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    The built environment projects on the 2015 VIC Premier's Sustainability Awards shortlist

    Nathan Johnson

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    Twenty six finalists have been announced for the 13th Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards, including two built environment projects and a practical guide to the construction of green walls, roofs and facades.

    The Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance’s “Watts Working Better” street lighting project and the University of Melbourne’s Melbourne School of Design building by John Wardle Architects and NADAAA are the only two finalists named in the Built Environment category, while The Growing Green Guide for Melbourne by The University of Melbourne has been shortlisted for the Education and Government categories.

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    The Goulburn Broken Greenhouse Alliance’s Watts Working Better is an innovative street lighting project that will see over 13,000 energy inefficient lights replaced in a bid to reduce energy use and save landfill across nine Victorian regional councils.

    According to the Victorian Government, the $4.68 million street lighting replacement project, which will see nine jurisdictions change their Mercury Vapour street lights to new LED and T5 fluorescent lights, will slash greenhouse gas emissions by more than 90,000 tonnes over the project's 20 years life. 

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    Photography by John Gollings.

    The University of Melbourne’s Melbourne School of Design building has featured prominently in architecture circles since its completion in December 2014. Designed by John Wardle Architects and NADAAA, the building has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Design - Education Design v1 rating by the Green Building Council of Australia and is the first education facility to be awarded the maximum 10 Green Star innovation credits.


    See Mihaly Slocombe Director, Warwick Mihaly's review of the Melbourne School of Design here
    More info on the project's sustainability credentials are available here.


    2.JPGReleased in February 2014, The Growing Green Guide was and has achieved significant success in Australia - with more than 70,000 website downloads - and has been translated to Spanish and Chinese.

    The guide itself is a free, comprehensive and practical guide to the construction of green walls, roofs and facades, and is the result of a unique partnership between the University of Melbourne, Inner Melbourne Action Plan members - the City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, City of Stonnington and City of Port Phillip - and the State Government.

    It is designed to bridge the information gap between those looking to incorporate vegetation on buildings, such as green roofs and walls, as a sustainability measure but are hampered by a lack of knowledge and skills around how these technologies can be used successfully.

    Since its release is the result of a unique partnership between the University of Melbourne, Inner Melbourne Action Plan  members - the City of Melbourne, City of Yarra, City of Stonnington and City of Port Phillip - and the State Government.

    Download it here.

    Winners will be for the awards will be announced at a ceremony on Thursday 29 October at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne.

    In addition to the category awards, the Premier of Victoria, the Hon Daniel Andrews will personally select two winners for the Premier's Regional Recognition Award and the Premier's Recognition Award. 

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