Reservoir Station – a first in sustainability
23 Mar 2021
Reservoir Station, completed by the Level Crossing Removal Project in July last year, has become the first train station in Australia to be awarded a 5 Star Green Star As Built rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
GBCA categorises this rating as an ‘Australian Excellence’ achievement.
Green Star is a sustainability rating awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). It’s an internationally recognised rating system that assesses the sustainability outcomes from the design and construction of new buildings or major refurbishments.
Reservoir Station was rated using the GBCA Custom (Melbourne Metro Rail Authority) tool, which was developed to drive sustainable design and construction of railway stations.
It encourages industry to create station buildings that are not just green but healthy, livable, productive, resilient and sustainable.
The rating awards stars based on obtaining points for a range of sustainability credits – such as energy, water, indoor environment and sustainable transport.
Some of the sustainability highlights at Reservoir Station include:
- 41 per cent modelled reduction of electricity demand during peak times compared to a standard train station.
- 92 per cent calculated reduction in operational water use compared to a standard building.
- Use of low Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) & low formaldehyde products to improve the air quality inside the station.
- 33 per cent reduction in Portland cement through inclusion of Fly Ash and Slag (both recycled waste products). Around 6 per cent of carbon dioxide global emissions come from Portland cement production.
- 100 per cent use of responsibly sourced steel that aims to lower carbon dioxide emissions during production.
- Five dedicated sustainability innovations were recognised as part of the project rating, such as the recycled glass fines in concrete trial – conducted at Reservoir, and the station’s remote energy water metering and monitoring system (both Victorian-first innovations).
The station was completed shortly after the removal of the level crossing at High Street in Reservoir in December 2019.
A rail bridge now spans High Street, with a new public plaza and improved shared use paths for pedestrians and cyclists to create new direct connections between Edwardes Street and Broadway.
In another win for the team, the Reservoir project also achieved a ‘Leading’ rating, the highest scoring level awarded by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA). This is an outstanding result for an infrastructure project.