Ken Morrison, CEO – Property Council of Australia
ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABILITY DESIGN INITIATIVES
ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABILITY DESIGN INITIATIVES EXPLAINED
PERFECT GREENSTAR SCORE
Pixel has achieved all of the available rating credits under all of the categories of the Greenstar V3 Office Design and Greenstar As Built rating system.
Pixel was designed to be carbon neutral using definitions from the UK that were applicable when design began. WATER BALANCE Given that Melbourne returns to the 10 year rainfall average 1999-2009, Pixel could be disconnected from the mains supply and would be self sufficient for water supply.
WORLD’S HIGHEST LEED ENVIRONMENTAL RATING
LEED is the environmental rating tool of the United States Green Building Council. Pixel has achieved a Platinum score under the rating system.
TARGET TO ACHIEVE A BREEAM
Pixel is currently being assessed under the BREEAM “Bespoke International” environmental rating tool. Pixel is targeted to achieve the highest score yet achieved.
PIXELCRETE ENVIRONMENTAL CONCRETE
Grocon has developed a new structural concrete design which halved the embodied carbon within the concrete mix. This product has a very significant potential worldwide impact.
FREE NIGHT COOLING
The Pixel facade includes smart window technology that automatically opens the windows of the facade on cool nights to enable the night air to flood into the building and cool the structure.
100% FRESH AIR
All of the air being distributed and used in the Pixel building is 100% fresh air.
GAS FIRED ABSORPTION CHILLER
The gas fired absorption chiller is the first of its kind in a commercial building in Australia. As a consequence of this technology the carbon emissions from the energy are dramatically lowered.
TRACKING AND FIXED PHOTOVOLTAIC PANELS
Pixel has implemented an extensive photovoltaic array on the roof of the building, which orient the panels towards the sun at all times of the year.
DAYLIGHT GLARE CONTROL
Pixel is designed to provide 100% daylight penetration into the office space whilst allowing screen based technologies to be deployed without the need for blinds.
WATER SENSITIVE DESIGN; IRRIGATION, BUILDING USE, REED BED IRRIGATION
Water falling on the Pixel building as rainwater will be collected after it has been used to irrigate the living roof.
VACUUM TOILET TECHNOLOGY
Pixel is the first project in Australia to implement small scale vacuum toilet technology. Vacuum toilet systems reduce the water consumption to an absolute minimum.
A tank system on the ground level of the Pixel building holds all of the black waste from toilets and kitchen facilities. Methane is extracted from the waste and used for the hot water heaters on the roof of the Pixel building.