Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) seeks to create buildings that lessen the environmental impacts of the built environment, that save money, and that result in healthier environments in which to live, work and learn. Achieving this relies on the whole life cycle of a building – its design, construction, commissioning, operation and eventual deconstruction – being considered from the earliest project stages. Buildings that embrace this approach are often called ‘Green Buildings’. The design of a green building involves selecting the most appropriate of these ESD initiatives as well as others that may arise, to create a cost effective, high performance, healthy building. Kramer Ausenco is devoted to the development of ecological sustainable buildings and committed to excellence in professional engineering in the South Pacific Region.
Together with Architects – Sharma Designs, and the contractors China Railway First Group and various sub-consultants we assisted in the design of Fiji’s very first Green Building, the Fijian Holding LTD (FHL) Commercial Tower is an 18 Storey high rise “Green Building” situated in the middle of the Suva Business District. This iconic addition to the city of Suva consists of commercial space, offices and recreational functions hall at top storey. The design intent for the FHL Tower project is to make this a green building that demonstrates good practice in sustainable design principles and meets several key environmental objectives which would reduce the overall life impact of the building on the environment. This includes reduction in overall carbon emissions and environmental impact, siting and structure design efficiency, energy efficiency, water efficiency, material efficiency and waste reduction.
The following engineering services highlights covers important green initiatives and environmentally sustainable designs to achieve the goals of a green building. The mechanical services design includes high indoor air quality, air tightness of building envelope, energy efficient controls and monitoring including building wide Building Management System (BMS) to monitor full controls and operations of the entire HVAC, lifts, electrical, lighting, power, hydraulics and fire system.
Moreover, the Hydraulic services has focused on the water efficiency methods to make this building more efficient and sustainable including water consumption monitoring and control. Fire engineering services considers both wet fire and dry fire systems including sustainable selection of materials, effective spatial management of assets, energy efficient modes of operation and water management. This is further achieved using fire hydrant system and water sprinklers combined within a common well engineered risers. Electrical engineering services reduces energy consumption by balancing day lighting and energy efficient sensor lightings in designs. Also, all the electrical power will be monitored via the power energy meter and the BMS controls.