To support our sustainability commitment Griffith University applies environmentally sustainable design to all new buildings and refurbishments.
The University has developed detailed Design Guidelines that include a section on Designing for Sustainability.
The Design Guidelines also include standard forms that building designers must complete and adhere to. These are:
- the sustainability matrix to demonstrate a comprehensive approach to sustainable design of the project; and
- a waste minimisation plan to encourage recycling and reuse of materials and to minimise waste going to landfill.
Sustainable building features
- Sun studies are conducted prior to construction and buildings are orientated and well insulated to reduce heat load/heat loss
- Buildings are well shaded to reduce heat load and address internal glare issues
- Energy management systems control air conditioning and lights to ensure energy efficiency
- Motion detector sensors control air conditioning systems and lighting
- Low energy lighting
- Environmentally preferable materials including low or no volatile organic compounds
- Solar or waste heat water heating
- Harvesting, storage and reuse of rainwater
- Use of recycled and recyclable materials
- Water efficient fittings