Uni building on track for Green Star rating
IT ISN'T easy being green but it sure is worth it.
A new flagship building at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Springfield campus has officially passed the first stage in achieving five-star accreditation in sustainability from the Green Building Council of Australia.
The state-of-the-art 9000sq m building is due to open its doors in time for semester one next year.
The $45 million building, supported by $41.9 million from the Federal Government, is a key component of USQ's strategy for expansion and enrichment of student participation in the western corridor, one of the nation's fastest-growing areas.
USQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Jan Thomas said achieving a Green Star rating was a complex task, which involved assessing all the components of the building, from design through construction to fit-out and operation.
"The building has now passed a key milestone towards achieving five-star certification, which will recognise its environmentally sound materials selection and passive low-energy design," Prof Thomas said.
"The aim of the design is to improve operating efficiency, reduce energy consumption, thereby reducing the carbon footprint of the building and the overall environmental impact.
"USQ is committed to managing the university's social, environmental and economic footprint responsibly.
"Sustainable development is central to the construction and management of the new flagship building at Springfield."
GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew congratulated the university for achieving a Green Star rating and showing leadership in sustainability.