After selling out within two weeks of its official launch, South Brisbane’s Botanica Residences is ready to move to the construction stage. The building will feature Queensland’s largest residential green wall and a number of other sustainable features.
The project, designed by Brisbane-based architectural company RotheLowman White, is the first residential building of its size to be certified under a ‘six-leaf’ sustainability rating by the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA). Hence, it is expected to become a landmark for South Brisbane.
The UDIA’s EnviroDevelopment is a comprehensive national rating tool that offers third party sustainability verifications for built environments, allowing developers to advertise the environmental outcomes they have achieved in their projects. The tool certifies eligible developments across six key elements - or ‘leaves’ - of environmental sustainability: ecosystems, waste, energy, materials, water and community.
According to the architects, the sustainable attributes have been a key factor in the demand for the residences.
“When we found out about the UDIA’s Enviro Certification Program, we jumped at the chance to make Botanica more environmentally friendly," they said. "It was apparent that with some hard work and smart design changes, we could achieve all six levels of certification. We are continually working to further separate our developments from the market, and achieving the UDIA Six Leaf Enviro Certification was a very easy decision for us to make.”
The new building will stand on the corner of Edmonstone Street and Boundary Street, within a former commercial area in the south of the city. The 20-storey building will accommodate 179 one- and two-bedroom residential apartments, as well as a ground level coffee bar and retail options. The rooftop will feature a recreation terrace including a barbecue area and will offer 360 degree views of the city.
While the Edmondstone Street facade features vertical gardens, the northern and western facades include 120 solar panels, with the power generated sent to run some of the building's energy needs. A smart monitoring system will be installed in each unit to allow residents to control their water and energy use, aiming to reduce bills and environmental impact.
In addition to the four-storey green wall on the facade, there will be a deep planting zone with local species and vegetable and herb gardens on the rooftop terrace. The garden has been designed to maximise environmental benefits through greater shade and ventilation, and to promote community interaction.
The project earned its green certification due in large part to the smart monitoring system, 38 kilowatts of solar PV, the use of LED lighting throughout common areas, energy efficient appliances and fixtures, a 20 per cent reduction in potable water consumption, the use of high-recycled content concrete, and the creation of the rooftop community garden.
As architect Simon White from RotheLowman White explained, while power bills go up and people become more aware of environmental concerns, buyers have become increasingly interested in apartments and workplaces that offer the edge in sustainability, as seen in the demand for Botanica Residences.