“It is just the third government department within Australia to achieve a 6 star rating and the first in Victoria to receive the highest rating possible from the Green Building Council of Australia,” Mr Merritt said.
“Sustainability permeates every aspect of the EPA Building, a transformation of the former derelict Carlton United Brewery laboratory into one of Melbourne’s most sustainable commercial office buildings.”
In comparison, Sustainability Victoria and the Department of Transport are the only Victorian Government bodies to achieve a 5 Star rating.
Minister for Climate Change and Environment Ryan Smith said the rating represents world leadership in design, construction and interior fit-out.
Best Group were engaged as a fundamental member of the design & construct project team, working with interior designer Woods Bagot and the EPA team on the development of:
- Brand Application
- Environmental Graphics
Best Group challenged the traditional notion of interior fitout environmental graphics, adding value to the overall Green Star design intent by recreating and delivering branded and graphical elements that used recycled and re-used materials. All while balancing the commercial realities of budget and project timelines.
The development of graphics also played a fundamental role in the cultural change management process EPA Victoria undertook when they relocated to the new premises from the Herald & Weekly Times building in Southbank. The new fitout represented a paradigm shift in the way in which the organisation operates on a daily basis.
This also included external brand application as part of the vertical garden facade; now a widely recognised feature of Victoria Street in Carlton.
Best Group congratulates the wider project team on this world class accolade and are very proud to have played a vital role in the delivery of this landmark project.