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Mounts Bay Road in Perth. “The Alluvion Building was awarded a four-star
Green Star office design (v2) rating by the GBCA, so the client requested we
follow the same green principles without applying for the formal rating.
“Therefore, selecting materials with sustainable properties was paramount,
and included low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and glues,
recycled fabrics, seating with recycled components and products from
companies with sustainable practices. Our focus on WA- and Australian-
made products had the added benefit of having less embodied energy and
CO2 emissions associated with smaller transport distances.”
Similarly, the National Australian Built Environment Rating System
(NABERS) is having an effect on office design. The performance-based
system rates existing buildings on their measured operational impacts on the
environment, and provides an indication of how well these environmental
impacts are being managed, compared with peers and neighbours.
“NABERS has pushed most middle-aged buildings to review their
consumption, so we have a certain amount of movement and activity, as
well as a welcome heightened level of design awareness,” says Derek Hays.
“In many cases, upgrades to these buildings are now being undertaken to
improve their energy ratings, offering benefits to both owner and tenant.
“It is envisaged that within the city commercial space, an opportunity
to implement a higher level of design outcome for all is upon us,” he
continues. “It’s prime time, and up to the local designers to educate the
clients on how best to execute welcoming sustainable environments for
the clients and their employees.”
FROM MATERIALS TO END-OF-TRIP FACILITIES
Sustainability is a complex and broad area. In the past, there has often been
more talk than action, with the word thrown around as a marketing ploy, but
it seems more people are now ‘walking the walk’.
TOP Trojan Horse Interiors used sustainable materials in its fitout for the Cape Bouvard Development’s
office to stay inline with the four-star Green Star rating awarded to the building in which it is situated.
ABOVE Perth’s Public Transport Authoritry offices – designed by Woodhead – feature large spaces to
allow for group interaction.
“It is envisaged that within the city
commercial space, an opportunity
to implement a higher level of
design outcome for all is upon us”
Derek Hays, Hames Sharley
“Sustainability can incorporate all the practices involved in designing a
space,” says Lara of Trojan Horse. “It’s about the materials used, through to
the end use. Where possible, you want to use existing walls and materials,
local products and, once the design is complete, you want to advise how the
office should operate to maintain sustainability.”
The impact on worker wellbeing, such as access to daylight and views,
thermal comfort and air quality and ergonomics, are also being addressed
as part of sustainability. In addition, end-of-trip facilities are becoming
standard. “Providing bike racks and showering facilities promotes healthy
and eco-aware staff,” says Derek. “Staff will operate more effectively after
exercise and providing them ample space to integrate their exercise into the
daily schedule can have onward time-management benefits to the employer.”
The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) – the UK
Government’s advisor on architecture, urban design and public space – says
one of the biggest challenges for office design lies in balancing requirements
for communication and concentration, and devising spaces that can respond
to and catalyse the highly complex process of social interaction at work.
Most organisations work in teams. Open plan encourages interaction,
team building and communication, but there needs to be a balance between
interaction and privacy. Experts agree there continues to be an increased trend
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