A purpose-built building for the RNZAF Maintenance Support Squadron at Ohakea has received this country’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 with the 5 Green Star rating recognising excellence in sustainable design.
NZ Defence Force chief operating officer Will Peet said the project design and construction teams had worked hard to ensure the building met NZGBC criteria and provided “fit for purpose” working space that would serve the air force’s needs well into the next century.
NZGBC chief executive Alex Cutler said the building was an example of the latest in workplace development. “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 s
hows their commitment to energy efficiency through design and construction of a building purpose built to achieve it,” Mr Cutler said.
The building houses workshops, maintenance areas and training facilities to service the new NH90 and A109 helicopters, and to play its part in the wider Defence Force logistics chain.
It is 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 include efficient heating, ventilation, air-conditioning systems and energy-efficient lighting; cold water systems that reduce water consumption; and sustainable use of rain and wastewater. Sound-absorbing natural materials address noise levels.