Energy & Water Efficiency

UNSW campuses, which serve our community of 62,000 students and 7,000 staff, are significant consumers of energy and water and some university teaching and research activities are resource-intensive by their nature.

We aim to progressively reduce our reliance on fossil fuels such as gas transition to renewable energy. We are continually investing in new equipment, fittings and technologies to ensure we are using energy and water resources efficiently. An example is the award-winning upgrade to the Roundhouse, which now utilises the cooling plant from the new Science and Engineering Building enabling an improvement in energy efficiency.  


  • Continually improve energy efficiency and electrify our campuses

  • Reduce potable water use and return water to the hydrological cycle¬†


  • Achieve a NABERS Energy equivalent rating of 4* or above for 10 existing buildings by 2022.
  • Increase the average energy efficiency of existing buildings by 3% by 2022.
  • Increase water efficiency per EFTSL by 2% by 2022.


  • Develop and implement an Energy & Water Strategy.
  • Expand the building active commissioning program.
  • Install aquifer recharge monitoring equipment.
  • Install a bore water network for non-potable uses in all new buildings.
  • Ensure all new water consuming fixtures are WELS-rated.
  • Review laboratory and equipment efficiency requirements.