Barangaroo South’s Tower 2 was recently awarded the Green Building Council of Australia’s 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 certified rating, an award that represents world-class environmentally sustainable building practices.
Tower 2, currently under construction by Lend Lease at the Sydney CBD harbourside site, is the largest building in Australia to have received the 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating. The first building to achieve a perfect Green Star score Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating was the Pixel Building, completed in Melbourne in 2010.
Tarun Gupta, Lend Lease CEO, Property, Australia, said the company is committed to meeting standards of excellence in the built environment and to creating the workplace of the future.
“It’s an honour to receive this internationally-recognised rating because it reflects Lend Lease’s track record of leadership in sustainable design and construction. We are creating a highly sustainable precinct at Barangaroo to benefit corporate tenants, residents, retailers and visitors,” he said.
NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes recognised Lend Lease’s achievement.
“It is great to see sustainability made a priority in this project, reinforcing NSW as a leader in the area of environmental innovation,” he said. “The NSW Government is committed to supporting sustainability in the commercial office sector. Measures such as those incorporated into this building will save businesses money, increase value and help the environment.”
The 42-storey office building will stand between two other commercial towers as part of International Towers Sydney (ITS), a precinct that will host Westpac and Gilbert + Tobin as its tenants.
According to GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew, a Green Star Design rating requires a great commitment to innovation and a holistic approach to green building design.
“Once again, Lend Lease has sent a clear signal that a green building can be good for both the environment and the tenants who choose such offices. The organisations which move into Tower 2 will be working in one of the world’s most sustainable business addresses,” she said.
Lend Lease has completed more Green Star ratings than any other developer in Australia, with 70 Green Star certified projects to date.
All three ITS towers will feature high-performance solar shading facades as well as energy-saving centralised cooling systems that utilise water from Sydney Harbour. The buildings will be part of a precinct-wide sustainability strategy which assists not only the commercial and residential buildings at Barangaroo South, but also the local neighbourhood. The precinct’s sustainability initiatives include an on-site blackwater treatment plant which is capable of supplying one million litres of recycled water a day to the precinct and surrounding suburbs.
The precinct aims to become Australia’s first carbon neutral community, taking measures that include energy-efficient design, on and offsite low carbon and renewable energy along with zero carbon waste treatment and commuter carbon emission offsets.