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Parliament House in Canberra is seeking a HVAC contractor

TENDERS AND OPPORTUNITIES: With around 4500 NSW government employees due to bump into their new digs at Walker Corp’s nearly complete 4 Parramatta Square office tower from the end of this year, there’s a tender open to supply and maintain indoor plants throughout the 65,000 square metre 40-storey tower.

The successful contractor will be required to supply, install and maintain plants in line with the indoor landscaping design developed by Turf Design Studio.

The tower was designed by JPW (Johnson Pilton Walker) and constructed by joint venture partners Built and Obayashi Corporation. It is targeting a 5 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia, and the indoor plants are expected to earn two credit points toward the rating.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment will be one of the primary tenants, along with Department of Customer Service.

Social procurement specifications are one of the primary requirements for tenders, including participation of small to medium enterprises within the contractor supply chain – either Aboriginal or Australian Disability Enterprise participation and contribution to “sustainability in NSW” in the way services are delivered.

Next steps towards a standard for hot water energy use

Research on energy use of hot water systems in Australia and New Zealand is both dated and limited, with the NSW government wants to find a research consultant to bring the data on hot water systems up to date, as part of a broader aim of developing energy efficiency standards for hot water systems in Australia and New Zealand.

This is to update the last broad studies undertaken in the late 1980s.

New standards have been identified as a priority under the cross-jurisdictional Equipment Energy Efficiency (E3) Program which involves the federal government, state and territory governments and New Zealand government.

Currently, hot water heaters account for around one quarter of total household energy use, around 20 per cent of household energy costs and a total of 20 per cent of residential greenhouse gas emissions in Australia and 33 per cent of residential emissions in New Zealand.

A hot water project team has been established as part of the E3 program. The new research will support the team’s work by providing draw-off profile data that reflects the range of household demographics, climate zones and technology types across both nations.

The successful proponent will be expected to recruit at least 200 households from across household demographics and climate zones.

Draw-off research captures the times and use patterns, which in conjunction with climate zone, household size and equipment type, are a key factor in emissions and energy use.

The new research will incorporate in-situ metering of cold-water intake, hot water draw-off, the amount of energy used to produce the hot water and where the water was used within the home. Six technologies will be monitored: gas instantaneous, gas storage, electric storage, heat pump, solar gas boosted, and solar electric boosted.

Ultimately, the research will also help inform the development of AS/NZ standards around energy use and water heating appliances. It will also be used to assist with designing a comparative tool to help householders select an efficient hot water system.

Expressions of Interest close at 10am EDT on 11 November 2019. Access all the relevant documents.

Regional microgrids

Energy enterprises and community organisations are being offered a share of up to $20 million in grant funds for feasibility studies into regional community microgrids as part of the Federal Government’s Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund.

Grant applications for Round 1 close November 21, 2019.

The program aims to support investigations into the feasibility of microgrids for off-grid and fringe-of-grid locations. The government says that with microgrid technology becoming increasingly cost-effective there is an opportunity to create reliable, low-cost off-grid energy supplies such as solar and battery storage combinations without the need to invest in more poles and wires. The use of diesel generators could also be reduced.

Microgrids that are economically viable may be able to attract additional support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and Clean Energy Finance Corporation.

Get the details of how to apply.

Parliament House seeking HVAC contractor

Can a good HVAC maintenance contractor reduce emissions from Parliament House in Canberra? The open tender for HVAC servicing is an opportunity to find out!

The five-year contract expected to commence in January 2020 will involve the maintenance, inspection and upkeep of all the HVAC systems including approximately 1800 VAV boxes in the building, 2100 fire dampers and 480 fans.

Cleaning ductwork following the annual Bogong moth migration is also a key task, with the tender documents revealing moth carcasses are particularly prone to accumulating in return air ductwork underneath the Senate and House of Representatives chambers and the supply air ductwork above the Senate and House of Representatives Chambers.

Tender applicants are asked to detail their knowledge of environmental business impacts and commitment to responsible practices and also to outline plans for minimizing any environmental harm arising from the goods and services they provide.

Suggested aspects to address include environmental procurement; reduction of carbon footprints associated with packaging, chemicals, energy consumption and disposable items; and proactive procurement of energy-efficient equipment.

All prospective tenderers need to register by 2pm Monday, 4 November to attend a mandatory site inspection and industry briefing at Parliament House at 10am on Wednesday 6 November.

The tender closes 2 December 2019 – full details and supporting documents.

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