Find out how 60L was conceived

ACF building

60L is the premier green commercial building in Australia, unique in its approach to energy and water consumption, and the use of recycled and re-used materials. 60L shows how we can achieve a commercially viable, healthy, low energy, resource efficient workplace – all with minimal impact on the environment.

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In the mid 1990s ACF decided that it would use its own headquarters to create an example of best practice sustainable commercial building. In partnership with an ethical investment consortium, the Green Building Partnership (GBP), ACF conceived of the Green Building and set the project in train. The GBP purchased the site in Carlton and went on to transform the existing brick warehouse.

The result was one of Australia’s most sustainable office buildings opened for business in October 2002.

The Green Building Partnership owned and operated the 60L Green Building – with ACF as its largest tenant occupying a whole floor – until mid 2009 when it generously gifted the building to ACF.

ACF's headquarters in the 60L Green Building embodies the organisation's holistic approach to sustainability. The 60L Green Building provides the fundamentals of smart design, open-plan layout, natural ventilation, lighting and energy efficiency, and ACF has followed through with green furniture, fittings and materials for our office.

It's not an exaggeration to say that our new green home has changed our lives and our behaviour. We leave the car at home and relax on the train or peddle on the bike, we revel in the natural light and celebrate the rain that becomes our drinking water.


60L has won a number of awards for excellence, including:

  • The Victorian Premier’s Business Sustainability Award 2003
  • Banksia Awards 2003 – winner of Leadership in Sustainable Buildings category
  • Australian Property Institute 2003 Excellence in Property Awards - Winner Colonial First State Environmental Development Award
  • Planning Institute Australia - Victorian Division - 2003 Awards for Planning Excellence – Winner Ecologically Sustainable Development (Built) Award
  • Concrete Industry of Australia 2003 Awards for Excellence in Concrete - 60L was shortlisted in the Building Projects Section

60L Developers and Contributors

The developer of 60L was the Green Building Partnership which was a collaboration of two ethical investment companies – Surrowee Pty Ltd and Green Projects Pty Ltd.  Both partners shared the same environmental and investment philosophies, and identified the need for a green or sustainable commercial development in Melbourne.

The partners wanted to extend the ideas that have been implemented in residential developments and take a holistic environmental approach to commercial development – a highly competitive area where environmental considerations have not traditionally been given a high priority.

The 60L project was also the result of the contributions of a great many people and organisations. Our particular thanks go to:

The Green Building Partnership – Developer
Advanced Environmental Concepts – Environmental Engineer
Donald Cant Watts Corke – Cost Planner
Hansen Yuncken – Builder
Herbert Geer & Rundle – Lawyers
Institute of Sustainable Futures at UTS – Water & Wastewater Policy
John Mullen & Partners – Structural and Civil Engineer
Lincolne Scott – Services Engineer
Spowers Architects – Design Consortium Leader
Steve Paul & Partners – Hydraulic Engineer
Sustainable Solutions – Environmental Advisor
Taylor Cullity Lethlean – Landscape Architect
University of Melbourne – Dept. Building and Construction
Moss Growcott – Acoustic Consultants