27 Feb 24

3 Te Kehu Way receives New Zealand-first 6 Green Star certification

3 Te Kehu Way in Auckland’s Sylvia Park has been awarded a 6 Green Star Design and As-Built NZ v1.0 certified rating – the first building to receive this level rating for sustainability in New Zealand.

Designed by Woods Bagot with Peddlethorp, this six-storey commercial building officially opened in March 2023.  The New Zealand Green Building Council/ Te Kaunihera Hanganga Tautaiao formally announced the outcome of its Green Star assessment in February 2024, congratulating the team on its world leadership in sustainable building design.

Green Star – Design & As Built assesses the sustainability outcomes from the design and construction of new buildings or major refurbishments across nine categories. A 6 Green Star rating represents world leadership in sustainability outcomes from the design and construction of new buildings, making 3TKW among the best around the globe for green building design.

“Certifications like these encourage the wider industry to celebrate resilience, intelligence and excellence in building design,” says 3TKW project leader Matthew Pieterse.

“It’s thanks to the vision and efforts of our client, engineer consultants, contractors and wider project team that we can achieve this benchmark in measurably mitigating our building’s environmental impact.”

Sustainable features include a rooftop solar array, electric vehicle charting and rainwater harvesting. Over 92 percent of construction waste was also diverted from landfill during the construction process.

“This certification from the New Zealand Green Building Council affirms our efforts to deliver high-quality, eco-conscious spaces that meet the increasing demand of commercial tenants now and in the future,” a spokesperson for developer Kiwi Property adds.  

Woods Bagot and Peddlethorp designed an intriguing ‘waffle’ façade from precast concrete, incorporating a pronounced grid geometry made from square and cruciform punched shapes.

Artwork featured in the interior of the project.

To mimic its rich subtropical verdancy, the project team used four shades of custom-made glazed green brick, which have been incorporated around the base of the building and in the façade of the southern low-rise pavilion.

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