35 Scott Street
Imagine the energy-efficient office of the future. do you see a space filled with smart gadgets and low-energy technologies? Lets access the site first – the site is located within 500m of most major public transport services. The “advanced energy office” has proven that offices can cut their energy use 30-60% by taking on a comprehensive office retrofit. Of course, efficient technologies play a role. But smart design – of the office space and lighting – is where efficiency really begins.
The building was designed as a mixed use environment and a contemporary aesthetic, with flexible letting options in terms of unit sizes, sub-divisible floor plates and calming user friendly private spaces with the Internal courtyard. The heating and cooling of the building are shared between natural ventilation system and operational costs of the building. The external building envelope as the outermost part of the building plays the main role in creating the comfort conditions (visual, sound and thermal comfort) for their users. The external envelopes of the building was designed for appropriate thermal performance and reduction of the total energy demand. Sun screening to the Northern and Western façade’s are by ventilated screens. All Western facade glass is performance glass which minimizes heat gain and loss.
Rain water is harvested and stored in tanks in the basement and utilized for WC and urinal flushing and landscape irrigation, all of which are separately metered. Open-able areas per floor(usable area) are between 7-10%. The atrium/lobby provide for cross ventilation through office areas, and a stack to expel hot air from internal areas. There will be vent openings at the top of the atrium, all automated and linked to the BMS to open and close under most favourable conditions.
Fresh air is supplied by the mechanical system when these conditions are not met. A range of other design elements make a difference in the office of the future. Standardized sizes for workstations and equipment means fewer components are discarded when the space needs to be reconfigured.
Low-VOC(volatile organic Compound) materials protect air quality and easy-to-disemble furniture aids recycling when a place has to come to the end of its usable life. Colour choice makes a difference too. A lighter colour palette for fabrics, carpets, and desktops help make the most available light. Thinking sustainably, we make conservative, colour choices that will stand the test of time for permanent elements like building envelopes, furniture and carpets.