The flagship branch at 525 Collins Street in the Melbourne CBD is the first Victorian bank branch to achieve 6 Star rating. The result is a comfortable, efficient, productive and healthy space for customers and employees. Green Star is an internationally-recognised sustainability rating system for the design, construction and operation of buildings, fit-outs and communities.
WGE were the sustainability consultants and Green Star Accredited Professionals for the project, achieving a 6 Star Green Star Interiors v1.1 rating through the Green Building Council of Australia.
Sustainability initiatives include:
- A high quality indoor environment with low VOC paints and indoor plants,
- A waste reduction strategy that includes recycling bins for paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, aluminium, and toner cartridges, and
- An assessment of the environmental impacts of the fitout for the life of the fitout
The GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew, said 6 Star Green Star is the highest possible rating, reflecting ‘World Leadership’ in sustainable interior fit-outs.
“This 6 Star Green Star rating is positive proof that Bank of Melbourne has created a working environment that is not only good for the environment, but for people too.
“Bank of Melbourne’s 525 Collins Street branch is a healthy and productive working environment that demonstrates a long-term commitment to social responsibility.
“By training every person who worked on the project – from the plumbers and plasterers to electricians and engineers – on how to deliver sustainable fit-outs, Bank of Melbourne has also contributed to industry upskilling,” Ms Madew added.
WGE Sustainability Project Engineer Nicholas Johnson said the WGE team provided design input for the waste collection layout, indoor plants, and metering and monitoring strategy in order to achieve the Green Star credits.
“The project represents world-leading sustainable design and we are very proud to help Bank of Melbourne deliver Victoria’s first 6 Star bank branch,” he said.
“As well as efficiency benefits and cost savings, sustainable buildings also offer wellbeing and productivity benefits for the employees and customers that use the space.”
Bank of Melbourne Chief Executive, Michelle Winzer, said the certification further demonstrates Bank of Melbourne’s focus on innovation to provide employees and customers with a great place to work and bank.
“We are delighted that Bank of Melbourne is the first retail bank in Victoria to achieve a 6 Star Green Star rating and that our branches throughout the state have been certified as carbon neutral under the National Carbon Offset Standard,” Ms Winzer said.