Uniting Communities’ $100M ‘U City’ development earns SA’s highest ‘green’ design rating

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The Not For Profit’s 20-storey flagship development in Adelaide has been awarded 84.9 points and a 6 Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, with the final design predicted to use 45% less energy and 30% less water than a comparable new building.

Its features include an embedded electricity network, a 55 kilowatt solar PV array on the roof providing renewable energy, gas boosted solar hot water, water-efficient fixtures and fittings, bicycle racks, a community bus and five electric car-charging stations.

Uniting Communities Chief Executive, Simon Schrapel said: “We know we have a long way to go, but we are committed to ‘walking the talk’ when it comes to sustainability and I’m confident that after this stellar start and recognition, we will continue to deliver.”

As we covered here, the new building will house a disability hotel, retirement living units, a function centre and a range of social services and is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.

You can hear Simon Schrapel speak about the innovative development at our LEADERS SUMMIT on 15-16 March.

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