25 February 2016 | Jamie Harris
The Sirius Building in Canberra, Australia, has won the facilities management team award at this year's CIBSE Awards.
The building, owned and operated by Mirvac Property Trust and occupied by the Commonwealth of Australia Government Department of Health and Ageing, was recognised for delivering "outstanding building performance".
It was the first organisation to attain an Australian six-star NABERS Energy rating without the use of GreenPower, an Australian accredited renewable energy programme.
The on-site FM team has achieved year-on-year reduction in gas and electricity usage of more than 20 per cent since the building opened in 2010.
Mirvac also invested in LED technology and an 80-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system.
Total energy consumption at the building fell by 32 per cent from the first full year of operation in 2011 to 2014, equating to savings of more than AUS$100,000 (£51,000).
The awards judges also noted daily building performance monitoring initiatives, such as daily building usage profiles and night audits, which were taken to minimise out-of-hours energy consumption.
The Sirius Building beat three other shortlisted entries: Aston University in Birmingham, Broadgate Estates London Portfolio, and the International Commerce Centre (ICC) in Hong Kong.
The overall winner of the CIBSE Awards was the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool, operated by Waterman Building Services. The theatre also won in its own category, project of the year - leisure.