Independent Member for Shepparton District Suzanna Sheed has welcomed the Government’s inclusion of energy efficient features in the new Shepparton Law Courts.
Last month in Parliament Ms Sheed asked Attorney General Martin Pakula to advise what energy-saving and energy-producing components had been incorporated into the design of the new courthouse, which is due to be completed later this year.
In his reply this week, Mr Pakula said the new building will include several sustainable design initiatives including a rainwater harvesting system and a high performance façade to reduce the need for heating and cooling.
“It is very pleasing to see energy efficient measures have been considered and incorporated into the new Shepparton Law Courts,” Ms Sheed said.
“The building has piqued the interest of many of my constituents and my office has received several queries about its construction.
“It is clear that a significant proportion of our community feels strongly about energy conservation, particularly in light of increasing energy costs, and I am pleased to have been able to get some answers about our soon-to-be-finished courthouse.”
Mr Pakula said the development had been designed to reduce energy consumption, reduce carbon emissions, reduce potable water usage and improve indoor environment quality.
“CSV (Court Services Victoria) advises that these initiatives including high performance façade, windows and energy efficient building services, including LED lighting, designed to significantly reduce the need for heating and cooling, and carbon emissions,” Mr Pakula said.
“The building design also includes a rainwater harvesting system, with a 25,000 litre tank for toilet flushing and irrigation, and uses water efficient fixtures and fittings.
“CSV advises that the design does not incorporate solar energy generation systems. Solar energy generation was considered by CSV during the design of the building, however it was not considered economic in the context of the building’s overall design and anticipated running costs.”
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