The University is committed to reducing the consumption of electricity and natural gas in an effort to lower utility costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The University has reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 21% in the past 3 years.
The Building and Construction Centre (pictured) north windows incorporate solar panels in the windows and it's the largest display of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. To the end of 2010 the panels generated over 35,000 kilowatt hours of energy back into the grid.
Greener Buildings Program
Over the past 3 years the University has embarked on an ambitious program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs with the following installations that have reduced GHG emissions by 21%, energy consumption by 18% and operating costs by $544K per year. We've also made a 2 min video highlighting Greener buildings.
|Program||Cost||ROI||Emissions saved per year|
|Solar Y Program (92kw)||$110,000||6 yrs.||140 tonnes|
|Solar Horsham Campus (70 kw)||$115,000||5 yrs.||150 tonnes|
|LED lighting||$822,000||3 yrs.||1,920 tonnes|
|Variable speed drives||$117,000||3 yrs.||160 tonnes|
|Horsham Chiller & BMS||$238,000||6 yrs.||140 tonnes|
|Smart water meters||$10,000||3 yrs.||NA|
|Gas boiler upgrades||$839,000||15 yrs.||510 tonnes|