2011 Winner: Built Environment

Grocon Pixel Building

Grocon

Grocon’s carbon-neutral Pixel Building in Melbourne demonstrates what offices may be like in a future where there are constraints on the emission of carbon pollution and where water is valued as a precious resource. The building is a prototype where technologies can be tested with a view of up-scaling elements of the building for larger projects in the future.

There is world-first technology in the wind turbines, the carbon reduced Pixelcrete concrete and the anaerobic digestor. There is leading technology in the gas-fired absorption chillers (with ammonia as the refrigerant), the vacuum toilets and the reintroduction of Victorian grasslands on the rooftop.

Pixel has achieved a perfect Greenstar score and is aiming to achieve the highest environmental rating ever for buildings using the LEED and BREEAM environmental rating schemes.
2011 Winner