Charter Hall’s innovative WorkZone buildings have been awarded Australia’s most up-to-date and prestigious 5 Star Green Star rating, positioning them as Perth’s ‘greenest’ office buildings.
WorkZone comprises two seven-level buildings totalling 28,000sqm of new office space. The campus style buildings are the only assets in Perth, and the first in Western Australia, to be awarded 5 Star Green Star – Office ‘As Built’ certification by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), under Version 3 of the rating. Version 3 is the most current and rigorous Green Star rating for commercial properties.
Developed by Charter Hall and built by Broad Construction Services (Broad), the $220 million WorkZone office campus in Perth’s CBD fringe represents ‘Australian excellence’ in sustainable construction and a new generation of A-Grade office space.
WorkZone – located at 202 Pier Street – also reflects the aims of the City of Perth’s Towards an Energy Resilient City strategic directions paper, which outlines ways to achieve energy resilience in Perth, including energy efficiency and renewable energy.
City of Perth Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi said “We recognise that as the city is growing, there are increased demands on energy. We see this as an opportunity to explore innovative and alternative methods for how energy can be delivered cost-effectively to meet the city’s future energy needs.
“It is great to see leadership coming from the development industry, and to see that in planning and constructing new buildings, the need to ensure improved environmental outcomes is being built into their bottom line,” the Lord Mayor added.
According to Romilly Madew, Chief Executive of the GBCA, achieving the initial 5 Star Green Star Design rating requires a commitment to innovation and a holistic approach to green building design.
“In taking the extra step with the Green Star ‘As Built’ rating, Charter Hall has demonstrated that the sustainable design intentions were implemented during the construction process.
“What’s more, Charter Hall has proved that ‘Australian excellence’ in sustainable construction can be achieved in one of the world’s most isolated cities. We congratulate Charter Hall and the broader project team at WorkZone for its ongoing and outstanding commitment to sustainability,” Ms Madew said.
Charter Hall senior development manager, Simon Hulett, said developing a sustainable asset was a key focus from the outset of the project, with features such as high-performance glazing, grey water recycling, advanced T5 zoned lighting and state-of-the-art energy and building management systems helping to achieve the coveted 5 Star Green Star v3 certification.
“The result is not only WA’s greenest and most sustainable office building, but also a highly efficient and inspiring workplace for our tenants that encourage collaboration and productivity. WorkZone has created a sense of community, as well as a better work environment.