Fonterra Centre

31 August 2020

Images: Hero image Simon Devitt; Abstract image Jason Mann

The Fonterra Centre is the head office of the Fonterra Co-operative Group completed in 2016. This 15,500m² building in Wynyard Quarter brought together office staff who were previously spread across five Auckland sites.

The building and fitout provides good indoor environment qualities using environmentally preferable materials. The environmental sustainable features include an all-electric heating system to deliver a low carbon operating emissions, energy efficient thermal envelope and building services design, and a water conservation system using rainwater harvesting.

The sustainable outcomes were achieved through an integrated fitout design and construction which enabled Fonterra's design requirements (such as key sustainable features, internal layout arrangements, and selection of materials) to be included throughout design; items which can be missed opportunities compared to a conventional design and build approach.


Project name: Fonterra Centre

Project Address: Fonterra Building, 109 Fanshawe St. Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

Green Star NZ Tool: Office Interiors 2009

Points awarded: 61 points

Rating achieved: 5 Green Star


Project Details

Building owner

Fonterra Cooperative Group Ltd.



Project Manager


Service Engineer

Beca Ltd.

Quantity surveyor


Main contractor

Fletcher Construction Company


Ben Masters & Anthony Gates, Beca

Acoustic Consultant


Key sustainability features

  • Integrated fitout within a designed 5 Green Star base build rated building located on a brownfield site.
  • All-electric space heating providing low carbon operating emissions.
  • Roof mounted solar thermal panels provide domestic hot water heating.
  • Rainwater harvesting and filtration for toilet flushing and landscape irrigation.


The following sustainable features have been recognised under its Green Star rating:

  • Green Star certified base building
  • Fully integrated tenancy fitout, this assisted in achieving many of the sustainable outcomes.
  • Building and Tenant User Guides provided to enable the building users to operate the building efficiently.
  • Environmental Management System adopted for the operation of the building
  • Central atrium and façade design provides good levels of daylighting and glare control
  • External views and a planted green wall and water feature reduces eyestrain and provides a visual connection to the outdoors
  • High quality acoustic comfort through reduced internal noise levels.
  • User control of thermal comfort via a fully integrated BMS with user interface.
  • All electric heating for low carbon emissions operation
  • Enhanced commissioning and building tuning to improve building services performance and energy efficiency.
  • Electrical and water sub-metering with monitoring provided throughout
  • Variable outdoor air rates that respond to occupancy demands based on CO2 concentrations (Demand Control Ventilation)
  • Lighting design with reduced energy consumption while maintaining appropriate lighting levels.
  • Low energy consumption computers, monitors, and whiteware
  • Water metering and monitoring
  • Efficient sanitary fittings and fixtures to reduce potable water consumption
  • >15% reduction in flow to stormwater compared with benchmark
  • Provision of end of trip cycling facilities and visitor cyclist parking
  • Excellent access to public transport
  • Environmentally preferable applied coatings, Adhesives, and Sealants; consisting of reduced VOCs
  • Reduced environmental impact walls, flooring, partitions, and joinery
  • Zero ODP refrigerants
  • Zero ODP Insulation materials in both manufacture and composition
  • Reduced environmental impact furniture, including the reuse of office furniture, computers, and monitors from the previous offices
  • At least 70% of construction and demolition waste reused or recycled.
  • Extensive recycling and waste storage area for the tenants use


Innovation points awarded:

  • Demand Control Ventilation
  • Extensive Solar Hot Water