GREEN AWARD FOR TIN SHED
Converting a 1000 square-metre tin shed into useable multi-purpose office space has won Archicology architects their third Glossies Award.
The Glossies, an affectionate term for the annual Living Smart Awards, are considered to be the region’s premier accolade for sustainability achievements in building design and construction, edible landscaping, sustainable transport and resource management.
Archicology director and architect Adrian Just says the unusual project to convert the shed into office space for Sunshine Coast Airport and Sunshine Coast Destinations stag as well as an operational command centre and training rooms, had many challenges.
Building regulations have stringent energy-management requirements for offices and Just says the original shed, located at Sunshine Coast Airport, did not meet these.
One of the biggest challenges was how to treat the western wall and maximise natural light while minimising heat exposure from the sun.
Various insulation and building envelope materials were required in 11 different wall types, water is captured and re-used, energy-efficient lighting has been installed and outdoor areas have been created.
Just, who is also president of Cleantech Industries Association, which promotes the development of environmentally friendly technologies to help business and the environment, was happy to win the award.
“I’m really pleased to win the award, particularly on this project, because it was so unusual,” he says.
“It’s nice to work on something that is used by a lot of people and they can have a bit of pride in and we know will function correctly.”
Archicology won the Sustainable Building and Design Award for buildings over $500,000 at the eighth annual Glossies on June 29.
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