ANU’s greener future

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ANU vice-chancellor Professor Ian Young with Chief Minister Katy Gallagher inside the new Frank Fenner building.

THE ANU’s new state-of-the-art $11m Frank Fenner Building was opened today, housing the Fenner School of Environment and Society and the Climate Change Institute.

The building was named after the late Emeritus Professor Frank Fenner, a scientist, environmentalist and humanitarian who played a significant role in malaria prevention, the eradication of smallpox and rabbit control.

The building was given a six Green Star rating for environmental performance in the Office AS Built v3.

ANU vice-chancellor Professor Ian Young said the building had a host of environmental and sustainability features built in, which would put it in the top 25 per cent of buildings in Australia in terms of environmental performance.

“The new building houses a photovoltaic array, hybrid air-conditioning unit, rainwater collection and recycled blackwater, resulting in a saving of over 60 per cent in carbon emissions each year,” he said.

“The building will be used as a living laboratory, with live displays and a wetland which will increase biodiversity and collect stormwater runoff.

“The opening of this building is a significant step for future environment and climate change research at ANU.”

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