Monash University Net Zero Energy Transformation Program Owner's Engineer

Client: Monash University

Location: University Owned Buildings, all Victorian Campuses

Year: 2017 - Current

Challenge: In a world first for a Net Zero initiative of this scale, Monash University is developing an ambitious program to transform the University's built environment and energy profile to achieve Net Zero Emissions on site, without the purchase of offsets.

FGA Role: Acting as the University's owner's engineer and working closely with the University's Buildings and Property Division engineers, FGA is trusted to develop the technical strategy and concept design for the Net Zero Program Phase 1, targeting the University's main Clayton Campus in Melbourne, Victoria.

The concept design considers the complex control and interactive effects between mechanical and electrical systems at the southern precinct, including the existing High Voltage network, microgrid enabled capability in distributed energy management, grid integrated Distributed Energy Resources and Energy Storage Systems, dynamic control of major building assets, including the establishment of centralised precinct energy (thermal precincts), thermal storage, energy efficient lighting, building tuning and solar PV.

FGA's role also includes extensive consultations with Project teams on a range of new building developments on campus, ensuring design alignment with the Net Zero program, including development of project specific concept designs and technical briefings for implementation by consultant teams.

Outcomes: The Net Zero Program represents an energy transformation which will be staged over a number of years. FGA's owner’s engineering advisory and design consultancy services have provided the University's with the business case and technical foundations on which to further develop the initiative going forward.