The new Commonwealth Bank flagship campus at the heart of a $550 million Darling Quarter development in Sydney’s CBD has used EC08 plasterboard from Gyprock .

The development is a joint collaboration between Lend Lease and the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA).  

Commonwealth Bank Place (CBP) is a low-rise campus-style commercial development designed to accommodate up to 6,000 employees CBP was designed by a collaboration of architects including FJMT who designed the base building as well as EGO Group and Davenport Campbell & Partners who designed the interiors.

The CBP building incorporates several elements of green building design including various passive and active design features that save 2,500 tonnes of carbon emissions per year and reduce main water consumption by 92%.

The CBP campus has received a 6 Star Green Star Office Design version 2 rating after achieving 84 credit points, which translates to world class innovation in sustainability.

Officially opened at the end of September 2011, the CBP building has used approximately 12,000m² of Gyprock EC08 plasterboard in impact grade and partition grade to meet the strict conditions in the 58,000m² fit-out.  

While specifying a Green Star compliant product, Lend Lease also wanted to keep the choices open for contractors in case they wanted to propose or use an alternative product.

Lend Lease sought an environmentally friendly plasterboard product that complied with Green Star Office Interiors version 1.1 credit MAT 3 Walls and Partitions. It was also important to select a product that would be easy to work with onsite.

After trialling various GECA certified products and finding them to be either too heavy or soaking up layers of paint, the contractors tested Gyprock EC08 plasterboards before using them in the CBP fitout. 

Gyprock National Product Manager, Kylie Peterson said the company was pleased that the Gyprock EC08 plasterboards ticked all the boxes for Lend Lease’s sustainable and practical requirements.

In addition to Gyprock EC08 installed on the interior walls, GECA certified workstations, chairs, tables, storage and Grade E1 composite timber were some of the other design initiatives installed to target a minimum 5 Green Star Office Interiors version 1.1 rating for the CBP fitout.

Gyprock EC08 plasterboard with reCore technology was launched in 2008 and became one of the first Australian-made plaster boards to have been certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA).  

Produced using a high level of recycled content, the plasterboard can be recycled and is available in partition, fire rated and impact rated grades in 13mm thickness.    

All three boards in the EC08 range are accredited to the latest GECA 04 – 2011 Panel Boards Standard, which is compliant with the requirements of the GBCA’s Assessment Framework for product certification schemes.