Given the ubiquity of climate change and the pressure of urbanisation on our already-overpopulated city spaces, future-proofing our buildings just makes sense.
The less negative impact a design can have on the environment, the greater benefit it may prove to have in the long run. But going green is not just a once-off investment. A sustainable building is not deemed sustainable, because you plug green elements into the initial design alone. Rather, what makes a building green is the degree to which smart, connected systems interweave and continue to optimise operational efficiency over time.
Operational efficiency has been enhanced at TAC Headquarters. The TAC is now a green building, having achieved an initial 4.5 Green Star rating from the Green Buildings Council of Australia (GBCA), which was later optimised to a 5 Green Star rating. We were able to reduce the carbon footprint by 50 per cent and increase the solar energy generation on the premises by 7.9 per cent per year.
Additionally, the greenhouse gas emissions that were generated from running the building have decreased by an average of 7 per cent per year. So, evident were our achievements that the initial 4.5 NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) rating was optimised to a 5.5 NABERS rating within one year.
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