ACU’s buildings are vital to the University’s core business of research and learning, and they are also the source of the majority of ACU’s environmental impacts, from energy and water consumption to greenhouse emissions, to the consumption of materials and generation of waste in their construction and maintenance.

For this reason, ACU is committed to the construction and renovation of its buildings to high levels of sustainability.

Sustainable design features are now a normal part of new and renovated buildings at ACU. These features include:

  • High-efficiency lighting and air-conditioning
  • Water-conserving taps, toilets and showers
  • Light sensors
  • Furniture and flooring made from recyclable materials
  • Paint, finishes, furniture and flooring that emit very low or no volatile organic compounds
  • Wood sourced from sustainably-managed plantations

ACU also has several buildings certified under the Green Star rating system of the Green Building Council of Australia. These include the St Brigids School of Health Sciences (5-Star Green Star), the Veritas Building (5-Star Green Star), The Daniel Mannix Building (6-Star Green Star). The Saint Teresa of Kolkata Building is designed to achieve a 5-Star Green Star rating.

ACU Brisbane’s John Paul II Building and Mercy Building, as well as ACU Melbourne’s Raheen Library and ACU North Sydney’s Victor Couch Library, also incorporate sustainable-design principles in their design

Page last updated on 04/07/2023

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