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Defence Force Building Earns NZ's First '5 Green Star' Industrial Built Rating

NZGBC Chief Executive, Alex Cutler presents NZDF Chief Operating Officer Will Peet with New Zealand's first 5 Green Star Industrial Built Rating

NZGBC Chief Executive, Alex Cutler presents NZDF Chief Operating Officer Will Peet with New Zealand's first 5 Green Star Industrial Built Rating

A purpose-built building for the Air Force’s Maintenance Support Squadron at Ohakea has received New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star – Industrial Built rating from the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC).

The award for the building’s construction complements an award presented earlier for the building’s design in 2011.

A 5 Green Star rating signifies ‘New Zealand Excellence’ in sustainable design. 

Chief Operating Officer for the New Zealand Defence Force, Mr Will Peet says that the Defence Force are delighted to receive the 5 Green Star rating.

"This is a building that has been designed to ensure NZDF’s maintenance support is highly productive to maximise its support for military operations. The project design and construction teams have worked hard to ensure that the building meets the NZGBC criteria and provides ‘fit for purpose’ working accommodation that will serve our needs well into the 21st Century," said Mr Peet.

NZGBC Chief Executive, Alex Cutler says, "The new home of the Air Force’s Maintenance Support Squadron at Ohakea exemplifies the very latest in workplace development.

"The New Zealand Defence Force should be congratulated for being the first in New Zealand to achieve a 5 Green Star – Industrial Built rating and really taking a lead in this space.

"Green Star certification is a clear demonstration of the Defence Force’s commitment to providing a great place to work for their personnel – as Green Star rated buildings have proven to be healthier and more productive. It also shows their commitment to energy efficiency through design and construction of a building purpose built to achieve it."

"They have effectively prepared their building for the long term, and the evidence suggests they will reap a return on their investment through the greater productivity and cost savings on energy that this building will deliver over the years to come," says Ms Cutler.

The building houses the workshops, maintenance areas and training facilities required to service the new NH90 and A109 helicopters, and to play its part in the wider NZDF logistics chain. It is made up of a collection of large workshop areas for the maintenance of components and complete aircraft or other vehicles, specialist rooms for particular maintenance requirements and office areas.

Sustainable features of the building include efficient heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems and energy efficient lighting while striving to consume as little energy as possible; cold water systems that reduce water consumption; and sustainable use of rain and wastewater. Noise levels have also been addressed with the use of sound absorbing natural materials.

Green Star is a comprehensive national, voluntary, environmental rating scheme that evaluates the environmental attributes and performance of New Zealand’s buildings using a suite of rating toolkits developed to be applicable to each building type and function.

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For further information, contact Todd O’Hara - Defence Communications Group on 021 626 578.

Background

The RNZAF’s Maintenance Support Squadron (MSS) Workshop at Ohakea is used to maintain components of the new helicopters and aircraft from other RNZAF and wider NZDF fleets.

The building consists of large workshop areas for the maintenance of components and complete aircraft or other vehicles, specialist rooms for particular maintenance requirements (e.g. x-ray inspection, carbon fibre grinding, helicopter engines, life support equipment etc.), and office areas.

Sustainable features of the building

    • The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) for the MSS building caters to a wide range of requirements dependent on the use of each space. Heating water is heated by two natural gas boilers and circulated to heating coils in air-based systems – this system is complemented with gas fired radiant ceiling panels. Chilled water is cooled by two air-cooled chillers and circulated to cooling coils in the air handling units.
    • Effective lighting for each area while striving to consume as little energy as possible. Exterior lighting consists of photocell lighting to all regular access doors to the building, and indicator beacons are required as the building is on an active airfield.
    • There are two cold water systems in the building; potable and non-potable. The non-potable water is collected from a section of the roof when it rains, and stored in two 26,700 litre tanks.  NZGBC points were awarded for this building system as the system will reduce the (treated) potable water consumption of the building occupants.
    • Rainwater from the rest of the roof is diverted to the storm water system. Water runoff from paved areas is first directed to grass swales. Waste water from the building is connected to the Ohakea Base’s own waste water treatment system.

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