Umow Lai’s experience creating and adapting technologies to the highest - and often highly innovative - levels of sustainability will be play a significant role in helping Legion House become a carbon neutral building.
Plans for the heritage-listed building at 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney, include a design to enable it to be disconnected from the mains electricity grid.
It is also aiming to achieve a 6 star Greenstar Office V3 and As-built and NABERS 5 star Energy and Water rating - and become one of the most sustainable buildings in the world.
“There are plenty of interesting challenges involved in providing services to refurbish this building to be the standards set by developer Grocon,” comments Shane Esmore, a Umow Lai Director and head of the firm’s sustainability team.
“Being designed to be off the grid means that the power is produced on site using the gas supplied from the gasification of woodchips and compressed recycled paper pellets (a sustainable fuel source) which has its own set of challenges,” Shane said.
Umow Lai is providing a full range of services including sustainability, fire and vertical transportation as well as vacuum toilets to reduce water consumption (and ultimately provide a water balance in the building). They are also seeking the most efficient ways of providing general fitting services into an existing building and not compromise the nett lettable area.