Floth – Fortitude Valley

Floth is one of Australia’s leading building services and sustainable engineering consultancy practices. For more than 30 years we have worked on major projects in Australia and Asia earning a reputation for commercially viable and sustainable designs. Floth is also committed to rigorous environmental management of operations that are continuously improved in order to maintain our ISO 14001 certified Environmental Management System that has been in place since 2010.

“Achieving Climate Active certification was a natural progression of Floth’s sustainability policies.”

Type of certification

Building. The Floth headquarters building located in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley was the first carbon neutral certified building in Queensland and the second nationally

How long have you been certified carbon neutral?

Since January 2019.

Why are you carbon neutral?

The Floth office building was purposefully designed to maximize sustainability. Floth developed the building and designed all the major services. It received the first 6 Star Green Star Design and As Built v1.1 certified rating in Australia in November 2015. The building was the first to meet the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council's standard definition of a zero carbon building by virtue of highly energy efficient design, 28 per cent on-site renewable energy contribution from roof-mounted photovoltaic system and 100 per cent GreenPower purchase to offset remaining operational emissions. Achieving Climate Active certification was a natural progression of Floth’s sustainability policies and the building’s accomplishments to date.

What are the benefits of your carbon neutral certification?

Having gone through the process for its own building, Floth is a in good position to advise its clients on how to achieve carbon neutral certification across their portfolios.

What offset projects do you support?

Community solar water heater projects in India.

Why did you choose these projects?

The demand for fossil fuel in India is bound to increase. Investing in solar projects can facilitate the direct transition to renewable energy, thus bypassing the carbon intensive pathway which was followed by many developed nations.

What else are you doing to reduce emissions?

The following building systems and initiatives have been included to reduce emissions:

  • double glazing, thermally insulated constructions and integral shading provided by articulation and balcony elements;
  • energy efficient mechanical systems including zoned heat recovery units and ventilation systems;
  • low carbon electrical systems incorporating LED lighting, addressable lighting control system with photo-sensor and occupancy sensor switching, and an extensive roof-mounted photovoltaic array;
  • water conservation and energy efficiency features and a central gas-boosted solar domestic hot water system;
  • 100 per cent GreenPower 10 year supply contract;
  • employee induction to promote energy and water conservation.

What has been the impact of your action?

These initiatives have contributed to the building achieving a 5.5 NABERS Energy rating, without GreenPower.

What advice would you give to a business considering certification?

It’s important to know the 'why'. This is different for different businesses. The business can perform an energy and carbon audit to understand how it’s currently tracking. This can then be followed by a scoping exercise to assess the business and cost implications of going carbon neutral.

Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Building

YEAR

2021-22

PUBLICATION DATE:
2021-08-30

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Building

YEAR

2020-21

PUBLICATION DATE:
2020-09-18

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Public Disclosure Statement

CERTIFICATION TYPE:
Building

YEAR

2019-20

PUBLICATION DATE:
2019-11-11

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