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Sustainability specifications

Across the construction sector ecologically sustainable design (ESD) initiatives are often 'value managed' out of the design and construction process owing to cost. So, to ensure that ANU continues to lead the way when it comes to sustainable developments, the University has created and implemented a set of mandatory sustainability specifications (pdf 441KB).

The sustainability specifications have been developed in a number of categories that reflect different Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) elements such as:

  • management
  • IEQ - Health and Wellbeing
  • building envelope
  • energy systems
  • water
  • transport
  • materials
  • landscape
  • community
The facade of Jaeger 8, home of the Research School of Earth Sciences, incorporates brickwork from the original building which was constructed in 1928.

In creating these specifications, ANU has drawn on its internal expertise in sustainability, while also incorporating new research and expectations from global sustainability initiatives. Rather than competing with existing standards, the ANU Specifications incorporate and align with prominent sustainability benchmarking systems such as the Green Star rating scheme and the Australian Government's NABERS rating scheme.

The specifications set a base level for ESD performance only. In the delivery of projects, the University will encourage and support projects to go beyond these standards, achieve higher ESD performance and strive for world's best practice where possible.

Contractors and consultants planning to design and build at the ANU have to make sure that they meet the sustainability standards set out in our Campus & Buildings Requirements Manual (CBRM) (pdf, 5.21MB). An example of such standards is that they have to meet BCA zone 8 requirements.

Updated:  22 February 2016/Responsible Officer:  Director, Facilities & Services Division/Page Contact:  Systems & Information Technology