Civic Place building will be as ‘green’ as you like

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We’re all going green and one of the biggest public projects in South Western Sydney will be no exception.

Liverpool Civic Place on the corner of Scott and Macquarie Streets has been designed to achieve a 5 Star Green Star rating.

Green Star is a voluntary sustainability rating system for buildings in Australia launched by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

 The Green Star rating system assesses the sustainability of projects at all stages of the built environment life cycle.

Ratings can be achieved at the planning phase for communities, during the design, construction or fit out phase of buildings, or during the ongoing operational phase.

 NABERS rates buildings on how efficiently they use energy, water, cater for indoor environments and manage waste.

Liverpool Civic Place will also have a 5 Star NABERS (National Australian Built Environment Rating System) energy base building rating and a 3.5 Star NABERS water whole building rating.

Other environmentally sustainable design (ESD) initiatives include:

Integration of Green Star and NABERS principles to the design of the public library;

Use of passive design elements such as external sun shading and building orientation;

High-performance façade systems to provide comfort and minimise energy consumption;

Green roof elements and public domain landscaping to reduce urban heat island effects;

Onsite solar power to generate renewable energy and reduce impacts on the electricity grid;

High efficiency LED lighting and controls;

Extensive energy metering and monitoring;

Use of environmentally friendly materials and finishes such as Responsible Steel, best practice or non-PVC, low embodied carbon concrete, low VOC paints, adhesives & sealants, carpets and engineered wood products; and

Design that caters for future impacts of climate change through passive and active interventions that create a building resilient to environmental shocks and stressors.

Demolition and excavation works of Liverpool Civic Place are expected to finish in mid-2021, with the Council Works component of the development estimated to be complete by the end of 2022 or early in 2023. 

 This project will also provide job creation and employment training opportunities. It is estimated that at the peak of construction Liverpool Civic Place will have 350 workers on site of which 30 roles will be new construction industry graduates and apprentices.

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