New Zealand Commercial Design Trends Series NZ Commercial Design Trends Vol. 30/6 - Page 25

having a fan intake system on the facade that supplies fresh air directly to the stairwell. Stanic says the size of the floorplates makes the building unique in the Melbourne city market. “It enables owners or occupiers to create their own identity on an entire floor that has a relatively small footprint. This creates a distinctive vertical business community on this city corner.” The building is designed to be carbon neutral within 30 years – the savings made in that time will offset the energy used to construct the building, taking all elements into account. Berkemeier says the institute embraced this approach, developing a sustainability charter for the building which is believed to be the first of its kind in the office market. “The charter binds owners and tenants to the sustainability agenda for the building to monitor and, where needed, change behaviours. On an annual basis, the measured operational carbon footprint of the building’s tenants will be independently assessed. Combined with the quantified embodied carbon of the physical building, the operational carbon will be offset annually.” SEARCH | SAVE | 4