AUT’s aims for its buildings to have a positive impact on people and the environment. Sustainable buildings encompass a range of aspects – including energy, water, materials and waste. Two key targets within our sustainable building plan are:
These are some of the ways we're committing to meeting our targets around sustainable buildings:
Our initiatives have involved the inclusion of sustainability features in new buildings.
Some of the sustainability features of WZ building include high performance external facades and sun shading to limit energy consumption; building on a brownfield (a parking building was located at the site); improved natural light distribution; high efficiency LED lighting with sensors and controls; and rainwater harvesting.
WZ was also designed to be a living laboratory for students and staff: theoretical lessons are brought to life by showing how they have been applied to WZ’s building design. Services are exposed and students can access the building management system to learn about measuring and reducing energy usage.
You can help to improve sustainability around your home and other buildings by: