Viega boosts green credentials of Melbourne’s Olderfleet development
Viega’s world-renowned pressfit plumbing systems have been installed in landmark locations including the Statue of Liberty, Barangaroo International Towers and Rod Laver Arena and its latest project in Australia, is just as iconic.
Melbourne’s Olderfleet, the Venetian Gothic Revival style building on Collins Street, was constructed during the 1880s boom when small warehouses were transformed into a bustling business hub.
While the original façade has been retained and renewed, the 38 storey PCA Premium Grade office building heralds a new era of smart design practices and sustainable facility management. And with Mirvac aiming for 5 Star Green Star rating, a 5 Star NABERS energy rating and a Platinum WELL Certification, Viega’s Propress copper pipe system will help bolster the development’s green building credentials.
Efficient gas and water drinking installations
“The benefits of using pressfit systems over soldering include quicker installation time, less equipment needed to be carried around, and no chance of an accidental fire,” they explain. “If you want a system that’s easy to use and saves times, I highly recommend Viega.”
Building Green? Start with the water
Viega planning consultant Richard Andrew says Propress eliminates the need for flames, solder and flux for a safer work environment with better air quality.
“Being flameless, plumbing, heating and cooling contractors can use Propress fittings and pipe to install systems that reduce indoor air contaminants such as fumes, smoke and soot caused by soldering and brazing,” he explains. “Propress fittings are manufactured from high quality copper, bronze and stainless and contain an estimated 40 per cent recycled content. At the end of their lifecycle, the copper can be recycled again.”
Furthermore, Viega’s Smart Connect feature, which provides a positive leak path to demonstrate unpressed fittings, provides contractors with the certainty that the installation is completed.
“During testing, the leak detection system helps you identify unpressed connections, which reduces water waste and also makes correcting the issue fast and easy,” says Richard.