Pymble Ladies’ College

Pymble Ladies’ College

Assisting to define PLC Vision 2020.

Our engagement started with solving a new building problem but grew to encompass the entire campus and school operations. With their passion to enable young women with the skills and knowledge to be the future leaders in their fields, the environmental leadership of the senior team and Board saw the opportunity in expanding its understanding and student engagement via TFC campus carbon footprint platform. PLC continue to utilise our Campus Calculator software to measure, monitor and improve their total life cycle carbon footprint.

“This is exactly what we were looking for, cost and carbon savings by using whole of life evaluation and helping project delivery consistent with our policy”.

– Head of Operational Services, Pymble Ladies College, Sydney

New Swimming Pool & Gym Development

PLC was seeking pathways to optimise the life cycle cost of a new pool development while keeping the project in line with their sustainability goals. TFC completed a life cycle carbon footprint assessment of the project utilising its Multi-use software. The analysis identified a number of design alternatives which delivered both economic and ecological productivity improvements.

  • Using our  Multi-Use Calculator a whole of building, whole-of-life impact analysis was completed,
  • The data highlighted the opportunity for a limited number of design changes to reduce total cost and footprint.
  • Pathways to reduce the project’s absolute carbon footprint by 15% with a cost saving of 3-4% were proposed.

This exercise served as a catalyst for a broader whole of campus / organisation carbon footprint with a strategy to inform Vision 2020 targets.

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Life Cycle Campus Assessment & Improvement Plan

PLC already had many sustainable initiatives in place but lacked cohesion amongst competing alternatives and a means to quantify the benefit for future policies.

  • We used the Campus Calculator to map the entire footprint of the campus, including fixed assets and operational consumption.
  • The results delivered some surprising realities and highlighted areas of significant improvement potential.
  • A staff and student engagement session helped to tease out priorities over a five year horizon and  together we integrated a sustainability plan into their 2020 mission.
  • Improvement  strategies were across all operational consumption areas including packaging and waste, enhancing their already extensive renewable energy generation and developing a building strategy focusing on reuse of existing buildings.

With the knowledge of the impact of strategies relative to each other, PLC is empowered to make the most efficient choices to reduce their footprint. PLC continue to utilise our campus application for their carbon reporting and monitoring.

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