Example of strata offices

GARIGAL 23 Narabang Way

Location: 23 Narabang Way,
Developer: David Hawes
Glenside Group Pty Ltd
Sustainable design: Michael Mobbs
Completion Date: April 2007
Status: Sold to strata purchasers
Project size: Site: 5600m2
Project description: 83 unit, three-storey ecologically sustainable strata office building. Sustainable water, sewage and natural ventilation systems
Site costs: Total building cost of $12.5m; the green initiatives cost $1m.
More reading: Garigal – David Hawes’ story

Sustainable Design features:

  • Installed automatic blinds to keep out the eastern and western
    summer sun on the outside edge of the balconies approximately 2
    metres from the glass line, which shade the glass far more
    effectively than internal blinds, and still allow windows and
    doors to be opened, and easy access to the balcony.
  • The strata units have opening windows which allow fresh air to
    be brought right through the building from one side to another.
  • There is a continuous clerestory window along the whole of the
    roof top to extract air.
  • The stairs and central spine of the building work as chimneys.
    They bring cool air through the building and take out hot air.
  • Utilised fire stairs into black topped chimneys to extract hot
    air and create breezes throughout the building.
  • Energy efficient air conditioning: each strata unit is fitted
    with its own individual Variable Speed Drive Reverse Cycle Air Con
    system. Each unit occupant has total control over how and when
    they operate their system, and because the power is individually
    metered, there is also a financial incentive for them to turn off
    their Air Con whenever possible and open the windows.
  • Water and sewage: the water from the sewage treatment system
    is to be used for toilet flushing and the excess for drip
    irrigation to the gardens.  The average unit will save about
    15,350 litres of dam water a year
  • Energy efficient lighting in offices, corridors and the car
  • Solar hot water
  • Michael Mobbs

    Michael is a former Environmental Lawyer who is uniquely placed to consult in four main areas:

    • Sustainability Coach and Speaker,
    • Sustainable Urban Farm Design greening, watering and cooling the cityscape, roads, parks, suburbs,
    • Major Projects Consultant Commercial and Industrial,
    • Residential Sustainability Consultant.
    For permission to re-print any articles or to book Michael for a speaking engagement go to Contacts. Please ensure all quotes from Michael's blog include a reference to sustainablehouse.com....au.