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FACILITY PERSPECTIVES | VOLUME 11 NUMBER 2
| GREEN BUILDING
areas, with full heat recovery using energy-
recovery ventilators and double the building
code requirement for fresh-air supply to
the warehouse and manufacturing areas
is in operation; and the use of sustainably
sourced and fabricated building materials
was a priority, with a target of recycling
more than 90 per cent of all waste
generated during construction.
Tone Wheeler, Principal Architect
at Environa Studio, is a leader in
environmentally sustainable design.
He consulted on the design of the
14,000-square-metre Somerton facility with
Kingspan Insulation’s senior management
to meet the global group’s demanding
objectives for exceptional energy efficiency,
build quality and functionality.
Wheeler says that it was inspiring to
work with a client that was keen to push
past the traditional boundaries of industrial
‘We were encouraged to use innovative
design and new technologies to create
manufacturing, warehouse and offices spaces
that endeavour to absolutely minimise
their environmental impact and offer far
more comfortable work environments for
employees and visitors,’ he says.
Kingspan’s Somerton facility OHSE
manager Graeme Cliff is a member of
the team that led the facility’s design and
construction from its conception. He now
manages the facility’s environment, including
its health and safety protocols, services and
‘From the start, we wanted to push
the envelope in terms of reducing the
plant’s impact on the environment and
optimising the facility’s manufacturing
capability,’ says Cliff.
‘The design had to deliver an exceptional
new facility with the potential for world-
beating long-term performance.’
The resulting facility has lower ongoing
operating and maintenance costs – at
least 10 per cent better when compared
to a stock-standard facility of the same
size and use.
‘We have created a very comfortable
working environment that evens out
Melbourne’s extremes. When the
temperature is in the high 30s outside, it’s in
the mid 20s in the manufacturing area; and
when it is very cool in winter, it will be far
warmer inside,’ says Cliff.
‘We expect to see benefits in our
productivity, and employee retention and
satisfaction. The bottom line is that it is a
nice place to work, and we expect that to
‘Our employees have a comfortable, safe
workplace, and we have minimised the
impact of our facility and operations on the
Kingspan Insulation Australia, a division
of the Kingspan Group, is Australia’s
leading supplier of high-performance
insulation. For more information, go to
These are some of the design elements and materials that impact Kingspan Insulation’s
Somerton facility thermal performance and Green Star rating:
Building design philosophy and materials:
3 A design strategy that optimises a building’s energy performance towards achieving
net-zero energy targets. This approach focuses on enclosure performance,
particularly durability, airtightness and optimal moisture and thermal control.
3 Insulated panels (rigid insulated panels, metal skin over high-performance foam) for
the roof of the office, and manufacturing and perimeter walls.
3 Flexible insulation under metal deck for the warehouse roof.
3 Rigid foam insulation (with fibre-cement fascia) for the carpark soffit.
3 Rigid foam insulation for the wall between the office and warehouse.
Energy- and water-efficient services:
3 New office ductwork.
3 LED smart lighting with light level and motion sensors complemented by high levels
of natural light to illuminate the office, warehouse and manufacturing.
3 Clean-air circulation – office air conditioning uses 100 per cent fresh air with full
heat recovery, and warehouse and manufacturing provide double the fresh air
requirements mandated by the Building Code.
3 Rainwater harvesting of 75,000 litres – no mains water is used, except in kitchens.
3 Storm water and run-off are retained and filtered to prevent any impact on the
nearby nature reserve and creek.
3 Energy generation – 750 kilowatts of solar PV is currently being installed on the
roof, and will provide most of the energy required by the site’s daytime shift.
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