USQ show support for green cause
USQ Springfield will expand its campus with a state-of-the-art green building featuring electric car charging stations and facilities for 40 bicycles.
The $45m building, supported by $41.9m from the Australian Government's Education Investment Fund, will be the flagship for the university's plans to expand and increase student participation.
USQ vice-chancellor and president Professor Jan Thomas said the building's five-star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia would recognise its environmentally sound materials selection and passive low-energy design.
She said the building was part of a plan to consolidate USQ Springfield as the primary higher education provider for the Western Corridor, one of the nation's fastest growing areas.
"The aim of the design is to improve operating efficiency, reduce energy consumption and thereby reduce the carbon footprint of the building and the overall environmental impact," Prof Thomas said.
"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."
The centrally located building will include an end-of-trip cycling facility and two electronic car charging stations.
The facility is anticipated to hold 40 bicycles, and feature secure undercover bicycle storage, showers, change rooms and storage lockers for personal effects to encourage sustainable transport use.
It will collect rainwater from the roof and use grey-water for flushing the toilets.
The new complex will feature a sophisticated building management system to oversee and control all the electrical, lighting, metering and mechanical systems.
The lighting system will include sensors to continually monitor natural light levels to balance natural and artificial light while the building will also incorporate mechanical systems to maximise fresh air and minimise energy consumption.
This will include air flow systems to provide greater quantities of fresh air than found in standard office buildings.
"The building's architectural and mechanical design considers the high summer temperatures experienced in Springfield and further, features eco-friendly air-conditioning systems supplied with chilled water from the existing central chilled water plant, again reducing the environmental impact and maximising efficiency," Prof Thomas said.