29 May 2014

An ongoing, and outstanding dedication to sustainable energy has seen Opus Architecture, and its parent company Opus International Consultants, applauded at last night’s Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA) Awards in Auckland.

Tait Communications’ new Christchurch campus, an Opus Architecture design, picked up the new Christchurch Energy Champion Award, won jointly with Community Energy Action.

Noted for its smart design and technology, the 7,000m2 building’s use of natural lighting, and recycled ground water for heating and cooling purposes, will make it up to 50 percent more energy efficient than Tait’s previous campus.

Feedback from the judges highlighted the advanced and ambitious nature of the project, which, they said, was particularly worthy of admiration within the context of the re-emerging city of Christchurch.

Opus National Manager of Architecture, Mark Burke-Damaschke, says, “We advocate the use of innovative technology and sustainable materials across all our designs, and that philosophy is at the heart of our business. Having one of our building designs recognised for this is a real honour. Congratulations must go to Tait Communications for their enlightened approach to sustainability which has allowed the Campus to achieve this honour”

Opus International Consultants was a finalist in the same category for its contribution towards building a more sustainable Christchurch, via work with such high-performing, low-energy developments as the Avon River Precinct, and ongoing advocacy for energy-efficiency in all commercial projects it is currently involved in.