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1200 Buildings - 490 Spencer Street, West Melbourne | City of Melbourne

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Uploaded on Jul 26, 2011

Find Out More: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/1200b...

490 Spencer Street is a small office building that packs a big punch when it comes to energy efficiency. The building has undergone an integrated retrofit to reduce building energy consumption and the tenants play an active role in managing operational efficiency. Solar photo voltaic can supply up to 100 per cent of the building's power depending on the amount of sunlight available and energy required.

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490 SPENCER STREET -- DR. DAVE COLLINS

Four-ninety Spencer Street is an old tilt slab construction, concrete building, it had almost no insulation when we started, it had single-glazing, it had west facing windows, no north facing windows, it was pretty much a design that said 'do everything worst' and that's what we've got. We run a consulting company here called 'Synergetics Environmental Engineering' when we were confronted with the opportunity to create a green building, we thought 'yeah, we can do that'. We call this the 'green spaces'. By virtue of its name it attracted people off the streets, we did absolutely zero advertising for tenants. People want to be part of something that's useful and fun and gives them opportunities to work with other interesting people, I think that's the objective, and I think there's a different paradigm. Rather than sort of creating this thing off the production line 'hey, here's a green building, everyone move in' it's more about, 'hey, let's work together and see what we can create'. The '1200 Buildings' objective is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. That's a very nice fit for us, and when the City of Melbourne contacted us about joining them we were, you know, very keen. So I think the first step is getting, if you like, your tenants onboard, because at the end of the day a green building has to be operated in a green way to achieve it's sustainability outcomes. Every building has it's own quirks, it'll be oriented differently, it'll be different building construction materials, and so what we've got to do is actually look at the context, and saying 'okay, let's start that journey'. The benefits of having a green building are enormous financially; we've at least tripled the income from this building. We're about six months into our twelve months assessment of the performance of the building and so far we've got between sixty and eighty per-cent reduction in our per-person energy consumption, and of course that makes it a lot easier than to use renewable energy, because you don't need so many PV cells to offset that. If you've got a two or three storey building then you should be able to get a zero emissions with a little bit of work and not much money. Any building owner, who wants to improve their income and do the right thing by the environment, should consider a green building.

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