Heritage Building Gets Green Makeover

AE Smith Townsville has helped breathe new life into an 1885 heritage listed and National Trust registered building to bring it into the 21st century

11 Jan 2013
 

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The owners Chester Holdings, were really keen to demonstrate how a heritage listed building can evolve into a sustainable one, especially in a tropical climate

The redevelopment of Federation Place in CBD Townsville had a key goal – to ‘green’ the building to ensure it would maintain its prominent role in the city.

Federation Place has had many guises as a landmark building – from a drapery wholesale warehouse, a war room during World War II and then government offices to most recently professional tenancies and an arts precinct showcasing local work.

“We were proud to work on this important project for Townsville and help transform the energy efficiency of a 19th century building,” says
Daniel Martin, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Service Manager.

“The owners Chester Holdings, were really keen to demonstrate how a heritage listed building can evolve into a sustainable one, especially in a tropical climate,” Daniel adds.

Appointed by project managers GHD, AE Smith collaborated on scoping and design of air conditioning systems to help achieve a range of energy efficiencies that’s helped the building receive its lowest electricity bill and considerable improvement in building amenity and temperature control.

At the heart of the project is a unique community interface program, where the public can access building data through a portal between the building and the web created by Science Mob.

Some of the energy efficiency initiatives at Federation Place Townsville include:

Use of spill air from air conditioned spaces to cool the foyer;
Upgrading building fresh air provisions to improve amenity within tenant areas;
Upgrading power distribution and metering systems; and
Installation of a photovoltaic generation system to produce the equivalent of building common area electricity consumption.

For more information about how AE Smith can help deliver practical solutions in air conditioning, building services and energy efficiency in Townsville and North Queensland, please contact Mark Lovelady on 0407 585 020.