Monash University has been announced as a finalist in the Built Environment category for this year’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their Passive House Pioneers program.

Sustainability Victoria Chief Executive Stan Krpan congratulated the Monash University team for their great work in reducing the impacts of climate change and building a more sustainable environment in Victoria.

“Delivering these awards each year means we continue to discover the talent and enthusiasm Victorians have for protecting their environment and thinking creatively about new sustainable business models.”

“These awards represent Victoria’s highest recognition for sustainability, and acknowledge leadership, innovation and achievement. Each finalist should be congratulated for improving sustainable outcomes across business, government and within the community,” Mr Krpan said.

Monash University has set clear socially and ecologically responsible goals to reduce the environmental impact of its operations. In line with the recent COP21 agreement, Monash University is exploring options to achieve zero emission buildings.

As a pilot program, Passive House design principles were applied to the renovation of a dilapidated asbestos-clad warehouse at the Clayton campus for Monash’s Building and Property Division.

Using Passive House design principles – one of the first large commercial buildings in Australia to do so – the result is an exemplar in the application of world’s best practice sustainable building. The project objective was to turn a contaminated site into an innovative, energy efficient, vibrant and comfortable open office space, achieving close to net zero carbon.