14 August 2012 — A building development in Melbourne’s Docklands precinct, a Queensland innovation to reduce power bills and a “green” data centre for a Melbourne water company were among sustainability winners at the annual national iAwards, announced last week.
In its 18th year, the iAwards recognise innovative companies and individuals and offer national winners and merit recipients the opportunity to represent Australia at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards.
Chief executive officer Suzanne Campbell said the range of innovations and demonstration of innovative thinking showed how strong the ICT industry was in Australia.
The national winner of the sustainability and green IT category was Integral Technology Solutions and Local Government Infrastructure Services for their Climate Smart Home Service.
Climate Smart uses a combination of wireless power monitors, stand-by eliminators, compact fluorescent power globes and software solutions to help retail consumers of power reduce their consumption and their electricity bills.
The system has reduced greenhouse gas emissions, across the Queensland electricity market, by an estimated 3.7 million tonnes, the company says.
Meanwhile, the national company/group category merit recipients for Sustainability and Green IT included a Lend Lease, Fujitsu and Switch Automation project and Melbourne Water.
The Lend Lease, Fujistu and Switch Automation award was for Convesso Concavo, a Lend Lease project in Melbourne’s Docklands.
Industry firsts in the development included:
- Cloud-based residential energy monitoring
- Cloud-based home automation
- Gigabit Passive Optical Network for building automation system communications, telephone and broadband
- First GBCA four star Green Star residential building in Victoria
The Switch Smart Hub, in conjunction with the Fujitsu GPON network, provides building residents with the ability to monitor, control and manage their apartments and energy and water consumption.
Melbourne Water received a merit for its $7 million Green Data Centre.
The facility has been designed using an indirect free cooling solution and rack air containment technologies which reduce energy consumption for the cooling system by 40 per cent.
This equates to a saving of more than $40,000 or 600 tonnes of CO2 per annum for the life of the facility.