Australia is charging ahead in the new age of solar. The announcement of the Tesla Powerwall has been a catalyst in driving forward the solar storage battery industry. A once incredibly expensive technology is suddenly approaching economic feasibility.
A couple of weeks ago we got the exciting news that the Kathmandu National Distribution Centre in Truganina was awarded the 5 Star Green Star Industrial As Built v1 Rating to go along with it's 5 Star Green Star Industrial Design v1 Rating.
This is an excellent outcome and proof that the construction team led by Qanstruct was able to deliver the project exactly as predicted in the design rating. What's even more impressive is that with the help of SDC, the team managed to be awarded enough points in the Round 1 Submission so we didn't even need to go in for a second round to get the certification.
If you would like any further details on this exciting project or would like to talk to SDC about how we can help you achieve a Green Star rating on your new development in the easiest and most economical way possible, please feel free to contact me at any time.
SDC would like to congratulate Qanstruct and Dexus on the achievement of a 5 Star Green Star Industrial v1 Design rating for both the Kathmandu National Distribution Centre in Victoria and the Toshiba - Quarry at Greystanes project in NSW.
SDC was proud to be the Green Star Accredited Professional on both projects working with the design teams to achieve these great outcomes!
Keep your eyes out for the announcement that both these projects achieved the 5 Star Green Star Industrial v1 As Built rating - which we are sure will follow in the upcoming months now that both projects are nearing completion or just finished.
What if our roads were producing energy and what if we used that energy to help power our cars?
The amount of sunlight falling on the road surfaces everyday could be a still untapped source of large scale renewable energy. There is now over 800,000 kilometres of road across Australia that could be a possible source of renewable energy!
This is how in 2009, the SolaRoad project started in the Netherlands. The project is to develop roads with integrated solar photovoltaic cells. It consists of 2.5 x 3.5m concrete modules with a translucent top layer of tempered glass with silicon solar cells underneath.
Early this month the SolaRoad project has inaugurated its first prototype close to Amsterdam; a 70-meter stretch of bike path. With so much potential for energy generation, we can only hope that the results will be promising and the technology uptake widespread!
For more information on this project visit: http://www.solaroad.nl/en/
For information on a similar project in the US using a different approach and technology visit: http://www.solarroadways.com/intro.shtml
This month Sustainable Development Consultants installed 8kW of solar PV panels on the roof of our office in Camberwell. The solar array installed consists of 32 highly efficient 250W Panels from Phono®Solar connected to an 8kW SolarMax® inverter.
Sustainable Development Consultants, being a sustainable practice, installed the solar electricity system to ensure that we “practice what we preach” and keep our own business in line with our usual ESD recommendations.
This new solar system will create substantial financial savings and offset some of the office’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Based on the emission factor for Victoria , our office is predicted to offset 11.7 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year!
Based on our current electricity price of 22 cents per kWh and an average daily output of 3.4hrs per day across the whole year, the savings are estimated at around $2,200 per year. So the whole system will pay for itself in less than 5 years.
The whole system was installed very quickly by The Green Power Company in less than 2 days. With the final approvals by the authority and energy retailer taking a couple of weeks. As of Friday 10th October, we are gaining the benefits of this system and look forward to gaining those benefits for years to come.
We hope that by showcasing the advantages and ease of installation of a solar system on an office, SDC will help other businesses and clients to consider solar as a viable solution and follow the same path.
Lindsay and Denis
To contact the solar installer on the project please see the following website www.greenpowerco.com.au
SDC would like to congratulate the entire Coles Hallam Design and Construction team, which SDC was very proud to be a part of, for winning a Highly Commended Award at the Victorian Engineering Excellence Awards.
The night was fantastic, held at Hamer Hall on Tuesday Night, with wonderful entertainment and a great chance to meet all the other contestants and award winners.
Once again, Congratulations Coles and the team for a well deserved award to recognise The Supermarket of the Future!
This is just a really quick post to let everyone know of a great little video that explains eTool and Life Cycle Analysis.
Check it out!