WorkZone Proves Five-Star Wonder

Charter Hall’s WorkZone office campus on Pier Street has been awarded Australia’s most upto-date 5 Star Green Star rating and now holds the title of Perth’s greenest office buildings.

WorkZone’s two, seven-storey buildings are the first in WA to be awarded 5 Star Green Star Office As Built certification by the Green Building Council of Australia, under version three of the rating. Version three is the most current and rigorous Green Star rating for commercial properties.

Developed by Charter Hall, the $220 million WorkZone project has 28,000sqm of office space and was built by Broad Construction Services. GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew said 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,” Ms Madew said.

“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.”

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

“WorkZone has created a sense of community, as well as a better work environment,” Mr Hulett said. WorkZone’s environmental standards were also welcomed by the City of Perth.

“We recognise that as the city is growing, there are increased demands on energy,” Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said. “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.”

Close to two train stations, Northbridge’s entertainment precinct, the city’s shopping malls and the main east-west bike path, WorkZone still has 6500sqm of vacant office space.

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Source: West Australian Wednesday 22/10/2014

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