The café in the building provides a selection of healthy food, to reinforce the central concept of wellbeing. Art is displayed throughout the building, reinforcing the ‘mind’ aspect of the certification. Physical movement is encouraged through the installation of an active staircase, a fitness area, outdoor exercise spaces and bicycle facilities to support an active lifestyle. The location is ideal for walking, cycling and access to transport facilities. The interior layout is designed to support human interaction and collaboration yet also to provide quiet areas for focused work. Lights turn off at a specific time every night, not only to prevent light pollution but also to act as a reminder for the employees to go home.
We delivered sustainability consultant services, LEED certification coordination and Fundamental and Enhanced Commissioning, integrating many features to create an energy efficient building. These included a Variable Refrigerant Flow system, moving heat from hot area to cold spaces without the use of compressors, providing an energy-efficient solution for the mechanical systems. A unique feature is the integration of exhaust fans to supplement condenser air movement, using the garage exhaust to pre-condition the condenser ambient air. Occupants can control natural ventilation in their workspace with operable windows to be opened or closed as desired. It provides them with thermal comfort, and reduces the overall carbon emission.
We designed the MEP systems to be highly efficient to reduce the building’s impact on the electrical grid. Through energy and daylight modelling and the integration of a large solar array we contributed to a 70% reduction in the energy consumption. The U shape of the building ensures all spaces have daylight and the lighting control allows for nearly all lights to be turned off during sunny days. The energy efficient features contributed to the LEED Gold certification of the building.