‘World leading’ Geyser building gets 6 Green Star Built tick from NZ Green Building Council

24 June 2013

After a three-year journey, the Geyser building has received another jewel in its crown with official notification yesterday from the New Zealand Green Building Council that the project has a 6 Green Star NZ Office Built V1 Certified Rating.

The design for Geyser, which was created by Pattersons Architects, received New Zealand's first 6 Green Star Design rating in 2009. The new built rating confirms that the building achieved what the designs promised.

General Manager of Samson Corporation Marco Creemers says being awarded the Built Rating is the result of a tremendous effort to be true to the designs Pattersons came up with in collaboration with Samson.

''At the start of this process we had a vision, to build a truly sustainable building that would stand the test of time and have a minimal impact on the environment,'' says Mr Creemers. ''The 6 Green Star Built rating is an affirmation that we really did achieve what we set out to with the Geyser building.''

The CEO of the New Zealand Green Building Council Alex Cutler said the 6 Green Star NZ Office Built V1 Certified Rating represents 'world leadership' in building green buildings.

''Coming up with a green building design is only the first step in what is a very challenging task – to actually build a green building,'' says Ms Cutler. ''After awarding the Geyser building New Zealand's first 6 Green Star Design Rating, we are absolutely thrilled to be able to award Geyser a 6-Green Star Built rating. It's so wonderful to see the design come to life and we commend the hard work that went into keeping the vision for the building alive and seeing it through to completion.''

Geyser uses state-of-the-art eco-technology to enable the building to heat itself by trapping warm air between its walls in the winter, while in summer the entire outer skin opens electronically for full ventilation. Twenty-five percent of the car parking spaces in the automated car park stacking system are for small cars and the building recycled 70 percent of its waste during the construction process.

Geyser also has its own rainwater harvesting system to store and supply water to low flush toilets and irrigation systems, and low flow sanitary fixtures are used throughout. The building aims to use 27 percent less energy and half the amount of artificial lighting and water.

The 6 Green Star NZ Office Built V1 Certified Rating follows a string of accolades including a Highly Commended in the Commercial Architecture Section at the 2012 World Architecture Festival, a Best in Category award in the Resene Green Building Property category, a Merit award in the Hays Commercial Office Property Category at the Property Council New Zealand Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards 2013, and two wins at the New Zealand Institute of Architecture Awards earlier this year.

Geyser is a three-storey commercial space, with 24 offices and six retail spots. It is currently 80 percent tenanted. Visit www.forlease.co.nz/geyser for more information on available space.

Photo: Simon Devitt.