Members of the Chinese Ministry of Water have visited the RMIT EPC Water Project with the aim of rolling out a similar water saving program under a guaranteed performance model in China.
The EPC Water Project is part of the University’s Sustainable Urban Precincts Program (SUPP), which endeavours to cut water use by an estimated 68 million litres annually.
Launched in 2014, RMIT has been working with Siemens and Honeywell over two years to identify opportunities for energy and water savings in 90 buildings at the City, Bundoora and Brunswick campuses.
The delegation visited the Bundoora campus for a guided tour by SUPP Program Manager Michael Snow, and Honeywell Project Director, James Tetlow.
“The water project comprises a variety of different measures, from placing restrictors in taps and recovering rainwater from roofs for toilet flushing, to piping excess stormwater across from Bundoora East Lake to Bundoora West for irrigation,” Tetlow said.
“Some of the measures pay back in seven years, others take longer. The measures were developed between 2011 and 2012 by working with RMIT and looking at their water consumption patterns.
“The delegation seemed very appreciative and was particularly interested in hearing about how we are recovering the water that has previously been wasted as part of testing the fire sprinkler pumps.”
SUPP at RMIT was a once in a generation opportunity for the University to achieve a fundamental shift in momentum toward sustainability, and was the biggest program of its kind in the southern hemisphere Snow said.
“The visit went very well they were very impressed with both the installation and the maintenance standards applied to our buildings,” he said.
“They will be preparing and submitting a report to the Chinese central government upon their return with the aim of rolling out a significant water saving program under a guaranteed performance model in China.”
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