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Parks Victoria Head Office

Parks Victoria wanted a head office that spoke to its focus as an organisation – Healthy Parks, Healthy People. The location alongside Albert Park Lake created opportunities to connect the building to the natural environment. Use of raw, natural and innovative materials, fresh air, daylight and high resource efficiency were considered vital.

HIP V. HYPE Sustainability worked with Archier and Harrison & White to develop a design that embodies these ideas and worked throughout the design process to resolve and refine their delivery.

CONTEXT

Victoria’s 4 million hectares of parkland helps sustain our environment, delivering biodiversity, health, livability and economic benefits. HIP V. HYPE Sustainability supported the design team to create a healthy, productive and beautiful office for Parks Victoria.

Project objectives:

_Passively maintain year-round comfortable internal temperatures
_Reduce the use of harmful VOCs
_Protect from external airborne pollutants
_Ensure lower running costs
_Target ‘Zero Net Energy’ so that the building produces as much energy as it consumes
_Minimise consumption of natural resources and impacts through all stages

Parks Victoria Office during construction. Image: Ben Hosking

ACTION + ADVICE

_Sustainability Strategy: benchmarking analysis and target setting to ensure the project stays true to the original vision from concept through to operation
_Preliminary Life Cycle Analysis to inform construction methodology and material selection
_Energy and daylight modelling to demonstrate performance over business as usual
_Solar system sizing to balance upfront cost, operational savings and energy production

Parks Victoria Office during construction - cross laminated timber. Image: Ben Hosking

IMPACT

Key measures:

_High efficiency glazing and thermal envelope
_30 kW solar panel system
_Intelligent lighting control system
_Economy cycle fan assisted natural ventilation
_Automated external blinds
_10,000L rainwater tank plumbed to toilets and irrigation system
_Cross Laminated Timber structural elements, which acts as a carbon sink resulting in lower embodied emissions

Projected benefits:

_Savings of over $13,000 on annual utility costs
_56,000 KG reduction in annual carbon emissions
_Savings of 205,000 litres of potable water through rainwater capture and storage

Parks Victoria Office during construction. Image: Ben Hosking

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