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The right acoustics for another 6 Star Green Star building – 180 Brisbane

Updated: Nov 18, 2021

180 Brisbane

Some projects require every bit of expertise on hand to deliver a perfect outcome. That was certainly the case for 180 Brisbane, the $300 million, 34-storey office tower at 180 Ann Street, Brisbane, developed and owned by Daisho Group. The building has been nicknamed the Brisbane River Tower, as the building’s facade design features an imprint of the Brisbane river.

Shaping up to be the first 6 Star Green Star building in Queensland in the Office Design category, 180 Brisbane is also set to win 6 Stars in the ‘As Built’ category.

From the outset, developers were committed to achieving 6 Star Green Star ratings from the Green Building Council of Australia, as well as an A-Grade Property Council of Australia Rating.

6 Green Stars is the Green Building Council’s highest possible sustainability rating, with four stars categorising a building ‘Best Practice,’ five stars ‘Australian Excellent’ and six stars signifying ‘World Leadership’.

Qualifying for this stringent award requires careful planning, a lot of work, and some creative thinking.

“Targeting a 6 Star Green Star rating meant our team had some unique challenges to work through when we were developing the building’s acoustic design,” says Paul Johnson, Queensland State Manager at Renzo Tonin & Associates.

“But our engineers were geared for the challenge, drawing on Renzo Tonin & Associates’ extensive experience in acoustical design, including for commercial office buildings, office fitouts and refurbishments.”

The acoustical design of 180 Brisbane, provided by Renzo Tonin & Associates, left no stone unturned in ensuring the building’s acoustics were of the highest possible standard.

Paul’s team of engineers developed and applied acoustic treatments to complement the building’s innovative and sustainable design features. These included features to limit noise and reverberation in workspaces, and especially quiet spaces like meeting rooms and boardrooms. And, of course, the acoustic design had to complement the building’s overall sustainability goals - meeting noise standards while employing the most sustainable acoustic materials.

Along with sustainability measures, including lower water and energy consumption costs for tenants, a positive work environment was a key feature of the building’s development criteria. This, of course, includes noise.

“Rigorous noise testing was required at the project’s completion so that we didn’t fall short of the full 6 stars,” says Paul.

“We have just successfully finished the project, and the completed building is exceptional – both in terms of acoustics, and its overall design and utility.”

“We are now moving on to the acoustic design of the fitout for Tatts Group who will occupy 10 floors of the building.”

Tatts Group has recently signed a long-term lease, in the biggest CBD leasing deal in almost a decade. Tatts will join anchor tenant The Commonwealth Bank of Australia, which is relocating its Brisbane headquarters to the tower.

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