In hot climates, air conditioning is not the only way to keep buildings cool. JLL Real Views finds out how building designs are delivering environmental benefits.
The need for jackets and shawls in the office is an all-too-common complaint for employees living in sunny sub-tropical climates.
Fortunately nowadays, environmentally-sustainable architecture is on the case.
Tackling the indoor cold in sunny seasons is just one benefit for office towers that are increasingly incorporating sustainable designs, which in addition to helping mitigate the effects of climate change, can also help cut costs and attract tenants.
On the east coast of Australia in Brisbane, a 32-story tower at 80 Ann Street was designed to minimize the use of air conditioning, one of the biggest consumers of energy in hot environments.
As well as emphasising common spaces that have an outdoors element, some areas can be closed and air-conditioned when needed to shut out rain and heat. But they are otherwise left open.
“You’ll be able to sit at your desk and not be in a fridge,” says Mark Damant, head of workplace architecture globally at Woods Bagot, the lead architect. “An essential part of the brief for 80 Ann Street was to have spaces that breathe. They wanted to have every floor connected to the outside.”
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