The Brisbane office of engineering firm Floth has won an international award from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) in recognition of their sustainable design and performance.

Located at 69 Robertson Street in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, the office was crowned a champion of green building at the WorldGBC’s Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards for 2016 at a special event in Mumbai. Floth, which designed and occupies the building, was presented with the Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance (Commercial) award.

The building, 69 Robertson Street, was the first in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Design & As Built v1.1 rating and was described by Green Building Council Australia CEO, Romily Madew as an energy-efficiency powerhouse.

The WorldGBC’s Leadership in Sustainable Design and Performance Award is presented to green building projects that set new benchmarks for sustainability. Winners are named across the sub-categories of residential, commercial and institutional buildings.

69 Robertson Street won the prestigious award for its ability to generate 53 per cent fewer operational carbon emissions than a building built to code. A roof-mounted solar photovoltaic system offsets 28 per cent of the building's final operational energy, and the building will also be zero carbon in operation through the purchase of 100 per cent GreenPower supply.

The new office building is fitted with the latest occupancy- and daylight- controlled direct- indirectLED lighting systems. Heat recovery variable refrigerant flow air conditioning systems are literally able to move heating or cooling from one part of the building to another as required. 

High indoor air quality is assured with a 50 per cent increase in outside air being delivered to occupants via variable air volume systems that are demand controlled in response to zoned carbon dioxide sensors.

The WorldGBC’s regional leadership awards program also honoured India’s Delhi Metro Rail Corporation, as well as Hong Kong’s Construction Industry Council’s Zero Carbon Building and Double Cove.

Green building projects and companies were nominated for the biennial awards by the 15 green building councils that make up the WorldGBC’s Asia Pacific Regional Network.