Macquarie University

Defining a one planet campus – continuing the pioneering excellence of Macquarie

Helping MU achieve their goals since 2011 and together delivering outcomes for student learning and engagement, sustainable buildings, public reporting and project management systems integration.

“The key benefits over other approaches is that it gives a meaningful goal, it rewards the key goal of keeping buildings and consumables for longer rather than replacing and upgrading and allows you to manage if yourself (very simply).  I am passionate about it as the perfect approach for Universities.”

– Manager Sustainability, Macquarie University Property

Australian Hearing Hub

The MU property team wanted to understand how their GreenStar projects measured up in terms of ecological footprint. TFC carried out a pilot assessment on the Australian Hearing Hub (AHH) using our Multi-Use Calculator. The results were a surprise and highlighted the need to apply life cycle assessment and whole of life performance targets for all capital and operational elements. In particular:

  • Driving operating energy efficiency can add more embodied carbon than is saved operationally – showing how carbon “payback” should be applied to ensure the most efficient carbon footprint is delivered.
  • A 1 planet pathway was defined which brought radical thinking – but highlighted the need for a “whole of campus” approach to the built-form – for key infrastructure such as transport, water and energy.

This served as a catalyst for a whole campus assessment and One Planet strategy.

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New Library

The new university library is an iconic and world class knowledge and teaching facility.  Its radical departure from traditional libraries with the use of the largest robotic book retrieval system in Australia and integrated technology on floor demonstrates how economic, technological and ecological efficiency can be simultaneously delivered.

  • Employing our Multi-Use Calculator we evaluated the design and validated the as-built outcome, a year after completion.
  • The design and technology approach reduced the life cycle impact of the library by over 36% as compared to a traditional approach and achieved an ecological footprint of 0.6 planets.
  • TFC also made further recommendations for future improvements which could deliver an additional 15% environmental benefit.

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Campus 2030 Masterplan

After an extensive review the University adopted the Ecological Footprint as the method for measuring and reporting its sustainability efforts and set an ambitious One Planet target for the Campus by 2030. MU felt that the concept of one planet was accessible for its diverse set of stakeholders and was appealing and intuitive for students.  TFC deployed a customised branded cloud platform and continue to support;

  • The Property team with an integrated development brief and multi-use applications for all developments and fitouts – enabling real-time comparison of all projects;
  • Annual assessment, validation and reporting of total footprint with the property and sustainability teams; using our Campus Calculator;
  • Public reporting interface;
  • Environmental management students life cycle assessment learning.

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