Auckland’s VXV Precinct achieves double Green Star ratings

21 January 2016

Two buildings in Auckland’s VXV Precinct have achieved 5 Green Star Design ratings, denoting ‘New Zealand excellence’ for sustainability.

VXV is the new brand for the commercial hub that forms the gateway to Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter. Fronting onto Fanshawe Street and spanning three blocks, it’s a high-profile location positioned between Victoria Park and the Viaduct Harbour.

The precinct is being progressively developed by Goodman and Fletcher Building, with all the buildings targeting Green Star. In recognition of the precinct-wide approach, NZGBC has pre-approved Green Star credits across the project – giving the remaining buildings at various stages of development, a head start towards Green Star.

The new 16,000 sq m headquarters of Fonterra is situated in the middle of the precinct on the corner of Fanshawe and Halsey Streets. Designed by Jasmax and due for completion in January, it’s the first of three buildings currently under development to achieve its Green Star rating. That was followed soon after by the Datacom building, slated for completion in 2017.

The Fonterra Building, on the corner of Fanshawe and Halsey streets, has seven storeys of office space and one level of basement carparking. Designed to maximise outdoor views, it features rainwater storage, a high-performance double glazed façade and advanced energy monitoring to keep track of its ongoing efficiency.

Fonterra is now working on its interior fit-out and has registered for a Green Star Interiors rating.

The Datacom building on the corner of Gaunt and Daldy streets has six storeys of office space and two levels of basement carparking. Designed by Architectus, it also features numerous sustainability features including a high-performance façade and energy monitoring.

Other key sustainability features of both buildings include:

  • energy efficient lighting and HVAC
  • low-flow water fittings
  • recycling waste storage
  • parking for fuel-efficient and carpool vehicles
  • cyclist facilities.
  • NZGBC CEO Alex Cutler says it’s particularly pleasing to see developers rejuvenating a brownfield site and applying Green Star across multiple buildings.

    “Looking at sustainable design across a whole precinct, rather than taking a building-by-building approach makes for a far better, more integrated outcome. Goodman and Fletcher Building have thought holistically and are creating an asset that will benefit Auckland for years to come.

    “Green Star means better-quality assets that perform better for investors, owners and tenants.”

    John Dakin, Chief Executive Officer of Goodman (NZ) Limited, says, “An increasing focus on corporate responsibility and sustainability means our business customers want the very latest in office accommodation. It’s the type of commercial space we are developing across our portfolio, with buildings that integrate new technology, sustainable design features and energy-efficient building systems that support modern workplace practices.”