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Planning permission for AIA’s carbon neutral office

41 Exhibition Street by Lyons

41 Exhibition Street redevelopment [Source: Lyons]

City of Melbourne has granted planning approval for 41 Exhibition Street, home of the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA). Designed by Lyons, the 21 storey building will contain a ground level of ‘micro’ retail, four levels housing the AIA and 16 levels of commercial offices.

Carey Lyon said that the design concept “references the importance of Melbourne’s laneways, and helps maintain the fine grain of the city’s built environment.”

“Too often small sites in the city get land-banked and eventually aggregated, resulting in large-scale developments and a loss of the fine grain elements that can help define a city’s character. By creating a 20-storey building with a total space of only 5000 square metres on this small footprint site, we are adding variety and interest into the urban streetscape.”

Aiming for a 5 Star Green Star (Office v3) rating, the building will feature a high performance façade system and active chilled beams throughout – achieving a 40% energy saving when measured against ‘business as usual’. It will also incorporate storage of storm water for flushing of toilets, bicycle parking, and areas for tenants waste management.

According to a total carbon assessment run by the AIA, it is projected that the building will achieve a 43 per cent carbon reduction through energy efficiency, waste management, transport strategies and use of sustainable materials; 60 per cent carbon saving by the purchase of appropriate green power; and 100 per cent carbon neutrality by using carbon offsets through owners and tenancy agreements.

Global Occupancy Costs – Offices

DTZ’s 13th annual Global Occupancy Costs – Offices report reveals that six Australian cities are among the world’s 100 most expensive. Melbourne’s occupancy cost per workstation increased to a rank of 53 […]