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New Wesley House good for environment

Adrian Bateup, Lyn Burden, and Brett Eldred on top of the new Wesley House, Brisbane. Photo by Mardi Lumsden
THE NEW Wesley House building in the centre of Brisbane City has been awarded a Five Star Green Star rating for “Australian Excellence” by the Green Building Council of Australia.

The boutique nine-storey building, officially opened in March, was recognised for its leading edge environmental advances implemented by Fulton Trotter Architects, Brisbane and Architectus Sydney, and Matrix Constructions, Brisbane.

The Green Star award was given in recognition of innovation in design and construction, leading to sustainability and energy efficiency.

Innovations include the use of low emission construction material, concrete made from recycled products, floor to ceiling clear glass windows to maximise natural lighting, bicycle parking spaces to encourage tenants to ride to work, low energy lighting, and a large basement rainwater storage area.

Leading hand on the Matrix building team, Adrian Bateup, is impressed with the way copper and glass are used together in the facade.

“You can have Queensland storms hit it and it won’t leak,” he said. “The copper is used as a sensor for picking up a storm. If the winds get too strong, it controls the blinds so that they don’t get blown off the side of the building.”

Matrix services co-ordinator Brett Eldred oversaw the installation of hydraulics, fire, mechanical, and electrical services.

He is especially proud of the building’s innovative cooling system which involves hot air rising and passing over the water-filled “chill beam”.

Rev Lyn Burden, Superintendent Minister with Albert Street Uniting and Wesley Mission Brisbane, continues to be amazed at the level of forward thinking in the project.

“Every time I talk to one of the builders, I learn something new about what has been put in place,” she said.

Moderator Rev Bruce Johnson spoke at the opening about the building’s environmental sustainability reflecting the Queensland Synod’s commitment to environmental sustainability in all aspects of its life.

He affirmed both the strong values behind the architectural concept and the dedication and commitment shown by builders.

Photo : Adrian Bateup, Lyn Burden, and Brett Eldred on top of the new Wesley House, Brisbane. Photo by Mardi Lumsden