Gold Coast’s greenest towers: MRCB 26 Vista sets a new tone for premium sustainable design

by Benay Ozdemir
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MRCB is claiming it is ever-expanding its urban footprint with its latest sustainable development, 26 Vista. The eco-conscious, luxurious tower is set in Vista Street, Surfers Paradise.

The proposed new corporate plan aims to reduce the site’s carbon footprint and lower resident energy bills setting a new tone for premium sustainable design. It places a greater emphasis on climate change resilience in line with new federal emission policies.

MRCB has adapted an all-electric energy solution for 26 Vista. By eliminating gas, MRCB has stated that this commitment has led to it becoming one of the Gold Coast’s most energy efficient developments.

MRCB CEO Ravi Krishnan highlights the company’s excitement at the prospect of 26 Vista becoming one of the sustainability leaders on the Gold Coast.

“We are proudly moving away from gas, a move that is widely popular interstate but rarely explored with Gold Coast developments,” he says.

DBI Architects managing director Raith Anderson explains the importance of introducing a functional eco-centric design that capitalises on the subtropical climate of Queensland.

Anderson explains that “26 Vista is oriented toward the east to take advantage of the sunlight and ocean breezes, while cross-ventilation pathways that have been introduced throughout residences and in communal spaces allow for greater airflow”.

“MRCB is determined to reduce reliance on air conditioning and imbue the project with an openness not typically realised when buildings have extreme dependency on air-conditioning,” Anderson adds.

In a move to reduce carbon emissions, MRCB has partnered with Swiss company V-Zug, who have manufactured home appliances focusing on carbon neutral operations. V-Zug uses photovoltaic and hydro power, allowing its appliances to incorporate unique modes for reduced energy consumption.

26 Vista is located right on the Gold Coast light rail, encouraging residents to use public transport and adapt to a car-free ownership lifestyle. Additionally, it has secured one of Gold Coast’s first ever electric vehicle car share programs, stating that the necessary power infrastructure will be put into place to support its all-electric energy solution and EV charging provisions for residents.

Constructions for the building will commence in the third quarter of 2023.

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