The new ASB North Wharf building in Auckland has earned itself five Green Stars from the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) for excellence in sustainability.
Features that contributed to the rating include its water-efficient fittings, rainwater harvesting and windows that open, allowing natural ventilation.
The building also has a ‘Helioflek’ light reflector on its roof that will bounce natural light from different angles throughout the structure.
Inside the building, spaces have been designed with ‘activity-based working’ in mind. (See ASB community strategist Simone McCallum’s blog post about the company’s new digs.) The majority of the staff will have no assigned desks, and will instead move freely around the office.
"We hope it inspires other corporates to make the effort to 'go green' early in the planning and building process - because it pays off in many ways down the track,” says NZGBC CEO Alex Cutler.
Waterfront Auckland CEO John Dalzell hopes to see more buildings like the ASB North Wharf building on the waterfront and Wynyard Quarter.
“Whether it's green building techniques or renewable energy, we all have a vested interest in creating a sustainable Auckland waterfront that is resilient to change,” says Dalzell.