To increase its energy efficiency, ACU has taken these actions:
- Constructed energy-efficient buildings such as The Daniel Mannix Building (Melbourne), the John Paul II Building (Brisbane), the Veritas Building (Canberra) and St Brigid’s Health Sciences Building (Ballarat)
- Retro-fitted LED lighting in many locations on each campus
- Adjusted the temperature settings of air-conditioning and heating systems
- Utilised security and cleaning contractors to switch off lights after hours
- Installed light sensors to new buildings and in renovated spaces
- Installed a digital Facilities Management System to allow real-time monitoring of the energy performance of ACU’s owned buildings
- Procured energy-efficient PCs and multi-function devices.
To find out what you can do to help reduce energy at ACU, please see our What you can do to save energy page and contact us with your energy saving ideas.
Renewable energy at ACU
ACU operates only one solar array at present, at its Ballarat Campus. The Ballarat solar array is located on the roof of the St Brigid’s School of Health Sciences. It consists of a 30-kilowatt array of solar panels that produce around 36,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.
ACU is currently investigating options to install large solar arrays at all of its campuses.