Resource efficiency

Energy efficiency

Monitoring and reporting
The University uses Envizi, a web-based platform, to capture, process and report on electricity, gas and water consumption, waste generation and carbon emissions across the campus buildings. The data provides greater visibility into consumption patterns, assisting in benchmarking and developing new initiatives.

The University has also commissioned an Advanced Utility Monitoring System (AUMS) to monitor energy and water consumption in real time. This new smart metering system is currently being implemented across the University’s buildings.

Initiatives
In 2013, the University supported a NSW Government initiative to reduce peak electricity demand in order to reduce current and future expenditure. The program aims to reduce electricity demand in our energy intensive buildings during 2pm and 5pm on a number of weekdays. The University worked at turning off or reducing noncritical, high energy consuming air conditioning, mechanical plants, pumps and motors during peak periods. Over the summer period in 2013, the University succeeded in reducing its peak load by up to 40% in a number of buildings with no interruption to business activities.

Under the NSW Energy Savings Certificate Scheme, new building projects and renovations that include upgrades to energy efficient technology are eligible for energy savings certificates. In 2013 the university raised over $120,000 in certificates that will be reinvested into future sustainability projects.

Water conservation

Water is precious resource and essential in maintaining our historic natural landscapes that provide a range of ecological and passive recreation benefits. Our water conservation initiatives include:

  • Implementing smart landscape irrigation control technologies to supply sufficient water to match soil moisture conditions
  • Implementing water sensitive urban drainage design principles to treat stormwater
  • Establishing minimum standards for water efficient appliances and sanitary ware for new buildings and refurbishments
  • Installing rainwater harvesting systems in new buildings for beneficial use in WC flushing, irrigation, and cooling towers.