At 319 metres, Australia 108 is the tallest residential building in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere.

Located in the Southbank precinct of Melbourne, the residential tower consists of 1,105 apartments over 100 floors. The building houses significant resident amenities including pools, spas, gym, sky lounge, private dining, library, cinema and a golf driving range.

Australia 108 has been designed to meet the objectives of the City of Melbourne’s Planning Policy Clause 22.19 Energy, Water and Waste, and to meet the intent of Clause 11 Environmentally Sustainable Design of the Incorporated Document.

This report demonstrates that the development achieves a Best Practice in Sustainable Design standard, and is consistent with the City of Melbourne’s Eco-City goals, as applicable to city residents. The development will achieve a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a benchmark development.

Key initiatives incorporated in the development at 70 Southbank Boulevard to ensure the above goals are met include:

  • Apartment design to exceed NCC 2013 minimum thermal performance requirements (NatHERS average star rating) by at least a 10% improvement
  • Cogeneration system to provide low carbon electricity generated onsite, with waste heat used for domestic hot water, swimming pools and space heating
  • Selection of materials with low environmental impact
  • Environmental management plan for construction along with a high level of reuse and recycling of construction and demolition waste
  • Efficient air conditioning and lighting systems
  • Efficient fixtures and fittings to minimise water consumption.

The design of supertall buildings is particularly challenging for building services and fire evacuation, with a number of innovative NDY design initiatives included in this landmark project, including:

  • The use of high speed lifts as part of the emergency evacuation strategy for the high rise
  • High Voltage (HV) electrical reticulation system
  • Piping systems for mechanical, hydraulics and fire protection services distributed into efficient vertical  zones to avoid excess water pressures due to the building height on pipework and equipment systems.

Construction of the $500 million residential skyscraper was delivered in stages from 2017 with completion in 2020.