Finalists announced in Victoria Premier’s Sustainability Awards
A council, a university and a Nightingale Model apartment project have been named as the finalists in the built environment category of the Premier’s Sustainability Awards in Victoria.
The finalists are as follows:
Gannawarra Shire Council
Gannawarra Shire Council aims to become Victoria’s solar energy capital after rolling out a leading sustainability program driven by local initiatives and internal practices.
The council’s recent projects include the Large Scale Solar initiative, assisting community through improved lighting and waste collection services, developing joint ventures to reduce costs and environmental impacts of diesel engines, enhancing solar electricity generation by recycling infrastructure, investigating micro grid systems to power local towns and participating in the Central Victoria Greenhouse Alliance electric vehicle recharging program.
Monash University – Gillies Hall
Named in honour of political satirist, actor, director and Monash University alumnus Dr Max Gillies AM, Gillies hall is a six level, 150-bed accommodation complex on the university’s Peninsula campus in Frankston.
The project is the first large scale building in the country to achieve Passive House certification and seeks to serve first-class accommodation to students while marking another step towards Monash’s net zero emissions goal. The building is said to have energy and carbon footprint dramatically lower than any similar type of building in Australia.
HIP V. HYPE and Six Degrees Architects – Nightingale 2.0
A triple bottom-line apartment development model, the Nightingale Model has been applied to Nightingale 2.0 in Fairfield, Melbourne. Featuring 20 sustainable design-led apartments and three ground floor retail tenancies across five levels, the project has achieved an average NathERS thermal performance rating of 8.7 stars and will be fossil fuel free in operation.
Shared laundry facilities, open walkways, a rooftop garden, BBQ facilities, outdoor dining areas and a sound insulated multipurpose room provide spaces are designed to allow the building’s community to thrive.
Other finalists include NEXTDC for its organisational sustainability projects and facilities upgrade, Smart Recycling for pioneering innovative recycling methods and the Community Power Hub for championing community-based renewable energy projects.
“Delivering these awards means we continue to discover and celebrate the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for thinking creatively about new models of sustainability,” says Carl Muller, interim CEO of Sustainability Victoria.
“The awards, now in their 17th year, acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist is commended for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government, education, health and within the community.”
The winners are set to be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday 10 October at Forum Melbourne.
For more information on the finalists and awards, visit sustainabilityawards.vic.gov.au
Image: Gillies Hall, courtesy Premier’s Sustainability Awards.