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Sustainability at Wantirna Campus

As part of our commitment to sustainability, Swinburne are always looking for ways to reduce the energy and water consumed and waste produced by our campus facilities. We’ve already made some great progress in this area at Wantirna. Just some of our achievements to date include:

  • A sustainability building
    • Smart building design to make use of natural sunlight and heat
    • Recycled and low energy building materials used in construction
    • Energy efficient lighting, heating and cooling system including thermal chimneys
    • Solar PV panels
    • Solar hot water heater
    • Rainwater tank
    • Earth banks to increase the buildings thermal mass
  • 2 grid connected wind turbines
  • Demonstration green living wall (vertical garden)
  • 2 grid connected wind turbines
  • Several grid connected Solar PV panels
  • Solar hot water systems
  • Installed water saving urinals, waterless urinals and dual flush toilets in most buildings
  • Decommissioned all mains water irrigation systems.
  • Installed T5 lighting and lighting control systems (sensors & timers)
  • Upgraded the Building Management System
  • Installed window tinting to reduce heat transfer
  • Installed push button timers for Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Have a Green Office program operating on-site for staff
  • Installed bike storage facilities
  • Installed co-mingled waste recycling bins
  • Planted drought tolerant pants
  • Installed low flow showerheads and tap faucets
  • Encourage the use of video conferencing facilities to reduce transport
  • Swinburne staff car fleet limited to 4 cylinder, Hybrid and gas powered 6 cylinder choices
  • Total recycling of fluorescent tubes
  • Reducing unnecessary purchasing and packaging

Do you have a sustainability question? Our student and staff sustainability FAQ section may have your answer.

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