Griffith applies environmentally sustainable design in all new buildings and retrofits and continually reviews and upgrades its energy saving initiatives.
Energy management initiatives have been in place for a number of years. For example, since the early 70s we have used important passive energy management initiatives in building works such as orientation and fenestration.
What you can do to save energy at GriffithTypically, the greatest contribution you can make towards the environment in your workplace operations is to reduce energy use.
- Quick results can easily be achieved by switching off devices and office lights when they aren't needed. This also has a flow-on-effect in reducing air conditioning load.
- Keep doors and windows closed in air conditioned space.
- Buy energy efficient appliances and equipment.
- Turn off laboratory equipment that can sensibly be turned off when not in use, especially anything with a heating function, e.g. heating blocks, microscopes, PCR machines, water baths.
- Keep fume hood sashes at their lowest as much as possible. Fume hoods not only operate more effectively but this reduces the air conditioning load and associated energy usage.
Campus Life's Environmental Peformance website gives you live energy consumption data for all Griffith campuses. It also includes more facts and tips on what you can do to save energy.
Energy Saving Initiatives
Passive Energy Management
- Sun shading
- Insulation to roof and windows
- TS30 solar glass
Smart Lighting Systems
- Automated lighting systems that compensate for natural light and occupancy (DALI lighting systems
- Installation of single lamp fittings with high efficiency tubes and electronic ballasts to reduce lighting power density and save energy in refurbished and new buildings
- AMX controls to all teaching space audio visual and lighting systems
- Sensor lights in corridors and toilets
- Push button for after hours lighting in corridors and stairwells.
Comprehensive Building Management System
- Controls all air conditioning systems
- Controls air conditioning load shedding (turns plant and equipment off when campus electrical load reaches maximum demand limit – generally non essential items such as hot water heaters and some fans
- Global set point adjustment for air conditioning that adjusts room temperatures in response to ambient conditions
- Central time switching functions for air conditioning, lighting, etc.
Smart Air Conditioning Systems
- Economic air cycles that use fresh air instead of conditioned air when outside air temperatures and humidity are suitable
- Large air conditioning units have CO2 monitors which adjust fresh air quantities according to levels of CO2 in the space
- Individual local controls for air conditioning fan coil units in academic staff offices
- Connection to Central Chilled Water Plant to maximise efficiency.
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