This award recognises excellence and innovation in sustainable design, construction, retrofitting and operation of existing or new buildings, precincts and tenancies.
This may be for commercial, residential, heritage properties and infrastructure projects.
Mirvac: Bay Centre 6 Stars
An impressive reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions, the Bay Centre became the first building in Sydney ever to achieve a 6 stars NABERS Energy rating in 2016. The building also holds the title of being the largest building in NSW ever to achieve this level of energy efficiency.
The building improved its performance by 50% over its existing 5-star rating. This is particularly impressive as the building is standard design, built in 2002.
Mirvac has shown market leading performance in this achievement, which did not allow for exotic equipment or fuel switching systems. The company and its partners instead focused on dedicated operational management, standard energy efficiency technology and good building design and construction.
The champion and driving force at Bay Centre is Facility Manager, Hasan Odemis. His dedication to driving environmental performance is exemplary and importantly, highly infectious, gaining great support from other staff and industry partners.
CRC for Low Carbon Living
The CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is helping prevent climate change by assisting Australia’s built environment sector to move towards a globally competitive low carbon future. The group actively engages in carbon reduction leadership and innovation by undertaking world-leading research with tangible benefits to the environment.
CRCLCL was initiated in 2011 by a forward-thinking group of industry organisations, government bodies and researchers, led by University of NSW Scientia Professor Deo Prasad AO and embracing influential peak bodies such as the Australian Institute of Architects.
Their research supports the built environment sector and their critical role to play in greenhouse gas reduction and economic sustainability.
Some of their projects include collaborating with Standards Australia to create a world-first technical standard for solar heating and cooling.
They’ve also published a national Guide to Urban Cooling Strategies, Australia’s first guide for built environment professional and governments seeking to moderate heat in major urban centres.
Fujitsu Australia: Driving Energy Transparency in Data Centres
Fujitsu recognises that data centres are part of today’s world – but that there is an increasing responsibility to operate these centres with the greatest of resource efficiency.
By taking leadership in sustainability, Fujitsu says it has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30,000 tonnes – equal to emissions from 1,700 Australian homes. This is saving more than 34 gigawatt hours of electricity per year, with a cost efficiency of more than $9 million being passed on to customers.
It’s now Australia’s first and only technology company to use NABERS to certify and publicly disclose the energy and carbon performance of its entire data centre portfolio, and is aiming for a blanket 4.5 stars by 2020.
A major industry player tackling the problem of its own energy use and emission impacts is surely a catalyst for change across the entire data centre industry.