The Climate Council has included Charles Darwin’s ACIKE building in a list of the nation’s greenest buildings for its smart design and latest technology.

The building features controlled air conditioning and motion-triggered, low-energy lighting. It maximises water efficiency by capturing water from the building’s air conditioning and re-using it in outdoor ponds, waterfall and garden. Rainwater is also recycled and reused in the toilets and the garden.

Irwinconsult Project Manager and Environmentally Sustainable Development (ESD) Consultant Owen Tyson said that the firm guided the design team, including engineers, architect and interior designers, “regarding possible environmental sustainability options suitable for the hot, humid environment of Darwin and its remote location, aiming for an achievable 4 star Green Star rating given these restrictions.”

Irwinconsult provided Structural, Civil, Building Services (except Mechanical) and ESD for the Australian Centre for Indigenous Knowledges and Education (ACIKE) project, with a particular focus on the performance of the building’s fabric, sun shading, sustainability of materials used, indoor environmental quality and water.

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Charles Darwin University ACIKE Building