By: Bettina Bergoo On: March 01, 2019 In: Comments: 0

Melbourne’s distinctive Collins Arch building is set to be a landmark in urban sustainability, targeting industry leading energy efficiency standards in a mixed-use building development.

The twin towers of the 47-level Collins Arch building – linked by an impressive skybridge – include 184 residential apartments, 50,000 square metres of premium office space across 24 levels, the 294-room 5-star W Hotel and a 1,000 square metre retail area.

The Collins Arch development will feature a range of industry leading clean energy technologies, including built in real-time energy monitoring and capacity for residential electric vehicle charging.

It will be designed to achieve a 5.5 star NABERS Energy rating for its premium commercial office space; a 4.5 star NABERS Energy rating for the W Hotel and a 7 star average NatHERS rating across the residential apartments.

The development will include high-efficiency air conditioning and energy efficient façade fabric insulation. Together these initiatives will lower energy consumption, lower carbon emissions and deliver improved operational efficiency across the project.

The clean energy initiatives are expected to deliver a minimum 20 to 25 per cent improvement on the development’s carbon footprint.

The CEFC has committed $100 million to the landmark development, which will shape the character of Melbourne’s city skyline for decades to come.  The CEFC’s finance for the project is about creating new environmentally-sustainable standards in Australian cities and locking in a low carbon approach to building design and management.

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