Project Photos by MPH Architects
900 employees from seven locations have been united at the new DEWNR 10,000 square metre headquarters, spread across eight floors, at 81 Waymouth Street in Adelaide.
Saving the department $30 million across 12 years, the project team was tasked to transform the 35-year old dormant ATO building into an energy efficient, green building of the future.
The project has achieved a 6 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia against the Office Interiors V1 tool. DEWNR is the first project in Australia to be awarded this rating in the first round of assessment.
The building includes the following sustainability attributes:
- Tenancy designed to achieve minimum 5 Stars NABERS Energy and Water rating
- 45% reduction in carbon emissions when compared to a business as usual commercial fitout
- Airconditioning Is fully automated via BMS and controlled in small thermal zones
- All lighting is LED lighting with colour rendering and smart controls
- All interior finishes are low VOC and low formaldehyde
- Extensive interior planting to reduce indoor carbon dioxide and improve staff health and wellbeing
- Materials which were locally available, made from recycled content and sustainable credentials and supply chains were prioritised for finishes
- End of trip facilities catering for over 30% of staff to encourage active commutes by staff
dsquared was appointed as State Government advisors for the project for the project, undertaking reviews of the proposed design approaches and scope of works in conjunction with the Schiavello design and construct team. Our involvement included input on cost effective ways to obtain a 6 Star Green Star Interiors certified rating, a full life cycle analysis modelling, sustainable transport plan, social return on investment modelling, staff engagement, NABERS Energy predictive modelling, and support in the development of a site specific Reconciliation Action Plan.
South Australian CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award 2017
Master Builders South Australia – Environmental & Sustainable Construction – Commercial (Commendation)
Adelaide, South Australia
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. South Australian Government
Environmentally Sustainable Design
Building Performance Simulation
Green Building Ratings
Engagement and Advocacy