Retrofit : Volume 7 Issue 1 2018
4 • RETROFIT AUSTRALIA • VOLUME 7 NUMBER 1 | 2018 | News Monash University builds campus-wide electricity microgrid Monash University is building an onsite microgrid at its Clayton campus, which will help the university control when and how energy is used. The Monash Microgrid will be connected to the Victorian energy grid, which, in the future, could reduce the demand and strain on the network during peak times. The state government, through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), contributed $100,000 in seed funding for the Monash Microgrid. The Net Zero Initiative is set to directly benefit research at the university, which is building the microgrid to model and assess the performance of energy-network systems. ‘The Monash Microgrid will provide a real-world example, demonstrating how communities can keep their energy system affordable and resilient, in particular during peak periods and extreme weather events,’ says the Director of the Monash Energy Materials and Systems Institute, Dr Jacek Jasieniak. ‘We’re using our campuses and research to develop scalable clean-energy solutions that can be tested here and deployed around the world,’ he adds. For more information, please visit: www.monash.edu/net-zero-initiative. Australia Day 2018 Honours List recognises built environment and sustainability professionals Of the 895 people recognised for their contributions at the 2018 Australia Day Honours List presentations, more than 30 were built environment and sustainability professionals. Among the honours recipients was Professor Trevor McDougall, who received a Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia. He was recognised for his eminent service to science and education, particularly in the area of ocean thermodynamics, as an academic and researcher, to furthering the understanding of climate science, and as a mentor of young scientists. The late John Royston Siddons received an Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for his distinguished service to manufacturing, particularly to the mechanical and engineering sectors; and as an advocate for sustainable solar technologies to the Parliament of Australia, and to the people of Victoria. Cheryl Ann Batagol also received a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to environmental protection and sustainability in Victoria. To see a full list of award recipients, visit www.gg.gov.au/australia- day-2018-honours-list. Smart lighting rollout part of Newcastle City Council’s thriving Smart City Strategy A bright, new tech-based era is spelled out in Newcastle City Council’s Smart City Strategy. It outlines an ambitious council-led collaboration to diversify the regional economy and encourage innovation to meet urban challenges, while attracting investment and slowing the Hunter’s decades-long brain drain. ‘The city is making staggering progress already,’ Interim Council CEO Jeremy Bath says. ‘[It] is well positioned through the strategy and current developments, such as council’s rollout of 350 smart-light poles and the state government’s light rail project, for further economic growth on top of the current development boom. ‘Applying these technologies to run the city more efficiently will help us maintain livability and improve amenity for residents, businesses and visitors as the population grows... Around $25 million has been committed by council and project partners for the life of this strategy, with more funding actively being sought at the local, state and federal levels.’ To find out more, visit newcastle.nsw.gov.au. Westpac Barangaroo office awarded highest- scoring 6 Star Green Star rating in Australia Westpac Group’s fit-out in Tower Two of Barangaroo’s International Towers Sydney this year achieved a 6 Star Green Star Interiors rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). The project received the highest number of Green Star points achieved by any office fit-out in Australia. Notable design features of the fit-out include an extensive metering system that monitors major energy and water usage and the use of materials with lower environmental impact, such as 95 per cent reused, recycled, certified or best practice timber and PVC, among other features. Following an assessment across nine categories, the fit-out was awarded maximum points for reduced water consumption, reduced dependency on private transport, minimising harm, and enhancing the quality of local ecologies and encouraging sustainability practices throughout the fit-out’s design, construction and operation. Green Star is an internationally recognised sustainability rating system for the design, construction and operation of buildings, fit-outs and communities. A 6 Star rating is the highest achievable and represents a world-leading sustainable fit-out. To find out more, visit westpac.com.au.
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