RPS (Conics) Building
Commercial - Planning and Management, Design and Materials
Dilapidated commercial structure transformed into modern professional offices
Total Gross Floor Area: 3,300 m²
5 star NABERS energy efficiency Variable Refrigerant Volume (VRV) air-conditioning system
Energy star rating is 4 Star Green Star - Office Design v2 Certified Rating ('Best Practice')
Location: 135 Abbott Street, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Year Completed: 2009
The key focus of this project was to transform an existing dilapidated commercial structure split in two halves over five levels into an energy efficient building with an official Australian Green Building Council Green Star rating. The renovated building provides the regional headquarters for the growing RPS Group, previously housed over several sites. The existing structure was re-used along with careful façade design, sun shading and an efficient floor plan resulting in an energy efficient design respecting the tropical environment.
The problem of connecting the levels was overcome by inserting a central staircase and lift to the centre of the building. New balconies and awnings were created along the two exposed faces giving staff access to fresh air and to provide shading to the elevations to enhance energy efficiency.
New suspended lighting was installed to exposed concrete soffit ceilings. Work stations conform to green star levels of illumination, and lights and motorised blinds were connected to the building’s new C-Bus system. A new VRV air-conditioning system was installed to maximise the sustainability of the building, and new water saving plumbing fixtures were integrated into the new hydraulics system.
Internal finishes were chosen from recycled, environmentally sustainable or low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials.
The Building has been awarded a 4 Star Green Star - Office Design v2 Certified Rating, which represents 'Best Practice'.