Tasmania’s first green school
The University of Tasmania’s new Medical Science 2 (MS2) building is the first educational building in Tasmania to achieve a Green Star rating.
The University of Tasmania’s new Medical Science 2 (MS2) building has been awarded a five-star Green Star – Education Design v1 rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). It is the first educational building in Tasmania to achieve a Green Star rating and only the fifth building in Tasmania to achieve a Green Star rating.
MS2 will have teaching facilities for more than 1000 undergraduate students, and office and laboratory facilities for 450 staff and postgraduate students. Some of the building’s environmentally sustainable attributes include a 80,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank, energy efficient lighting units, 200 secure bike parking spaces with showers and storage for staff and students, and priority parking for small cars.
“It is important that while the building provides excellent, cutting-edge facilities for students and staff, its environmental impacts are minimised and the building’s features are sustainably designed and constructed,” Jacinta Young, executive director of the University of Tasmania’s commercial services and development, states.
The GBCA’s Green Schools report, which outlines the benefits of green schools, and shares the practical experience of ministers, education departments, principals and teachers in embracing the Green Star – Education rating tool, can be downloaded from the GBCA website here: www.gbca.org.au/greenyourschool.