Nubian brings sustainable water solutions to 720 Bourke Street

Thursday, 27 June, 2013

Nubian Water Systems, a provider of sustainable water solutions for the urban environment, has been selected as the vendor of choice by 720 Bourke Street’s hydraulic contractor, Richstone Plumbing. Nubian has been contracted to supply the innovative Melbourne high-rise with a CGT5-15A system that is able to treat and recycle 15,000 L of greywater per day into Class A water.

A project of CBus Property, 720 Bourke Street is intended to be a revolutionary office/retail space. The CGT5-15A greywater system will take water from showers and basins and re-use it for flushing toilets, including the urinals, throughout the 16-level building. This recycling process dramatically reduces water consumption as potable water is no longer wasted.

The development features several other sustainable solutions. Reflecting major tenant Medibank Private’s slogan “for better health”, the building will feature a green facade/terraces and urban spaces with organic themes, balancing energy with daylight and thermal comfort. It is only a 2-minute walk from Southern Cross Station, providing a green method of transport. All this adds up to a 6 Star Green Star design and a 5 star NABERS Energy rating.

In April this year, Victorian Minister for Planning Matthew Guy approved amendments to the Melbourne Planning Scheme enforcing new sustainable regulations of buildings in Melbourne requiring them to be more energy- and water-efficient. This scheme is a part of Melbourne’s goal to be completely carbon neutral by 2020.

Nubian CEO Barry Porter noted that this will be “the first Nubian system installed in a Melbourne building since the new regulations were implemented”, and he expects there will be much more work to come. He said Melbourne is “ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability in Australia and I hope other cities follow its example”.

The development is due for completion in Q3 this year.

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