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Architecture: 115 Batman Street

October 26, 2010

e+ architecture remodel a 1940s red brick factory into a Five Green Star office for an engineering consultancy’s headquarters.

When Norman Disney & Young (NDY) was looking for a new location to house its Melbourne and corporate offices in 2007, one unmovable criteria was that the building must stand as a demonstration of the company’s services and, in particular, its sustainability initiatives.

Nestled in one of inner Melbourne’s more industrial precincts, the unremarkable 1940s red brick factory was an eyesore on the local landscape and in need of refurbishment. Green Star accreditation was a priority for this project, to reflect the engineering company’s ability to ‘walk the talk’. Batman Street has achieved a 5-Star rating under Office Design and As Built v2 rating tools, as well as a 5-Star Office Interiors v1.1 rating.

It was also important to ensure the building was a practical implementation of sustainable engineering practices, with particular emphasis on energy and water conservation, while simultaneously enhancing the quality of the occupied space. On the lower levels, the lighting solution delivers a good working environment with minimal energy consumption and is aesthetically acceptable with the exposed installation method. Occupancy and daylight sensors address further energy efficiency initiatives throughout the building.

With the Batman Street project, NDY and e+ architecture have delivered a building that is not only environmentally sustainable and commercially viable, but a showcase of NDY’s commitment to go beyond the building codes to improve environmental performance, and minimise lifecycle environmental impact and cost.

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