'Eco-friendly' Christchurch library building given five stars

Tūranga has been given a '5 Green Star – Custom Design Certified Rating' from the New Zealand...
Tūranga has been given a '5 Green Star – Custom Design Certified Rating' from the New Zealand Green Building Council. Photo: Newsline / CCC
Christchurch’s central library, Tūranga, has received another accolade.

The five-storey building, which sits on the edge of Cathedral Square, is one of the few public buildings in New Zealand to be awarded a '5 Green Star - Custom Design Certified Rating' from the New Zealand Green Building Council.

The building’s eco-friendly design was recognised for "exceeding best practice benchmarks in a range of areas including energy and water use, indoor environment quality, use of sustainable materials, reduced ecological impact and reduced emissions", Christchurch City Council head of libraries and information Carolyn Robertson said.

"Tūranga was designed with both people and the environment in mind.

"We wanted it to be a place for people, but we also wanted it to have minimal impact on the environment. 

"Our goal was to create a sustainable building with a low carbon footprint that was both architecturally striking and welcoming.

"The NZGBC rating we have just been given, along with the architectural awards we’ve received over the past two years, suggests that we achieved that.

"We are very proud to have such an exemplary building in the heart of the city as the centre-piece of our library network.

Since Tūranga opened in October 2018, it has won the Supreme Award at the Property Council New Zealand’s Rider Levett Bucknall Property Industry Awards, the Warren and Mahoney Civic and Arts Property Award; the Civic category award at the New Zealand Commercial Project Awards; the New Zealand Society of Earthquake Engineering’s Seismic Resilience Award for Design to Achieve Low Damage; the Structural Engineering Society of New Zealand's Supreme Award; and the Institution of Structural Engineers’ Award for Structures in Extreme Conditions.

Last year it was also named as one of four finalists for the 2019 International Federation of Library Associations/Systematic Public Library of Year Award.

 

 

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