It is not common to sort organic waste in Sydney CBD offices. Yet, we continuously look for ways to make our business more sustainable in everything we do and to inspire this positive transformation in others, so we reviewed the waste management practices for our building with the building management and downstairs café. This collaborative effort has earned us the NSW Partnership of the Year award.
At this year’s CitySwitch Awards held at the Calyx in the Royal Botanic Gardens on Tuesday 28 November 2017 Steensen Varming was named among the top 16 most energy efficient offices in the country, assessed on the basis of our 6 stars NABERS rating.
The sustainable initiatives of our Sydney studio are incorporated throughout the office design and holistically in our daily operation.
Nearly 50 per cent of our fit-out has been reused to minimise wastage. We have used a durable, cork-based flooring which gives special consideration given to joinery and paint materials. Our specialist light fittings use low energy LED lamps and the lighting system reflects patterns of use with sensors installed in the bathrooms. Our air-conditioning system is zoned and for further energy efficiency gains, the communications room is designed to borrow air from the access floor which is pre-cooled by the concrete slab below.