Transport Accident Commission Headquarters, Australia

The Transport Accident Commission (TAC) Corporate Headquarters in Geelong incorporates seven levels of dedicated office tenancy, retail tenancies including cafes, and basement parking.

FKP Property Group's brief was to provide a new facility in Geelong to accommodate the relocation of TAC's corporate headquarters from Melbourne.

The development proposal needed to be flexible to meet TAC's changing working environment, but also had to represent Australian best practice in sustainable building design.

The project responds to and reflects the heritage of the site which was originally a wool store. The National Wool Museum is located directly adjacent to the site and the site heritage is reflected in public artwork.

Design solutions had to be developed to address social, environmental and economic issues on balance. The main challenge for this project was to establish a design that promoted enhanced indoor environmental quality including daylight access, glare reduction and improved indoor air quality while not sacrificing energy efficiency on a commercial development budget. Water efficiency was also a key issue due to local water restrictions.

Aurecon's extensive previous experience in passive design and performance simulation of sustainable building design was integral to defining, assessing and validating appropriate sustainable design options. Detailed predictive analysis and visualisation of shading and daylighting was carried out as the first step to inform the passive design elements. This process was then used to inform the energy performance analysis of proposed active building environmental control systems and predict annual energy use and greenhouse gas reduction.

Key sustainable design features include extensive passive solar design response, high performance façade, underfloor air distribution, intelligent lighting control, water efficient fixtures and systems, solar thermal domestic hot water, impulse carpark ventilation and a central vacuum.

Aurecon collaborated with FKP Property Group and the construction team from concept design through to completion to meet the project objectives. A purpose designed 5 star Green Star development, it incorporates extensive sustainable building design features that seek to promote enhanced environmental and social quality. The building's passive and active design elements respond directly to building form and orientation, as well as provide tenant flexibility.

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