GGAA 2014 - Facilities & Services - Monash University - Finalist

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Peninsula Library – The Zero-Net-Carbon Challenge

The Monash University peninsula library upgrade is a challenge we have undertaken to retrofit an existing university building to be carbon neutral. We will do this by reducing the building energy requirements to match the solar output bringing us to zero net carbon. This project includes replacing all of the florescent lights in the building to LED and installing a 135kW solar array to offset electricity usage in the building.

Top 3 learnings:

  • The loss of heat from changing over all fluorescent lights actually increased the heating requirements during the winter months. However energy savings in Summer more than offset this.
  • LED glare and control needs to be taken into account.
  • Maintenance of solar array is paramount.