What is Sydney University doing?
As the University builds, owns, operates and occupies its own facilities for the long term it is well placed to reap the ongoing benefits of good environmental design – by taking a systems approach to incorporate the principles of sustainability into the design, construction and operation of campus buildings and facilities.
Sustainable Campus has worked with partners from Universities across Australia to customise the Green Building Council of Australia's Green Star Rating Tool pilot for education facilities. “Green Star” rates how well a building design will perform environmentally - for example by using less resources over their lifespan and reducing the environmental impacts that arise from constructing, operating and demolishing buildings. Another useful scheme getting increasing attention is the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) which is a performance-based system for assessing building performance.
Guidelines for Green Design
Design Guidelines have been developed over many years by Campus Infrastructure & Services to inform the development of new buildings and refurbishments on campus. The Guidelines contain environmental criteria to support the inclusion of passive solar; water sensitive; low waste and low toxicity features into campus buildings.