BRIEF – 21 October 2009 – University facility managers now have a rating tool they can rely on, thanks to the Aurecon and Monash University-developed tool which has just won an award at the 2009 Tertiary Education Facility Managers Association conference held in Melbourne last month.
The Model ESD (environmentally sustainable development) Sustainability Assessment Tool won the award for the most innovative and “best in class” at the TEFMA Innovation Award.
Developed as part of Monash University’s Model ESD Building Review project, the tool benchmarks
the university’s buildings in their current condition and assesses opportunities to improve the
environmental performance of existing building assets, and at the same time provides for consultation with users of the buildings.
Based on ESD strategies listed in the Six Steps to Sustainability and the Monash University Guide for Design and Management of Ecologically Sustainable Buildings, the Eco-Accord Model, the tool has already been used to assess a number of buildings and libraries at the Monash campus.