Mitre 10 Environmental and Sustainable Award

This award is based on the environmental features of the design and will only be awarded if deserved. It recognises the relationship our man-made buildings have with the environment and responsibility we have as an industry.

H T M L Code
Sustainability Award

Project: Arup



Project Partners

Arup (Engineer), Unispace (Architect/Designer/Construction Company/Project Manager)

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With a goal to be the most sustainable workplace in Aotearoa New Zealand, Unispace's fit out for the Arup offices in Auckland ambitiously targeted the Living Building Challenge, a globally recognised certification from the International Living Futures Institute for sustainable and regenerative buildings. To achieve this certification the build must meet a set of requirements designed to encourage sustainable and regenerative building practices. Inclusivity, well-being, and sustainability are at the heart of this workplace. This was displayed through the project's dedication to environmental integrity, which saw 99% of waste diverted from landfills and a conscience choice to opt for locally sourced and non-toxic materials. The collaboration with cultural advisors fostered a design that resonates with Te Ao Maori, enhancing the connection to place and community. With a comprehensive approach to health, safety, and sustainability, this fit out stands as a beacon of holistic design and construction excellence.

Judges comments

Arup’s new fit out targeted the ambitious Living Building Challenge accreditation. The team achieved this and will be officially certified in 2025, a first in New Zealand. To meet the requirements for certification, the project had to be designed to encourage sustainable and regenerative building practices. This resulted in 99% of construction waste being diverted from landfill, and on-site materials were vetted to ensure that 90% of all materials were free of toxic ingredients. The environmental focus continues beyond the physical build; the fit out includes impressive facilities encouraging employees to cycle and walk to and from work.