Pixel Building, Melbourne

MELBOURNE, Australia - A stunning example of cutting-edge architecture and forward-thinking design, Grocon’s new Pixel Building breaks ground as the first Carbon Neutral office building of its kind in Australia, and possibly the world.

Taking its name from the many coloured dots that make up a digital image, Pixel was designed to achieve carbon neutrality by using renewable energy sources on site. The building utilises three wind turbines and both fixed and tracking photovoltaic arrays for its energy needs, with surplus energy being fed back into the grid. In addition to using a massive amount of recycled material in its construction, Pixel also features a 100% fresh air cooling system powered by a gasfired ammonia absorption chiller and delivered hydronically through a raised floor with individually controlled diffusers at each work station. The cooling system installer, Inner City Hydronic of Melbourne, was happy to be a part of this revolutionary building. When asked about their contribution, owner James Barham said, “We are extremely proud to be involved in such a ground breaking project which has attracted worldwide recognition.” The four story building used 6000 meters of 20mm REHAU RAUTITAN Pink pipe for the cooling system, with each level taking a five man crew three days to complete. All the pipe work is connected to a co-generation unit which services all the cooling requirements for the entire building.

Applauded around the world for its innovative design, Pixel has achieved a perfect score of 100 points under the Green Star rating system, the highest score ever awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia. “We believe that Pixel truly is the office of the future” says Grocon CEO Daniel Grollo, “and one of the most sustainable buildings in the world.”

ProjectPixel Building, Melbourne
Scope of project6,000m of RAUTITAN pink pipe
Architect/EngineerStudio505/Umow Lai
InstallerInner City Hydronics
REHAU systems usedRadiant cooling (RAUTITAN pink)