Auckland is to be home to the latest Green building for 3M.
May 25th, 2009
This new facility for product manufacturer 3M will house offices for all of the international product company’s Auckland ventures, along with product testing labs and an innovation centre to showcase 3M’s products and services.
Due for completion in July this year, the project responds to 3M’s goal to be a Green Star industry leader. Innovative solutions have been implemented by the ESD team of leading engineering firm Medland Metropolis.
Internal environmental control has been achieved through the façade design, which effectively filters daylight and controls heat transfer through low E glazing.
Any heat energy that does enter the building is controlled by an ingenious Mitsubishi heavy VRF air conditioning system which takes heat from warmer parts of the building and redistributes it to cooler areas.
Perimeter lighting automatically adjusts according to available natural light to maintain perfect Lighting/Lux levels, maximising the use of renewable energy supply. PIR sensor lighting ensures that no energy is wasted in unoccupied space such as the toilets.
A rainwater harvesting system uses buried concrete tanks to store water collected from the roof area to service all irrigation and toilet flushing requirements. Also, a natural landscape feature filters storm-water to moderate its peak flow into the drainage and river systems.
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