Energy & Water Efficiency

Our campuses are significant consumers of energy and water – resources on which we rely to carry out the core activities associated with higher education. We are focused on improving our energy and water efficiency as we aim to create sustainable campuses for students and staff.

Research shows that it is possible to achieve energy savings of 5-15% when users are provided with direct and real-time information on their energy use. We invest in smarter buildings and systems through more efficient equipment, fittings and new technologies, which will also result in cost savings for the University. Energy and water efficiency initiatives at all of our campuses are led by the Facilities Management Energy team, with support from other Estate Management teams and the wider University.


  • 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.