Overview - Greening Inveresk Precinct: Towards Water and Energy Sustainability
Launceston City Council
|Estimated annual savings||Water: 15 400 kilo litres
Energy: 525 000 kilowatt hours
CO2 emissions: 14.7 tonnes
Aerial image of Aurora Stadium
Photo: Launceston City Council
The Inveresk precinct is a community hub with cultural, sporting, recreational, educational and commercial facilities serving a large number of residents and visitors.
Aurora Stadium and the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG) are two of the largest water and energy consumers in Launceston.
Through this project, now complete, the Inveresk precinct, including Aurora Stadium and QVMAG, underwent a retrofit using the latest energy and water saving technologies, becoming a showcase for demonstrating how smart and innovative design can cut water and energy use.
Key initiatives of the Greening Inveresk Precinct: Towards Water and Energy Sustainability Project included:
- installing a building management system at Aurora Stadium, saving 220 000 kW hours of energy each year
- upgrading lighting throughout all venues for more efficient energy use and better use of natural light
- upgrading the air conditioning system at the QVMAG, increasing energy efficiency by 10 per cent to save 64 000 kW hours a year
- installing a rainwater harvesting system for the Inveresk precinct, including rainwater tanks to reduce the amount of potable water used for irrigation
- installing water efficiency measures including water harvesting and irrigation control to reduce water use by 25 per cent
Throughout the three year project, the Launceston City Council coordinated sustainability events, demonstration days, tours, lectures and workshops to involve local businesses, sporting groups and the community.
One aspect of the community engagement was the EcoSmartBiz Greening Inveresk Program, which aimed to help small to medium businesses in the Launceston Inveresk Precincts to save money and the environment.
The sixteen participating businesses, attended workshops and had energy, water and waste site audits completed by specialist consultants. The site audit results were incorporated into action plans.
Launceston City Council also worked with the University of Tasmania to deliver open day tours, public lectures, visual and performing art and energy displays, and interpretive signs, all focused on sustainable practices with regard to energy and water efficiency.