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Coca-Cola Place CCA Fitout

 

The project at a glance:

  • 5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1
  • Aligned with corporate environmental values
  • Energy demand reduced by 206,000 kWh per year (when compared with a standard fitout), equivalent to taking 28 cars off the road
  • Water use reduced by 48 per cent, saving 7,700L of water per year

Coca-Cola Amatil (CCA) has quenched its thirst for energy and water with a 5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1 rating for its head office fitout. Located within Coca Cola Place, a 20-storey office tower awarded a 6 Star Green Star - As Built v2 rating, the fitout has reduced CCA’s environmental footprint and is demonstrating its commitment to sustainability.  

We asked Sally Loane, CCA’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, why achieving a sustainable outcome for the building was important. “As one of Australia’s largest beverage and food manufacturing companies, we’re continually making significant savings in water, energy and raw materials in our production facilities. It made sense to have a head office that achieved the same outcomes.” 

The fitout features water-efficient fittings, rated to a minimum 4 WELS rating or better, which are expected to reduce water use in the building by 7,700 litres per year. Zoned timer switches will reduce energy use by controlling lighting within the fitout and turning lights off when areas are not in use. This, plus other energy-saving efforts such as replacing regular desktop computers with laptops and installing an internal staircase to reduce lift use, is expected to reduce annual demand by 206,000 kWh compared to an equivalent fitout of its size.

CCA recognises that achieving its business priorities is dependent on its people, and that great companies are built through highly engaged employees.  Providing staff with a Green Star-rated office was one way to reward staff and maintain a competitive advantage in a tight employment market.

An open plan design has also improved staff communication, while the quality and ethos of the fitout, which includes a range of environmentally-sourced materials and furniture, has boosted staff pride in the company.

One of CCA’s most successful employee engagement programs is Sustainability September, where sustainability awareness and practice is driven through workplace events run by Sustainability Committees at each work site, including Coca-Cola Place. Loane says: “This year, more of our people working in Coca-Cola Place have taken part in a vastly increased number of activities here – from recycling, fund-raising healthy morning teas, a healthy bake-off, fitness and nutrition workshops, walking to work days and Christmas gift drives. There’s a renewed sense of collaboration and interest in sustainability outcomes at our new workplace.”

As one of the new CCA staff members reported: “Knowing the company cares about our wellbeing at work certainly helps engender a sense of loyalty.”  

One green feature attracting plenty of attention is the 111 Navy Chair, which the Coca-Cola Company has produced in partnership with furniture maker Emco. Each chair is produced from approximately 111 recycled plastic bottles, and reinforces the link between CCA products and the sustainable new fitout. Globally, total production of the chair is expected to divert five million plastic bottles from landfill each year.  These chairs are used in the internal café and breakout areas throughout the fitout.

While the sustainable aspects of the office were important, Loane emphasises that first and foremost the fitout made business sense.  “We committed to all opportunities which allowed us to maximise our rating without detrimental impact to the business,” she says “Considering our first priority was to achieve a balance of sustainability and economic prudence, achieving a 5 Star Green Star Office Interiors v1.1 rating demonstrates the business sense of building green.”

The Green Star rating has also verified some of CCA’s longer-term sustainability aspirations and the company’s work to minimise the environmental impact of its operations and products. The last point has been particularly important according to Loane. “Our fitout includes a range of our products that we offer to our customers, like beverage coolers, coffee machines and snack dispensers,” she says.  “It has been rewarding to incorporate these into a sustainable Green Star-rated office environment and demonstrate their energy-efficiency to our customers.”

According to Craig Roussac, General Manager of Sustainability, Safety and Environment at building owner, Investa, “Our ongoing pursuit of sustainable building management, ownership and development practices is one of Investa’s core values. It is rewarding to have a tenant such as CCA that shares those values and is willing to walk the talk when it comes to sustainability.”

What Coca-Cola Amatil Head Office Fitout achieved:

 
Materials
The fitout was awarded points for installing workstations, chairs, tables, walls and partitions, joinery, flooring and storage units with a lower environmental impact. Selected chairs, tables and memorabilia were re-used from CCA’s previous premises, reducing demand for new materials and the cost of the fitout.

Furthermore, CCA has committed to product stewardship agreements for new products, meaning that environmental impacts will be monitored throughout their lifecycle.

Indoor Environment Quality
An open plan layout provides the majority of workstations with views of Sydney Harbour.  The work environment means everyone gets access to natural light and views of the outdoors, which research has found can improve productivity and reduce headaches and fatigue.

External terraces on some floors provide outdoor breakout spaces and encourage staff to further soak up the views. According to Peter Steel, CCA’s General Manager Strategy and Planning, “the internal stairs connecting six levels encourages greater communication and less reliance on lifts. In our old office people were tucked away in their own offices or behind a cubicle, but in Coca-Cola Place its open-plan, with numerous ‘touch-down areas’ or breakout areas on the floors for meetings.”

Energy
The fitout is highly energy-efficient and is targetting a NABERS 4.5 star rating. The energy efficiency of the fitout is all the more impressive given it includes CCA equipment such as snack machines, beverage coolers and coffee dispensers, as well as a full commercial kitchen.

Other energy-saving features include timer switches, efficient lighting design, and on-demand air-conditioning to reduce supplementary operation. Overall the fitout will reduce energy use by 206,600 kWh per year, equivalent to taking 28 cars off the road.

Management
An integrated approach between the tenant CCA and the building’s owner, Investa, delivered benefits during construction, and continues to benefit them in occupation. Sally Loane explains that the shared understanding, vision and responsibilities of both parties has improved waste management and reduced energy usage during operation. The approach to commissioning the tenancy and establishment of an Environmental Management Plan (EMS) all earned the project points under Green Star.