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6 Star rating for HASSELL Dandenong project

September 27, 2011

HASSELL’s Government Services Office in Dandenong awarded highest sustainability rating by GBCA.

A new state government office in Dandenong, Victoria designed by HASSELL has been awarded the highest sustainability rating available from the Green Building Council of Australia.

The new Government Services Office forms part of the Revitalising Central Dandenong urban renewal project run by VicUrban, and is being developed by Grocon.

The base building has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Office Design sustainability rating – the highest green star rating available, establishing the project as a benchmark for sustainable office design.

Among the building’s sustainability initiatives is the inclusion of timber cladding made from bushfire-affected timber, sourced from trees destroyed during the 2009 Victorian bushfires in Kinglake.

Other initiatives include a patterned frit element on the external glazing to reduce thermal heat load and solar glare while still maximising exposure to natural daylight. An underfloor air distribution system improves the indoor environment quality in place of mechanical ventilation systems, reducing the building’s energy use.

The project also features over 14,000sqm of PCA A-Grade open-plan office space linked through naturally ventilated pocket atria, along with a landscaped roof terrace.

The project is targeting fitout ratings of 5 Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS, along with a 4.5 Star NABERS base building rating. The building is due for completion by late 2011.

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