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Grocon’s Pixel Building in Melbourne has been awarded the world’s highest LEED rating by the US Green Building Council, it was announced today.
The Pixel Building scored 105 points out of a possible 110, making it the highest scoring project ever to be assessed by the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating, and one of the greenest buildings in the world – according to green star rating tools.
“There are over 44,000 buildings in 120 countries around the world that have used the LEED rating system … Pixel has now surpassed all of them,” said Grocon CEO Daniel Grollo.
Pitched as Australia’s first carbon neutral office building, Pixel was a collaborative project built by developer Grocon in partnership with sustainability consultants Umow Lai and architects studio505. The four-storey office building, located in Carton, Melbourne within the former Carlton United Brewery (CUB) site, is carbon neutral and water balanced, with green technology including wind turbines on the roof and a series of fixed and tracking solar panels. A distinctive façade of colourful panels allows maximum daylight into the building, while controlling glare and providing shade from the heat of the sun.
Shane Esmore, Umow Lai Director and Head of the Sustainability team, said: “The Pixel project demonstrates how excellence and innovation can push the boundaries of sustainable design, and while it may be only a small building, its impact will be felt on the design of other office buildings not only in Australia but around the world.”
The building has already attracted a swathe of sustainability accolades since it was completed in July 2010. It was awarded a perfect score of 100 by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), and was described at the time by GBCA Chief Executive Romily Madew as “arguably, Australia’s greenest building”. The project also won the prestigious Banksia Award, a Melbourne Award and a Premier’s Sustainability Award.
Grocon and Umow Lai are now collaborating on another groundbreaking sustainability project in Sydney. Working with architects FJMT, the design team will transform the heritage listed Legion House into a new carbon neutral corporate office for Grocon, ANZ and Freehills – set for completion in 2013.
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