66 Magazine Issue 3 Spring 2018 - Page 89

All three of Willis Bond & Co’s key luxury buildings in the vibrant harbourside community of Wynyard Quarter have been designed with sustainability in mind. After all, a ‘blue/green’ waterfront has been the desired outcome in Auckland’s iconic harbourside precincts since the very start of the multifaceted urban rejuvenation program. “Before any redevelopment work commenced, in-depth modelling was carried out over a lengthy period in order to work out what the best means of achieving a sustainably- built community would be,” says Miranda James, Head of Corporate Responsibility for urban redevelopment agency, Panuku Development Auckland. “We knew from the very beginning that the Wynyard Quarter project would need to be an exemplar of urban regeneration. The ground work that was undertaken in the precinct and the design of the residential and commercial properties would need to show industry as a whole that incorporating sustainable attributes can be achieved successfully. “Willis Bond & Co has a lot of development expertise. The quality of design they have achieved is apparent when you move through the precinct.” Miranda says that it isn’t just buildings that need to achieve a high level of sustainability; public spaces needed to adhere to similarly robust, well-articulated design standards. With the development occupying a relatively compact space between Auckland’s central business district and the Waitemata Harbour, rain gardens and other ecologically-sound measures ensure the impact the new development has on its unique environment remains low. This ‘green infrastructure’ is designed to filter 80% of pollutants from stormwater. “We wanted Wynyard Quarter to show Aucklanders that medium- and higher-density living can be done exceptionally well. While the project is ongoing, I think the results achieved so far speak for themselves.” Back up above the new public thoroughfares and green spaces, what does it take for a residence to achieve an acceptable Homestar sustainability rating? The increased interest in apartment living in New Zealand has necessitated changes to the Homestar rating system over the last few years. After lengthy reviews, the current programme is now in its fourth version, with the unique attributes of multi-dwelling residences forming a large part of recent updates. As Ella Osborne, ESD Engineer at sustainable design consultancy, eCubed, tells us, a lot of work has been done behind the scenes to ensure the recognised framework for sustainable dwelling design remains comprehensive, as the way we live and where we live evolves. “There are many aspects to ensuring a private residence adheres to sustainable design. Some attributes can be adapted to apartment living from established stand-alone or terraced housing framework, while others are unique to multi-dwelling complexes,” she says. “A large part of what makes apartment design sustainable rests with both thermal balance and natural light Opposite Green spaces throughout Wynyard Quarter promote a neighbourhood feel. Above Natural light in abundance is an important measure when assessing apartment sustainability. Below The entire aspect upon which a building is constructed is also taken into account for Homestar rating. 66 MagAzine SPRING 2018 87