Innovative Application with Translucent Polycarbonate Canopy Roof in a Ground Breaking Commercial Building
Built for the Future – From Insulated Daylight Panels to Waterless Urinals
Australia is fast-tracking towards sustainable apartments, offices, schools, shopping centres and homes. We have invaluable resources and technology to draw upon for a green future. The benefits a translucent façade system or a waterless urinal (for example) can bring to the quality of life, bottom line and the environment are far-reaching. Architects, designers and consultants are itching to introduce Australia to a suite of innovative products. Innovative materials, intelligent daylight systems with polycarbonate canopy roofing, passive temperature control, thermal insulation, glazed curtain walls and more. Technology even allows us to use 3D modelling to see the benefits before committing to a build or renovation.
Australia currently draws 85% of its energy from coal and gas(*1). There is no industry that isn’t feeling the pinch on the hip pocket when bills roll in. Turning off the lights can save 6%(*2) per electricity bill but that is not enough.
What about heating, cooling, ventilation and days where you need the lights on?
Many commercial buildings lack effective daylighting systems. Occupants of office buildings, hospitals, schools, universities and shopping centres (to name a few) are suffering physically and mentally while building owners are paying outlandish energy bills. Most workers see daylight on their breaks and rely on air-conditioning for temperature control (which is usually dispersed unevenly leaving some sweating and others looking for an extra pair of socks).
‘Lifestyle Working’, Brookvale, Sydney
The Northern Beaches, just outside the Sydney CBD is home to Lifestyle Working, Brookvale(*3). Nettleton Tribe architects, Patio architects, Jamie Durie, and Stable Innovations have delivered the first strata commercial precinct of its kind in Australia(*4). In addition to being an ecologically sustainable development (ESD) and receiving a 5-star NABERS(*5) energy rating and NABERS’ 6-star water rating, it offers a triple bottom line (environmental, social and economic performance)(*4).
Ecologically Sustainable ‘Verandah Society’ Developments
Lifestyle Working offers quality of ‘work-life’ and reduced energy costs to occupants. The design is modern, reflective of the industrial history of the site, community-centric boasting key concepts of the ‘verandah society’(*4, *6, *7), and offers a swimming pool, café and restaurant. It also offers meeting and work-spaces outside of the open-lit offices, access to Warringah Mall and a Northern Beaches location that would inspire anyone to go to work each day(*4).
Energy saving applications include water harvesting and storage, waterless urinals from Uridan(*8), solar energy, VRV air-conditioning, and engineered ventilation, passive energy and daylighting(*4).
Polycarbonate Canopy Roof
What makes projects such as Lifestyle Working stand out are the innovative product applications used. 16mm Danpalon was installed across the 1000m2 roof canopy(*9). The system, made of micro-cell polycarbonate panels illuminates interiors with glare-free daylight. It also increases building heat retention and reduces heat loss(*10). The roofing has a direct impact on energy use with building electricity demands reduced for heating, cooling and lighting. For Lifestyle Working, this has a massive impact on the overheads for each tenant, not to mention future-proofing the building.
If moving towards a sustainable future was a marathon, Lifestyle Working has passed the finish line. Many industries have moved past preparation and into action for a renewable future. These future-thinkers are saving money right now, doing their part for the future and setting the benchmark.