Built Environment Award

An award to honour the most sustainable building and design practices.

This award recognises excellence and innovation in design, construction, retrofitting and management of existing or new buildings, precincts and tenancies.

2017 Green Globe Awards finalists

City of Sydney: Smart Green Apartments

Interior of Finger Wharf, SydneyFor those living in apartment blocks, it can be difficult investing in energy, water and waste savings, because of the different interests of the building’s owners and those of the individual unit owners.

Sydney City Council is tackling this head on through its high-rise retrofit program called Smart Green Apartments, the most comprehensive of its type in Australia.

The program identifies opportunities for environmental savings in high-rise apartment buildings and should provide a retrofitting road map for similar buildings across Australia.

‘Understanding and navigating the necessary approvals needed under strata legislation can often be a major barrier to retrofitting,’ says the council’s sustainability engagement coordinator Kimberly Crawford.

‘We help participating buildings through the retrofitting process, and give support in getting the necessary approvals from owner corporations. We also help getting the energy savings certificates for relevant projects.’

Several buildings have started upgrades immediately after getting approval and have been able to show the savings to all owners through the use of a data portal provided by the program.

Mirvac: EY Centre, 200 George St

Exterior of EY Centre showing golden hues of glassWith a stunning design featuring shimmering, golden-hued curves, adaptable workspaces, green credentials and innovative technology, Mirvac’s recently completed EY Centre at 200 George Street is a first-class office environment and an iconic landmark for Sydney.

The sculptural, 37-storey building has a world-first timber-and-glass closed-cavity façade. Most importantly, the building sets new industry benchmarks for sustainability, innovation and heritage integration in NSW and across Australia.

EY Centre is one of the first of a new breed of innovative, sustainable smart buildings designed to ‘think’ for itself using smart technology that maximises energy performance and workplace efficiencies.

Mirvac also forged a unique partnership with YWCA to include in the building a profit-for-purpose café, the Song Kitchen, one of the first ventures of its kind in Australia. While providing premium catering services to the Mirvac team and their guests, all the café’s profits go to fund services and programs supporting women and children experiencing domestic violence.