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    Melbourne’s 'revolutionary' 171 Collins St wins United Nations Environment award

    David Wheeldon

    A building in Melbourne and an innovative gas heating range are among those recognised in the annual United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards.

    Charter Hall and Cbus Property were given the Green Building Award for the 171 Collins St, Melbourne, building. Described by the awards givers as a 'revolutionary building', it has also achieved a Green Star 6 Star Office Design.

    Designed by Bates Smart, impressive features include a high performance façade with cladding sections that folds the light from the sky into the base of the building. Ceramic frit on glazing and the thermally separated curtain wall with low E assist in reducing heat gain and glare.

    Images: CBUS 

    The Seeley International gas heating range was also applauded for what was recognized as a ‘new design that cuts energy use and the impact on the environment’. Their Braemar “Super-Six” Ducted Gas Heater (SA) won the  Excellence in Sustainable Product Design Award

    A host of innovative programs were recognised which preserve the natural habitat, limit food waste, build bridges between architecture and the environment and encourage young individuals to take charge of their surroundings

    Bentleigh Secondary College, ‘A Very Sustainable School (VIC)’, which has featured in Architecture & Design, was awarded the Environmental School Award.

    Winners were announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner at the Crystal Ballroom Luna Park, Sydney.

     UNAA World Environment Day Awards Winners 2014

    Hanson’s Green Building Award

    WINNER: Charter Hall and Cbus Property, 171 Collins St, Melbourne (VIC)

    NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainability Leadership Awards

    • Small and Medium Organisations

    WINNER: Daintree Discovery Centre (QLD)

    • Large Organisations

    WINNER: Teachers Mutual Bank, We believe profits should do good in the world (NSW)

    Swinburne University of Technology Excellence in Sustainable Product Design Award

    WINNER: Seeley International, Braemar “Super-Six” Ducted Gas Heater (SA)

    Virgin Australia Community Award

    WINNER: Kangaroo Island Dolphin Watch, Little Island, Big Ocean (SA)

    Business Awards

    • Best Specific Environmental Initiative

    WINNER: Hydro Tasmania, King Island Renewable Energy Integration Project (TAS)

    • Excellence in Overall Environmental Management

    WINNER: Republica Coffee (NSW)

    Biodiversity Award

    WINNER: Goolwa to Wellington Local Action Planning Association Inc. (SA)

    Environmental School Award

    WINNER: Bentleigh Secondary College, A Very Sustainable School (VIC)

    Excellence in Sustainable Water Management Award

    WINNER: Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Schools Water Efficiency Program (VIC)

    Individual Award

    WINNER: Daniel Brindley, Habitat Restoration Fund (VIC)

    Local Government Awards

    • Best Specific Environmental Initiative

    WINNER: City of Boroondara, Integrating and celebrating wildlife within Boroondara (VIC)

    • Excellence in Overall Environmental Management

    WINNER: Shoalhaven City Council, Commitment to Environmental Management and Programs (NSW)

    Media Award for Environmental Reporting

    WINNER: Stefan Armbruster/SBS World News, Dying Islands: Solomon Battles with Rising Sea Levels (QLD)

    Sustainability Education Award

    WINNER: Cultivating Community, Food Know How Program (VIC)

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