International Towers Sydney
Built on a foundation of sustainablity
International Towers Sydney is beocming Sydney’s most sustainable business address, and along with the completed Barangaroo precinct, Australia’s first large-scale carbon neutral community. In fact, the Barangaroo site is one of only eighteen precincts selected worldwide to participate in the Clinton Climate Initiative’s Climate Positive Development Program.
The numbers are incredibly impressive: 60,000 litre rainwater tanks in each tower to capture and recycle rainwater; 6,000 square metres of solar panels on the Barangaroo site; water treatment plants capable of supplying 1,000,000 litres of recycled water a day to the site and surrounding suburbs; a harbour water cooling system which could save up to 100 million litres of water being taken from the Sydney Water Mains network each year; 100% outdoor air will be utilised in the buildings during operational hours; among the first high-rise office buildings to be rated six star Green Star Office Design & As Built V3 Ratings. Perhaps the most impressive figures of all are these: targeting zero net waste to landfill by 2020; and zero net operational carbon emissions.
Naturally, the story continues beyond these facts and figures. The inspiring architecture of International Towers Sydney is designed not just to tread lightly on the environment, but to deliver healthier, happier workplaces for the people that work in and visit the building each day.
As Ivan Harbour, partner at Rogers Stirk Harbour, and lead architect of ITS said: “Sustainability is about addressing the way that we live, the way that we use the buildings, the tools that we need to lead our lives and the way that we form the places in which we do all this activity. The buildings we’re creating here have a sort of flexibility that hasn’t been seen in any construction I would say in this city so far. That ultimately will ensure longevity for this place, and the longevity will ensure that it is ultimately sustainable for the generations to come.”