ANU’s Frank Fenner Building cements ACT’s green credentials
A rooftop photovoltaic system generating up to 43,800kWh of electricity annually is helping the Frank Fenner Building at the Australian National University (ANU) come as close to carbon zero as possible, and has contributed to the building becoming the first in the ACT to achieve both 6 Star Green Star Office Design and As Built v3 ratings from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
The building, which houses the Fenner School of Environment and Society, a school dedicated to integrated environmental research and training, was completed in 2011 by property and construction company Hindmarsh.
It is part of the $240 million ANU College of Sciences Precinct which was completed in 2013 and which also incorporates the Teaching, Chemistry, Biosciences, Wes Whitten, Hancock West and Central Plant Buildings.
In addition to the photovoltaic system, Frank Fenner also reduces lighting energy consumption through the use of motion sensors and daylight dimming, while a blackwater recycling system captures all waste water.