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The project consisted of an underground basement carpark, reinforced concrete wall sump storm water catchment, feature sand dune pattern tilt-up panels, structural steel and double glazed argon filled glazed facades, with numerous ESD initiatives as mentioned below in more detail.
A major focus has been to include a range of leading edge sustainable design features and technologies that will provide a concrete real-life example of sustainability in action; create an iconic ‘lighthouse’ library and community centre that makes the Cottesloe, Peppermint Grove and Mosman Park Councils sustainability pioneers on a national scale. Innovative ESD technologies/features include climate sensitive building design (e.g. thermal maze, in ground heat exchange, double glazing and use of natural lighting); energy and water-efficient fixtures and fittings (e.g. dimmable lighting control and waterless urinals); rainwater harvesting; onsite treatment and reuse of wastewater; renewable energy (solar panels and wind turbine) and storm water treatment.
The project is the first public building in the Perth metropolitan area to have a rainwater supply for internal potable uses (in a scheme water serviced area). Onsite treatment of waste water, a dedicated thermal maze for reducing peak cooling demand, heat exchange using groundwater (three other projects in WA have water heat exchange systems, but use seawater rather than groundwater), and under floor displacement type
air-conditioning system, defines the nature of this building. The yellow water diversion component of the onsite wastewater treatment system is a first for Western Australia.
The Grove won the Energy Smart Category in the National Local Government Awards and automatically entered into the overall 2012 National Award for Excellence.
“The commitment from PS Structures to deliver a quality building in all aspects and details, to the extent that the builder improves the quality of some finishes and details at its own expense, is exceptional and something I haven’t come across before in the construction industry.”
Christian Wetjen – Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland
SHIRE OF PEPPERMINT GROVE
COX HOWLETT & BAILEY WOODLAND