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New Sydney office earns world leadership ratings for sustainable design

Jennifer Shand Jennifer Shand Australasia Press Office,Sydney
8 August 2018

The Green Building Council of Australia has awarded Arup’s fit-out of its new Sydney headquarters the highest star rating for its innovative and sustainable design.

The five-floor tenancy at Barrack Place, 151 Clarence Street, demonstrates world leadership in sustainable design and received a 6 Star Green Star Interiors v1.1 Design Review Certified rating.

The Arup fit-out scored highly across all sustainability categories, including management, indoor environment quality, energy, transport, water, land use and ecology, emissions and innovation, with a perfect score awarded in the materials category.

The Arup team and our design partners at HASSELL have done a great job integrating sustainable principles into the design of our new Sydney office. The achievement of a 6 Star Green Star rating is a clear indication of Arup’s commitment to sustainability. ”

Andrew Pettifer Andrew Pettifer NSW Region Leader

The building has also achieved Australia’s first ever WELL Core & Shell Precertification at the Gold level by the International WELL Building Institute™ (IWBI™) and will achieve a 5 star NABERS Energy and 4 star NABERS Water rating.

Arup committed to the office space early in the tower’s design process, which allowed for the fit-out to be integrated into the base build construction, reducing waste and use of materials. Once constructed, the office will use 100% green power.

Championing Biophilic Design principles our office space will be full of specially chosen plants to create a healthy environment for Arup’s 800 Sydney employees. At the base of the tenancy void, our knowledge centre, Arup University, will be home to a planted tree to increase the quality of indoor air and give staff and visitors an improved connection to nature. Air quality was also an important consideration to the furniture selection, with pieces chosen that won’t emit unwanted chemicals.


Outdoor air will be supplied through an Arup-designed underfloor displacement ventilation system, providing the highest levels of indoor air quality. Occupants will benefit from the improved air quality and will be able to control the airflow in their immediate environments through in-floor swirl diffusers.

Arup will relocate to levels 2-6 of Barrack Place, Investa’s new 22,000m2 next generation A-grade office tower from mid-October.