In an Australian first for the construction industry, Monash University’s Woodside Building for Technology and Design has been delivered with a Climate Active certified carbon neutral construction service.
Lendlease delivered the service, with the certification covering all diesel, petrol, natural gas and electricity used on-site, as well as the disposal of waste generated between site establishment through to project completion.
To reach carbon neutral, Lendlease implemented energy efficiency initiatives on-site, calculated all emissions produced from fuel and energy use and purchased carbon credits to offset those emissions.
Monash University’s Woodside Building for Technology and Design is targeting the internationally-recognised Passive House standard and will be one of the most energy efficient large-scale commercial buildings in the southern hemisphere.
“Monash is committed to achieving net zero emissions for its campuses by 2030,” said Sustainable Development Planner, Building and Property Division at Monash University, Dr Kendra Wasiluk.
“Sustainability is a strategic priority for Monash and is at the heart of our decision-making to realise our ambitions, striving to achieve excellence through our core operations to serve the good of our communities and environment.”
The certification comes after Lendlease’s Barangaroo South recently claimed the title of Australia’s first Climate Active certified carbon neutral precinct.
In mid-2019, Lendlease’s Australian Building business became one of Australia’s first carbon neutral constructors. This was achieved by adopting low carbon building practices and offsetting all remaining FY19 construction emissions reported under the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting Act (2007).
Lendlease Building General Manager, Bill Alexandrakis, was pleased with the development, saying that “Lendlease has a long-held view that truly great places should deliver positive environmental and social outcomes, alongside financial value. From the very outset, we are committed to achieving the highest sustainability credentials on our projects.
“This achievement demonstrates what can be achieved when like-minded organisations share in a sustainability vision and ambition. We look forward to partnering with more of our clients to achieve further carbon neutral construction certifications,” Mr Alexandakis said.