Jan 20, 2012
QV.1 Tower was recently awarded the highest NABERS Indoor Environment Rating in Australia of 5 Stars, with the help of QED, Building Owners Investa and Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation and the Building Management team CB Richard Ellis.
This improves upon the NABERS Indoor Environment Rating in July 2010 of 4.5 Stars (which at that time was the highest Base Building rating in Australia).
At that time QV.1 was co-owned by Investa Property Group and by DEXUS Property Group, with DEXUS managing the 50 per cent interest on behalf of a mandate client. The Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation has purchased the 50% form DEXUS. CB Richard Ellis is the building manager.
Commenting on the previous 4.5 Star NABERS Indoor Environment Rating DEXUS Head of Funds Management, Mark Turner, said the rating highlighted the owners’ long standing commitment to sustainability.
Mr Turner said: “QV.1 has long been considered to be one of Perth’s best premium grade towers and has for a number of years implemented sustainability initiatives. We are pleased to have this commitment recognised with a rating that is currently the highest NABERS Indoor Environment rating in Australia.”
Investa’s Group Executive Funds and Operations, Ian Schilling, said the building’s owners had used NABERS Energy ratings to benchmark the energy performance of the building since 2005 and undertook NABERS Water ratings consistently during the past two years. Indoor air quality has been monitored on the site through QED Environmental Services for more than 10 years.
Mr Schilling said: “Indoor Environment Quality can have a major impact on tenant and staff productivity, so the rating may positively impact tenant attraction and lease renewals, further enhancing the building’s already strong tenancy covenants.”
CBRE’s Pacific Head of Sustainability, Rebecca Pearce, said a building’s Indoor Environment rating took into account the thermal comfort of occupants, relating to air conditioning and heating systems; the effectiveness of ventilation; the presence of pollutants; and acoustic comfort in relation to both minimising external noise entering the building and internal noise.
Ms Pearce said: “Considering the Indoor Environment makes good business sense, given the benefits that have been demonstrated around increased productivity, decreased absenteeism due to illness and improved staff retention.”
Located at 250 St Georges Terrace, QV.1 comprises a landmark 41-level office tower with adjoining retail plaza and a separate five-level parking station accommodating over 1,000 cars. The 63,700 square metre complex also features ground level retail accommodation and roof top sporting facilities on the adjoining car park site.