The Footprint Company provided guidance to the Australian National University to achieve specific sustainability goals during the redevelopment of the Union Court precinct on the campus.

As a pre-eminent research university, which is ranked first in Australia and 20th in the world, the Australian National University (ANU) is at the forefront of research and learning leadership. A key objective of the Union Court revitalisation project was to achieve consistency with this leadership, meeting the challenges of the future by targeting a sustainability performance consistent with the ecological limits of the planet.

The Union Court project consists of a new mixed-use living, teaching, learning, leisure and retail precinct. The use of Ecological Footprint and the One Planet concept assists project stakeholders in understanding the future sustainability of the project.

Life cycle assessment specialist The Footprint Company (TFC) utilised their considerable sustainable design expertise to provide guidance to the masterplan development with a focus on maximising passive design values and minimising resource use. TFC’s online life cycle precinct software was used to model development scenarios to achieve design parameters to meet the One Planet performance goals.

TFC continues to support the development management team in aspects of sustainability performance for built form, leasing, tenancy design, place making and operations. TFC’s life cycle assessment software is being used by Lend Lease to develop the building level construction response to meet the One Planet and embodied carbon performance targets set in the development brief.

TFC specialises in supporting industry leaders to achieve low carbon design and operational excellence through their design expertise and sector leading online assessment and modelling software.