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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

HIP V. HYPE Sustainability led the design team to set the following sustainability objectives for the project:

_Passively maintain comfortable internal temperatures all year round and protect inhabitants from extreme weather events
_Create a healthy working environment, including reduction in the use of harmful VOCs and protection 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

Victoria’s 4 million hectares of park land helps sustain our environment, delivering biodiversity, health, liveability and economic benefits. We were excited to help create a healthy, productive and beautiful environment to support Park Victoria’s staff in their important work.

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

_Mixed mode conditioning strategy to promote healthier indoor environments while minimising energy consumption
_Budget analysis to demonstrate cost/benefit of initiatives
_JV3 compliance pathway
_As-built Indoor Environment Quality performance assessment and optimisation advice to ensure a healthy, comfortable workplace

IMPACT

Key measures incorporated:

_High efficiency glazing and thermal envelope
_Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structural elements
_30 kW solar panel system
_Intelligent lighting control system
_Economy cycle fan assisted natural ventilation
_Automated external blinds
_10,000 litre rainwater tank plumbed to toilets and providing irrigation water

Parks Victoria Office during construction. Image: Ben Hosking

The project is projected to see the following 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

A preliminary Life Cycle Assessment showed that the project’s use of Cross Laminated Timber, which acts as an overall ‘carbon sink’, results in a significantly lower embodied emissions profile than would otherwise be seen.

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