with Charter Hall to deliver a high quality and flexible office space.

"There are many aspects of a project’s lifecycle that need to be considered to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating, and it is through rigorous pre-planning and positive interaction between contractor and client teams that we were able to achieve this significant benchmark.

"Meeting Green Star targets is a key part of Broad’s ongoing environmental sustainability strategy for our clients and also part of our commitment to delivering high quality infrastructure projects that are important to people and communities," Mr Goodliffe said.

Close to two train stations, Northbridge’s busy dining and entertainment precinct, the city’s shopping malls and the main east-west bike path, WorkZone offers all the convenience and accessibility of a CBD location. Currently, of the 28,000sqm of office space and ancillary retail space across the twin buildings, just 6,500sqm remains available for lease.

 
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Rachel Mornington-West
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rachel.mornington-west@charterhall.com.au