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Alcoa takes business to regional Australia
 
Alcoa of Australia has affirmed regional WA as a global ‘centre of excellence’ for the alumina industry, following the opening of its state-of-the-art Peel Regional Office.
 
The office, built to the highest environmental standards, is a demonstration of Alcoa’s ongoing commitment to the region. It furthers our economic contribution through future employment opportunities for local community members, increased local expenditure for goods and services and community capacity building with more people living and working locally.
 
Alcoa’s Managing Director Alan Cransberg said: “The region is already home to our Pinjarra and Wagerup alumina refineries as well as the Willowdale and Huntley bauxite mines, so it makes good business sense to bring Alcoa’s essential support services closer to our sites.”
 
The Peel economy has been boosted thanks to a number of services being supplied to Alcoa locally. These include: office security, cleaning, building maintenance, gardeners, recruitment companies, waste disposal and caters.
 
“Our move proves to industry that support roles can and should be co-located near to their operations so local employment and economic benefits are brought to local communities,” Mr Cransberg said.
 
"Sixty people have relocated to the new office from Alcoa’s head office at Booragoon and that means they are likely to take advantage of local services like drycleaners and doctors which is all positive for the region.”
 
Alcoa has also demonstrated why it’s a business leader in sustainability with the new office being an example of best practice in energy efficiency.
 
The building falls into line with Alcoa’s global commitment to sustainability and was designed to achieve a 4-star 'base building' Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR). The sustainability features of the office include:
• An air-conditioning system with an economy cycle option.  When conditions permit, this offers an improved indoor environment as well as energy savings by naturally or mechanically ventilating, rather than using mechanical cooling systems.
• Thermally rated glazing throughout the building. The high performance glazing provides solar heat gain control in summer and provides improved thermal insulating properties in winter to help maximise the building’s energy efficiency.
• An advanced Building Management System (BMS) and associated submetering have been provided to monitor and control the energy performance of building.
• The use of large roof overhangs to limit solar gains.
• Light coloured, well insulated roof design to limit heat absorption and to minimise the use of  air conditioning.
• Window placement which brings natural light deep into the work areas to reduce the need for artificial lighting.  50 per cent of the building’s occupants sit immediately next to a window.
• The capturing of rain water.  Rain water is captured and channeled through a filtration trap into the adjacent wetlands area.
• The use of aluminium (a recyclable material) in the building’s wall cladding system.
• Over 1000 water wise plants utilized in the landscaping of the building.
 
Alcoa has partnered with the Peel Harvey Catchment Council, Greening Australia, the South West Catchments Council and the Peel Development Commission to rejuvenate the wetlands adjacent to the Peel Regional Office. 


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