Waste management in commercial buildings is a critical factor in urban sustainability and is an important element in achieving green building certification. For instance, Green Building Council of Australia's (GBCA) Green Star rating tools include credit points for waste management. Good waste management performance in new commercial buildings is supported by appropriate design of waste management facilities. This is best achieved by considering waste management early in the design phase. This case study explores the collaborative design process that resulted in a high performing building for waste and recycling at Brookfield Place Perth, a 5 Star Green Star development. A number of key factors that contributed to successful outcomes are discussed. These include the use of the Green Star Office Mat-1 credit for recycling space which set clear baseline parameters; the positive role of the client who, as owner, developer and operator of the building, was committed to ensuring that it is operationally effective; the role of architects who sought to avoid the waste management errors commonly found in other commercial buildings that could result in inefficient or unsafe operations; and the role of specialist waste consultants engaged early in the project and as needed throughout the development of the design so that adequate storage and vehicle access could be accommodated within the design of the main loading dock level.
Gollagher, M., Campbell, J., & Bremner, A. M. (2017). Collaboration Achieves Effective Waste Management Design at Brookfield Place Perth, Western Australia. In Procedia Engineering (Vol. 180, pp. 1763–1772). Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.proeng.2017.04.339