Environmental sustainability and resilience are at the heart of the design and construction of Tākina.
Tākina is being built with the highest standard of sustainability in mind.
With a focus on reducing energy and water, sustainable materials use, and renewable energy capability, Tākina is a landmark for Wellington’s sustainable future. The build will achieve a 5 Star Green Star certification representing New Zealand excellence for environmental sustainability. This will result in a 60 percent reduction in energy use and a 66 percent reduction in operational carbon emissions, when benchmarked against a comparable new build.
Features will include:
- Enhanced thermal insulation and high-performance double glazing using SEFAR technology, for improved thermal comfort and energy efficiency. Tākina is the first building in New Zealand to incorporate this technology
- Rainwater harvesting system (30,000 litres) for toilet flushing and evaporative cooling to reduce water consumption by 30 percent
- High efficiency LED lighting system and automatic controls for energy savings
- Adaptable and demand-controlled air conditioning system reducing energy use
- Predominantly heat pump heating to reduce reliance on fossil fuels
- The building is designed to operate efficiently at all levels of use, from large conference events to smaller events
- Decentralised domestic hot water system to reduce energy when the building is not in use
- Leading edge post occupancy energy optimisation systems to monitor and fine tune energy usage
- Future proofed to accommodate on-site renewable energy generation via roof mounted photovoltaic array
- Structural diagrid for building resiliency and reduced steel requirements
- Environmentally preferable materials specification to provide improved indoor air quality and reduced environmental impact
- Timber materials sourced from sustainable forestry
- Display screens located on the ground floor will communicate the green credentials of the building, with visitors able to see real-time building sustainability metrics such as water and energy consumption, as well as carbon emissions
- Central city location close to hotels maximises active transportation opportunities, such as walking, cycling, e-scooters
- Regeneration of a former carpark site into a high quality civic amenity
Tākina has been designed to high standards of seismic resilience which enables a return to business as usual as quickly as possible after an emergency event. It is fully base isolated, which is the 'gold standard' in low damage design. The internal diagrid structure limits inter-story movement, a major cause of fit-out damage. The ground floor sits 3.5m above sea level to ensure the risk of surface water flooding entering the building has been mitigated.
This design will result in up to 10 times a reduction of significant structural damage, compared to a standard steel and concrete framed building.
Virtual and hybrid events
To allow for the resilience of events that could be disrupted due to future travel restrictions, Tākina has incorporated the latest technology to be able to facilitate virtual and hybrid events. Key resilience features include:
- Multiple electrical power sources to limit outages
- Improved bandwidth of internet with two independent sources
- All meeting rooms fitted with the capability to host multiple camera positioning options
- Trained in-house staff to provide technical assistance with virtual conferencing
Find out more about Tākina's state-of-the-art technology and AV services here.