Energy & Water Efficiency

UNSW campuses are significant consumers of energy and water, and some higher education activities are by their nature resource intensive. We aim to continually improve energy and water efficiency by investing in high-efficiency equipment and fittings and new technologies to improve control of building systems. In the long term, we will progressively electrify our campuses, transitioning from fossil fuels such as gas to renewable energy.


  • 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.