34-40 Cubitt Street, Cremorne

A zero carbon commercial building.

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Development summary

Located in the heart of Cremorne, this commercial development comprises around 100 square metres of retail space, 8,500 square metres of office space and will be constructed over eight levels plus a basement.

The development has been designed to achieve a sustainability performance standard of Australian excellence. With a commitment to achieving carbon neutrality for the building’s operation, all new tenants will have the opportunity to obtain Climate Active certification. 

This development has planning approval and has not yet been constructed (as at early 2022).

GIW Environmental Solutions, the Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) team, applied their ‘4Rs’ of emissions management to deliver on a zero carbon commitment for the development:


  • Building façade optimised for thermal comfort and energy efficiency, with a north oriented main façade and three additional street frontages with direct solar access
  • A focus on highly efficient appliances and systems including efficient heat recovery ventilation, an air-cooled reverse cycle chiller, electric heat pump hot water and energy efficient lifts
  • Reduced lighting power density, efficient lighting and localised lighting control
  • Designed to achieve a 35 per cent reduction in peak electricity demand
  • Double glazed, neutrally tinted windows with low-E panes retain warmth in winter and keep heat out in summer and also minimise noise
  • Open air fire stairs are incorporated into the façade design, encouraging everyday use to reduce lift usage and improve occupant wellbeing


  • A fossil fuel free development through all-electric services, with no use of gas on-site
  • Generating renewable energy on-site via 15kilowatt rooftop solar system
  • A 10-year commitment to purchase grid-supplied accredited GreenPower to meet the building’s remaining electricity needs


  • Additional carbon emissions will be offset under the National Carbon Offset Standard 
  • A carbon neutrality education and engagement program will be offered to tenants


  • A commitment to set, measure and report against environmental performance targets
  • On-going refinement of performance, education and reporting against energy and water consumption targets
  • Metering and monitoring system to monitor building energy and water consumption, including all energy and water use in common areas and major uses

Other sustainability features 


Little Projects Development


DKO Architecture  

Environmentally Sustainable Design

GIW Environmental Solutions 

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