School in Brisbane in a class of its own
Right from the drawing board, the design of St Stephen’s Algester incorporated ecoefficiency features. However, having sustainable power, water and waste by design is far from the end of the school’s eco efforts. Built in 2003, and opened in 2004, in Brisbane’s south-east, St Stephen’s 500 students and staff are spread across a large facility.
With ongoing programs, the school has already explored a lot of eco-innovations – all while teaching the next generation about sustainability in action. Incorporating eco-efficiency principles in all aspects of its recent construction, the sustainability journey of St Stephen’s Algester is continuing as it started.
The school wanted to minimise costs and improve the school’s working and learning environment and action plan highlights to achieve this have included:
• Consolidating refrigerator stock so most units can be deactivated at low times
• Reducing air-conditioning through natural ventilation
• Developing start-up and shut-down procedures for light and sound equipment
• Building Sheep Station Gully Environmental Learning Centre as a centrepiece to the school’s eco-education goals.
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