Creating Australia’s Greenest Office Building

AE Smith’s Mechanical Services design helps ensure highest Green Star rating

18 Feb 2010

The Brisbane Construction team are currently lending their expertise to the country’s highest green star rated office building.

The $44.5 million Zillmere Joint Contact Centre in Brisbane has recently received a 6 Green Star Office Design v2 rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) in recognition of its ecologically sustainable specifications.

With construction currently underway by Glenzeil at the Cambewarra Street site, the completed project will provide round the clock contact centre facilities for Smart Service Queensland and Queensland Police.

The Green Building Council recently awarded the project an extremely high 92 points out of 105, including four innovation points out of a maximum of five.

“The score well exceeds any other project in Australia and makes it comparable to any in the world,” says Queensland Public Works Minister Robert Schwarten.

AE Smith have been appointed to install and commission Mechanical Services for the facility to help achieve the various Green Star accreditations – which could also lead to Australia’s first triple Green Star rated building. This will not only provide 6 Star Green Star accreditation at Design stage, but the highest ratings at Office As Built and Office Interiors stages once complete.

“To work on such a landmark Green building has enabled us to deliver some innovative mechanical services systems,” says Brisbane AE Smith Construction Project Manager, Paul McTigue.

“There are numerous eco-friendly features with the HVAC systems including a heat recovery system to pre-cool outside air, passive chilled beams as well as a 750,000 litre thermal energy storage tank,” adds Paul.

The Building Management System (BMS) that AE Smith has put in place also provides energy usage reporting and is integrated with all services including the grey water treatment and water harvesting to reduce water use.

“We’ve also incorporated individually controlled air conditioning for each occupant’s workstation. AE Smith worked closely with Project Services to ensure that the workstation design was successful,” says Paul.

The Zillmere building will also have water efficient appliances and fittings and an integrated water management system that will collect, treat and re-use water. High ceilings, installation of native plants and thermally efficient roof materials complete the “green design”.

Construction on the project is due for completion in April 2010. For more information contact Paul McTigue on 07 3332 0333.