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New ACT Law Courts will showcase sustainable design

The redevelopment of the ACT’s law courts will showcase sustainable design in a bid to “meet the territory’s needs for the next 50 years in a more functional, flexible and sustainable way”.

According to ACT Attorney-General Simon Corbell, the new building will be certified to a 5 Star (“Australian Excellence”) Green Star standard and incorporate “the installation of a 110-kilowatt capacity solar photovoltaic array, solar water heating, rainwater harvesting and end of journey facilities for cyclists”.

“A new integrated heating and cooling plant arrangement and improved lighting systems will also contribute to the energy efficiency of the new precinct,” Mr Corbell said.

The news was welcomed by the Green Building Council of Australia’s chief executive Romilly Madew, who said: “As the ACT Government works towards carbon-neutral operations by 2020, energy-efficient, cost-effective buildings play an essential role.

“A Green Star rating gives ACT taxpayers confidence that the infrastructure they are funding is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

“Ensuring the long-term sustainability of the law courts will help the ACT Government save money, future-proof valuable assets, improve the productivity, health and wellbeing of workers and visitors, and ultimately create a stronger, more sustainable community.”

Source: The Fifth Estate

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