Heritage Lanes nabs the first 6-Star Green Star Buildings rating

by Sophie Berrill
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Heritage Lanes

Heritage Lanes in Brisbane has become the first building to be awarded a 6-Star Green Star Buildings certification.

Green Star is an internationally recognised Australian sustainability rating and certification system from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). The ‘Green Star – Buildings’ rating launched in 2020, providing a means of certification for building design and construction. It sits alongside three other Green Star rating tools for ‘Performance’, ‘Interiors’ and ‘Communities’. 

Six stars signifies ‘World Leadership’ in sustainability performance, according to the GBCA. It is reserved for highly efficient buildings that are fully powered by renewables and address a significant number of environmental and social issues, while contributing to the community. 

GBCA CEO Davina Rooney says the new Green Star Buildings rating tool has elevated the benchmark for sustainable development – and Mirvac’s Heritage Lanes has risen to meet the challenge.  

“Before we had launched Green Star Buildings, Mirvac had committed to reach the highest certification of our Green Star standard, based on the previous rating tool,” says Rooney.

“Their unwavering commitment to sustainability has ensured that Heritage Lanes is now one of Australia’s smartest and most sustainable office buildings.” 

Heritage Lanes

Heritage Lanes is located at 80 Ann Street, Brisbane, and consists of 60,000 square metres (sqm) of commercial office space across 35 levels.

Suncorp occupies two-thirds of the building and is joined by KPMG, Woods Bagot, Mirvac, IWG (Spaces) and APA. There are also 14 retail tenants across 1500 sqm and more than 1900 sqm of usable outdoor space at ground level.

State-of-the-art smart building technology collects more than 90 billion data points daily, delivering one of Australia’s most intelligent and responsive buildings, according to the GBCA.

The road to 6 Stars

The GBCA says Heritage Lanes’ focus on putting people at the forefront of design led to innovative measures to achieve the 6-Star Green Star rating.  

Incorporating features for improved air quality and natural light exposure, the smart and sustainable design reflects a partnership between Mirvac and its tenants to provide a flexible, ‘uniquely Queensland’ workplace with a high level of sustainability. 

The entire lobby level is ‘breathable’, with louvred and shugg windows that open and shut to enjoy the Queensland weather. There are also multiple mixed-mode tenant floors so people can choose the setting that suits them. 

Mirvac’s group general manager, commercial and mixed-use development, Simon Healy, says Heritage Lanes aimed to be one of the “most sustainable new buildings in Australia” from the outset.

“We were committed to achieving quality outcomes for both the project and the city,” he says.

“Heritage Lanes is Mirvac’s first large-scale, net-zero carbon in operation office development, powered by 100 percent renewable electricity. It has created an inclusive and vibrant community, which includes the cross-block public laneway known as ‘Market Lane’, an urban garden, arbour, and reflection pool, and has an impressive showcase of artworks by First Nations artists.”

Read about how Charter Hall broke the record for the most 6-Star Green Star Performance-rated office buildings.

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