Six Star Success
The Taronga Institute of Science and Learning has received a six-star environmental rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.
Taronga Zoo is the first zoo in Australia to be awarded the prestigious rating. This is testament to Taronga’s deep commitment to environmental protection and restoration. At the same time, the rating has helped the zoo to achieve carbon neutral status six years ahead of schedule.
The Institute has been designed as a living laboratory for conservation allowing scientists, animal carers, educationalist and the public to interact. Built to empower the scientists of tomorrow the design needed to inspire those who work there and be a benchmark for sustainability globally.
Two solar rooftop systems provide solar photovoltaic energy and hot water solar thermal systems to heat potable water. Other sustainable features include utilisation of recycled water for toilet flushing and irrigation; passive design in the foyer area to avoid having to implement air conditioning systems; as well as specialized louvres to reduce solar radiation penetrating the building and to keep optimal temperature levels.
With the built environment being the world’s single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions it is paramount that we continually improve our environmental efficiencies. To find out more about Taronga’s sustainable energy initiatives click here.