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The Aurora Centre receives 'excellent' 5.5 NABERSNZ energy rating

The Aurora Centre is one of New Zealand's most energy-smart buildings

Kiwi Property is proud to announce that our strategic redevelopment of The Aurora Centre office complex in Wellington has garnered the building a 5.5 Star NABERSNZ™[1] Energy Rating – one of the highest in the country.

Our major reconstruction project kicked off in 2016, joining the former Unisys House and Aurora Chambers to form a larger, cohesive office space comprising an expansive 24,276 sqm. The refurbishment was kickstarted to accommodate a new 18-year lease for the Ministry of Social Development, a major Crown occupier.

National Facilities Manager, Jason Happy, said: “Getting a NABERSNZ rating is independent validation of our investment and the huge work to realise that investment.”

“Sustainability is embedded in everything we do at Kiwi Property. This enables us to focus on reducing our resource consumption while building asset and business resilience.”

The high NABERSNZ Energy Rating was assisted by:

  • fit for purpose office layouts developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Social Development
  • high performance, Low-E double glazing
  • an energy efficient DALI lighting system
  • CO2 based demand on-floor ventilation systems
  • expanded, more efficient floor plates with inter-storey circulation stairs
  • high efficiency chiller/cooler tower plant
  • zone based occupant controlled T5 lighting for more precise control, usage monitoring, and self-diagnostics

“Perhaps the best choice overall in our project choices was the inclusion of demand-controlled ventilation. Using this system, air provided and energy expended to control multi-zone comfort levels are proportional to what’s required by the CO2-based demand controls on each level,” said Mr Happy.

“This means we’re delivering a better experience for our tenants while reducing energy consumption and costs.”

John Gallagher, NABERSNZ Assessor for The Aurora Centre base building rating and Director of Anax Ltd, said: “I was impressed by the 5.5 star rating, especially given the scale of the building and its high occupancy rate. It reflects the good design of the air conditioning systems and ongoing good management of these systems.”

“This means we’re delivering a better experience for our tenants while reducing energy consumption and costs.”

John Gallagher, NABERSNZ Assessor for The Aurora Centre base building rating and Director of Anax Ltd, said: “I was impressed by the 5.5 star rating, especially given the scale of the building and its high occupancy rate. It reflects the good design of the air conditioning systems and ongoing good management of these systems.”

 

[1] NABERSTM and NABERSNZTM are owned by the New South Wales Government through the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECATM) is the licensee of NABERSNZ in New Zealand. NABERSNZ is administered by the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).

 

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