Schiavello is excited to announce the newly completed 10,000sqm office for the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) has been awarded the Green Building Council of Australia’s maximum 6 Star Green Star – Interiors v1 certified rating. Managed under our Design & Construct model, the project’s milestone is a first in its category for South Australia and the first in Australia to receive the rating within the first round of assessment.


Schiavello would like to congratulate the following partners who have been nominated for a 2016 Interior Design Excellence Award (IDEA). As Australia’s premier awards program for interior designers and architects, Schiavello is proud to have partnered on the following projects:


Category: Sustainability

_Westpac Barangaroo – Geyer


Category: Workplace Over 1000sqm

_Challenger (5 Martin Place) – Woods Bagot

_WT Partnership – PDM International

_Transurban Headquarters – Hassell

_Westpac Barangaroo – Geyer

_Sparke Helmore – Bates Smart

_MFCo Melbourne – Carr

_Cushman and Wakefield – Bates Smart


Category: Workplace Under 1000sqm

_The Chancellery – Allen Jack+Cottier


Schiavello is also proud to sponsor the event’s most prestigious award, the IDEA Gold Medal, which recognises the achievements of an individual who has made a significant and lasting contribution to the Australian design landscape throughout their career. Winners will be announced at the IDEA Gala Party on the 18th November 2016.


View the short list here

Inspired by their involvement with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) on their new, 6 Star Green Star workspace in Adelaide, Schiavello South Australia is launching its own in-house Green Star initiatives.

Over the coming months, staff and contractors will don the Lycra and hit the streets of Adelaide on brand new Schiavello bicycles.

The more sustainable means of inner city transport will aid Schiavello South Australia in substantially reducing its carbon foot print whilst encouraging better health and wellbeing practices.

Read the full article published in the Adelaide Review here

Now in its fifth year, the ACTSmart Business Sustainability Awards showcase outstanding sustainability contributions by ACTSmart organisations.

Schiavello ACT was pleased to take top honours in the Corporate award category for its commitment to sustainability through Schiavello’s e-cycle program, and a range of other activities aimed at continuously improving the environmental performance of Schiavello and its clients.

Overall, since joining the ACTSmart program in 2011, Schiavello has reduced its contribution to landfill by 22%, reduced paper consumption by 56% and cardboard use by 40%. This year alone, the e-cycle program has averted 202 tonnes of material away from landfill. Once the product is re-used, this converts to a savings of 5,640 tonnes of CO2 and 622,000 litres of water.

View the media release for more information.

Australia Post’s new purpose built South Australian corporate headquarters has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Interiors certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

Not only does this award reinforce Australia Post’s commitment to sustainability, but it also recognises the high quality of the design, fit-out, and the expertise of the project teams who brought the organisation’s vision to life. Schiavello congratulates design and architecture practice Swanbury Penglase, and all parties involved in this exemplary project.

The Green Star rating system is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating system that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings and communities. To learn more about Green Star, please visit the GBCA website.

To learn more about the Australia Post South Australian Headquarters project, please visit Schiavello’s online project gallery.

Schiavello ACT recently had the pleasure and honour of working with Soldier On, an important charity organisation that supports the men and women of the Australian Defence Force. Through a number of initiatives, Soldier On works to enhance recovery, inspire communities and empower Australia’s wounded soldiers.

Through Schiavello’s e-cycle program we are proud to help with the establishment of the charity’s new headquarters in Canberra. The program is focused on ‘up-cycling,’ reducing material consumption, and seamlessly integrating recycled product into new environments.


On Monday, August 12th, Schiavello Corporate Sustainability Principal, Mark Thomson, will join Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) Research Director Trent Hawkins and other leading environmental building experts to launch the Zero Carbon Australia Buildings Plan at an upcoming event at Southbank TAFE in South Brisbane.


Schiavello’s commitment to environmental design principles means we design and develop our products with a focus on achieving a reduction in the environmental impact associated with the production and use of our products.

GreenTag® is a third party green building product rating and certification system, created to simplify the process of identifying, comparing and sourcing products for their environmental credentials.


Office Lighting 101 is an educational presentation on improving lighting performance in your office while reducing energy costs.

Participants will learn about task-ambient lighting solutions and their impact  on employee health and productivity, as well as energy use. The presentation compares bulb efficiency, light quality, and the varying lighting requirements for different tasks and users.

Find out more on Office Lighting

On Thursday, 21 February 2013, as part of Melbourne’s Sustainable Living Festival, ESD Source in conjunction with Eco Cities will host a diverse event offering inspiration and knowledge on the latest technology and product innovations in sustainable design.

Corporate Sustainability Principal, Mark Thomson will join an expert panel to discuss Positive Development, a radical theme championed by the evening’s keynote speaker, author, academic and international sustainability expert Janis Birkeland.  Birkeland has written two books discussing Positive Development, which moves ‘sustainability’ past ‘zero carbon’ and ‘zero waste’ to development that delivers positive impacts, and in turn, has the power to change the world.


Schiavello staff were joined by their clients architects, designers and ergonomists alike to hear about the emerging discipline of Green Ergonomics; the integration of sustainable design to enhance human performance, productivity, health and well-being.

Prof. Alan Hedge, the professor of Ergonomics in the department of Design & Environmental Analysis, Cornell University (USA) discussed the importance of Green Ergonomics and how it is starting to revolutionize green buildings. Focusing on LEED projects in USA, possible developments in Green Ergonomics were spoken about and how these same requirements could readily be integrated into any green building rating and certification system.

Future expansion of the role of ergonomics in sustainable design was considered with a lot of interest by the audience into Alan’s view on the next steps for Australia.

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