Congratulations to Tumut Council.
Their Riverina Highlands Building Energy Efficiency Project (RHBEEP) was the
2014 Winner of the Climate Change Action Award
at the Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards.
These awards recognise the outstanding achievements by Local Government in managing and protecting the environment. Tumut Council is a rightful winner having the courage to think big and prove positive that sustainability has great financial benefits.
Small Council, Big Vision, Bigger Savings
The RHBEEP has set energy-efficiency benchmarks. The aim of the project was to transform the inefficient building into an energy-efficient showpiece by reducing energy consumption as well as educating the community on energy efficiency.
With a simple payback of 9.1 years and an 11% return on investment, the project has reduced Council’s carbon emission by 303 tonnes of CO2 per annum, a 62% reduction in emissions. A huge success.
Integral to this success was the installation of a geoexchange system, replacing the building’s aging, air-cooled central chiller and electric duct heaters.
GeoExchange Australia was involved in retrofitting of the geoexchange system – performing feasibility, testing, design, supply of WaterFurnace Ground Source Heat Pumps and commissioning.
For full details of the project, click here.
For the geoexchange case study, click here.
Full list of Local Government NSW Excellence in the Environment Awards – finalists and winners, click here.