Cundall has been nominated for two Building Services Journal sustainable building services awards.
The first is for its work on the government building at 55 St Andrews Place, behind Parliament House. Rather than gut the 6000 square metre building and rebuild, the designers upgraded, retaining existing ceilings and walls – an unconventional approach given the age of the building.
The second nomination is for the consultancy’s work on the Sustainable Living Centre at St Leonard’s College’s Cornish Campus in Bangholme, about 35 kilometres south-east of Melbourne. This project has been nominated for the Sustainable Building of the Year award (with a total project value of less than 25 million).
“There seems to be a myth in Australia that only new buildings can be green buildings, and this is nonsense,” Cundall director David Clark said. “If Australia is to reduce greenhouse emissions from commercial buildings, then we need to recognise that most emissions are from existing buildings, as these make up most of the current building stock.”