Construction to Start on Australia’s First Carbon-Neutral Building

1 September 2009 (Last Updated September 1st, 2009 18:30)

Construction work is set to start on Australia's first carbon-neutral Pixel building later this year at the former Carlton United Brewery (CUB) site in Melbourne. Construction company Grocon, which appointed Studio 505 to design the building along with sustainability experts Umow Lai an

Construction work is set to start on Australia's first carbon-neutral Pixel building later this year at the former Carlton United Brewery (CUB) site in Melbourne.

Construction company Grocon, which appointed Studio 505 to design the building along with sustainability experts Umow Lai and VDM for structural engineering services, will carry out the building work.

The building will feature a pump chiller which uses ammonia as a refrigerant, rainwater harvesting, native grasses in the form of a green roof, external shading designed to limit glare and raised floor for air distribution.

In addition it will have a supply of 100% fresh outside air at a rate three times the minimum building code requirements.

Grocon CEO Daniel Grollo said that carbon emissions used in the building's ongoing operation will be offset by renewable energy from large photovoltaic panels on the roof and wind turbines.

Grocon Construction is aiming to achieve a six-star Green Star rating with the Pixel building to be built on the corner of Queensberry and Bouverie Streets.