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Aurecon and Monash University develop environmental sustainability tool rated most innovative in Australasia

Sustainable communities

07 October 2009 - A sustainability rating tool designed by Aurecon, in partnership with Monash University, has been declared Australasia’s most innovative and “best in class” by the national group of tertiary education facilities managers.

The Model ESD Sustainability Assessment Tool was the recipient of the prestigious TEFMA Innovation Award at the 2009 Tertiary Education Facility Managers Association (TEFMA) conference held in Melbourne last month.

Developed as part of Monash University’s Model ESD Building Review project, the tool benchmarks the university’s buildings in their current condition and assesses opportunities to improve the environmental performance of existing building assets.

The tool produces reports on all aspects of sustainability including water, energy, indoor environmental quality, material and waste minimisation. An innovative feature of the model is that it allows for consultation with users of the buildings.     

The tool is based on ESD strategies listed in the Six Steps to Sustainability and the Monash University Guide for Design and Management of Ecologically Sustainable Buildings, the Eco-Accord Model.

Aurecon Sustainability Leader Jeff Robinson says the project was a collaborative effort that is a credit to Monash University’s commitment to best practice in sustainability.

“We commend Monash University for having the vision and thought leadership to recognise they needed this Model ESD Sustainability Assessment Tool,” he says.

“Aurecon was delighted to be selected for this project and continues to enjoy working on this project with the university.  It is such an important tool.”

To date the tool has assessed a number of significant corporate buildings and all libraries on the Monash University campus. A vast number of project opportunities have also been identified, some of which have been completed.  

The ongoing program now encompasses all campuses of the university.

The TEFMA/AECOM Innovation Award is TEFMA’s premier award which aims to recognise an institution that has developed and fully implemented a practice that has improved the delivery and/or efficiency and effectiveness of facilities, and their management and services.

Award entries are judged on their institutional and sector benefit, innovation and originality, sustainability and demonstrated best practice.

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