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Environmental sustainability

Sustainable Built Environment

Buildings la and lb at the Melbourne Burwood Campus

Why are sustainable built environments important?

While cities occupy just 2 per cent of the world’s land mass, they are responsible for more than two-thirds of energy use and global greenhouse gas emissions. In Australia, the residential and commercial building sector is responsible for approximately 23 per cent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Utilising the principles of environmental sustainability when planning and designing the campus grounds and buildings can lead to substantial savings in operating and capital costs while reducing the environmental impacts, including biodiversity loss and greenhouse gas emissions.


  • Sustainable Built Environment (SBE) principles incorporated into University’s master planning, design standards and major construction projects
  • all works related to significant refurbishments / retrofits to aspire to a 5 Star (Green Star or equivalent) standard
  • all new buildings to be at a minimum a 5 Star (Green Star or equivalent) standard
  • increase by 10% the positive environmental impact ratings for building projects (new or retrofitted) using third party certified ratings (Green Star or equivalent).

Key activities undertaken

  • active membership in Green Building Council of Australia.
  • create an Environmental Sustainable Design Policy for new and existing buildings
  • review building design standards

What can you do?

  • Install a solar hot water system to reduce your household's energy use and save up to 75% of your water-heating costs.
  • Switch to GreenPower and immediately cut your household greenhouse gas emissions by up to 50%
  • Reduce heat loss by 80-90% and install ceiling insulation in your home
  • Draught-proof your windows, doors, floorboards and exhaust fans to save up to 25% on heating costs
  • Install awnings on north, west and east facing windows to reduce heat from direct sunlight.
  • Appliances account for about 40% of a household's greenhouse gas emissions. Use high star-rated, energy-efficient appliances and remember to switch off items in standby mode to reduce your energy use
  • Use plants to block summer sun. Deciduous trees and pergola vines on the east and west sides of your home will still let in winter sun
  • Double-glaze to reduce heat loss. 'Add-on' double-glazing is available for existing homes using glass or acrylic
  • When building a new home, use the principles of passive heating and cooling to reduce heating and cooling consumption.



Deakin University acknowledges the traditional land owners of present campus sites.

6th February 2012