A carbon neutral commercial building
With a shared commitment to achieving carbon neutrality, Fortis’ foray into the creative fringe of Cremorne has aligned its latest commercial development with City of Yarra’s Climate Emergency Plan to ‘achieve zero-net emissions across the entire Yarra community by 2030’.
The 8-level commercial development comprises 9,286 square meters of premium office and ground floor retail space, basement parking and a new standard in active rooftop amenity.
The development has been designed to achieve a sustainability performance standard of Australian Best Practice, having achieved a 37% reduction in peak electricity demand and sourcing 100% of all off-site energy from certified renewable sources.
This development is under construction, with completion anticipated in Quarter 4 of 2023.
The zero carbon development features have been framed around GIW Environmental Solutions' '4Rs' of emissions management:
- Building designed to achieve a 37 per cent reduction in peak electricity demand.
- High efficiency thermal fabric and building façade optimised for thermal comfort and energy efficiency.
- A focus on highly efficient appliances and systems including efficient heat recovery ventilation, an air-cooled chiller, high efficiency variable refrigerant volume system, electric heat pump hot water and energy efficient lifts.
- Reduced lighting power density, efficient lighting and localised lighting control.
- Combination of blinds, screens, fixed devices to reduce excess solar gains.
- Double glazed windows with low-E panes.
- A fossil fuel free development through all-electric services (excluding cafe equipment).
- 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 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.