Award winning environmental HQ

Sandvik?s 16 hectare state of the art facility for manufacturing, assembly, R&D, distribution and aftermarket service won two awards that were related to environmental sustainability, including water efficiency and energy efficiency use. Builder Drayton Construction, in conjunction with EJE Architects, entered the facility in the awards.

The three awards were for:

?    An industrial building over $10 million.
?    Efficient use of water.
?    Energy efficiency and environmental sustainability.

The judges? comments highlighted key elements that contributed to the winning the awards. Foremost amongst these was that the main two-storey office building achieved a figure of 5.5 under the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS).

The judges said that the facility was testament to the energy efficiency and sustainability priorities incorporated into the project, using a variety of physical elements on-site.

These included a 132kW solar system, heat recovery systems on ventilation and compressed air circuits, rainwater and grey water systems totalling 75,000 litres, real-time energy monitoring and management including all electrical, gas, and water circuits.

Sandvik Mining?s global commitment to sustainability required the efficient use and re-use of water at its new regional headquarters. The greywater/test water recycling collects and treats equipment wash-down and test waters in the main workshop, saving more than five million litres per year while compressed air heat exchangers are used to pre-heat hot water for the main and amenities buildings.

The nearby Tomago sandbeds are protected by stormwater treatment, including bio-retention swales and gross pollutant traps to achieve strict state government requirements.

?This is an outstanding result for Sandvik Mining, and highlights our commitment to efficient use of energy and other resources, as well as environmental sustainability,? said Frank Ryan, Sandvik Mining?s vice president of underground coal for Australia and New Zealand.

Source: Sandvik Mining

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