171 Collins Street is the first premium building and the second-largest Victorian building to receive the 6 Star Green Star – Office As Built v2 certified rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Designed by award-winning architects Bates Smart, engineered by Umow Lai and managed by Knight Frank Australia, 171 Collins Street features many successful sustainability features in an architectural landmark that fuses a heritage façade with modern design.
The building includes an Australian-first ceiling tile system that absorbs office pollutants and creates a healthier office environment for workers. Meanwhile, its innovative greywater treatment program collects used water from the cyclist shower facilities and recycles it through the building’s cooling towers and toilets, offsetting more than 90 percent of the cooling towers’ water consumption.
The external high-performance façade folds light from the sky into the building, helping to achieve energy efficiency targets.
A radiant cooling and heating system and an under-floor air distribution system provides energy efficient thermal comfort for occupants, while the air conditioning system allows large quantities of outside air to be brought into the office space at a low velocity and distributed using natural stratification.
Since its completion in mid-2013, 171 Collins Street has attracted several significant awards.
In May 2014, 171 Collins Street was recognised at the prestigious International Property Awards (Asia Pacific), where it was judged the Best Commercial High Rise Development in Australia and was also highly commended in the Office Development Australia category. It was also recently awarded the Hanson’s Green Building Award at the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards in June 2014 and also received the Sustainability Development Award at the Urban Taskforce Development Excellence Awards 2014.