Heritage Lanes achieves sustainability milestone as Australia’s first 6 star Green Building
The Mirvac project is leading the pack as one of Australia’s smartest and most sustainable buildings. Left to right: James Mackinnon, M and G Real Estate; Amy Menere, Mirvac; Councillor Adam Alan, Brisbane City Council; Davina Rooney, GBCA; Simon Healy, Mirvac; Cris Johansen, Mirvac; Henry Parker, M and G Real Estate and Adrian Zanetti, Suncorp. Image: Mirvac, Supplied.
  • Heritage Lanes crowned Australia's first 6 Star Green Star Building certification.
  • The building emphasises net-zero, healthy spaces, and historical preservation.

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has announced that Mirvac’s Heritage Lanes project at 80 Ann Street in Brisbane is Australia’s first six-star Green Star Buildings certified building.

Australia’s first six-star building

CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) Davina Rooney remarked that the GBCA’s new Green Star Buildings rating assessment has raised the bar for sustainable development, with Heritage Lanes being the first to step up to the challenge.

“Before we had launched Green Star Buildings, Mirvac had committed to reach the highest certification of our Green Star standard, based on the previous rating tool,” Rooney said.

“Embracing the new challenge, Mirvac worked with the project team to push the boundaries even further to ensure they could be the first to achieve the highest certification under the new Green Star Buildings tool.”

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Australia’s first six-star Green Star Building certified project. Image: Scott Burrows, Supplied.

“Their unwavering commitment to sustainability has ensured that Heritage Lanes is now one of Australia’s smartest and most sustainable office buildings.”

What is a Green Star certification?

Green Star Buildings is a sustainability evaluation tool for new buildings and major refurbishments. The certification comprises three tiers of recognition— four stars for best practice, five for Australian Excellence, and six for world leadership.

Green Star Buildings ratings

Green Star Buildings ratings
Source: GBCA.

Projects under development can also apply for a Green Star Designed evaluation. This precertification demonstrates that a building is on course to attain a Green Star rating when appraised after completion.

An unwavering commitment to sustainability

“Heritage Lanes is the expression of a fantastic partnership with M&G Real Estate and major tenant, Suncorp, that from the outset, set out to be a world-class workplace and one of the most sustainable new buildings in Australia,” commented Mirvac group general manager, commercial and mixed-use development, Simon Healy.

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A ‘uniquely Queensland’ workplace with a high level of sustainability. Image: Supplied.

“We were committed to achieving quality outcomes for both the project and the city. Heritage Lanes is Mirvac’s first large-scale net zero carbon in operation office development, powered by 100% renewable electricity. It has created an inclusive and vibrant community, which includes the cross-block public laneway known as ‘Market Lane’, an urban garden, arbour, and reflection pool, and has an impressive showcase of artworks by First Nations artists,” he adds.

People first design

Healthy spaces were heavily emphasised in the building’s facilities, which include improved air quality, natural light exposure, and a variety of other wellness elements.

For instance, the lobby level was designed to ensure good airflow, with louvred and shugg windows that can be open and closed to enjoy the weather in Queensland. It also contains a myriad of mixed-mode tenant floors, giving users the flexibility to adapt the workplace to their needs.

The building’s ground level also features an urban garden containing native edible plants for workers to enjoy.

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The people-centric future of sustainable buildings. Image: Trevor Mein, Supplied.

Showcasing Quandamooka artist Megan Cope’s works, Heritage Lanes commemorates its history and connection to Country with pride.

Finally, it has conserved the site’s original architecture from the old days when it hosted the Brisbane Fruit and Produce Exchange, contributing to the area’s cultural heritage.

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