Melbourne’s Monash University awarded Australia’s largest Passive House certification
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Gillies Hall in Monash University, Melbourne, has been awarded the nation’s largest Passive House certification.
The buildingis power by 100% renewable energy, and is located on the university’s Peninsula campus in the suburb of Frankston, south Melbourne.
The complex, which was designed by Jackson Clements Burrows, has been constructed by Multiplex, and will be used for student accommodation.
Gillies Hall is the first building in the southern hemisphere to achieve the certification for sustainable design and construction.
The building features 150 single occupancy units between six levels, and has been deemed more than three times as efficient as other Monash University residential halls.
“We are thrilled to achieve Passive House certification on this progressive and highly sustainable student accommodation,” stated Graham Cottam, Regional Managing Director of Multiplex Victoria.
“Together with Monash University, we have set a new industry standard for environmentally sustainable construction, and we look forward to working towards the prestigious Passive House standard on future projects.”
The building has an air leakage rate of 0.53 air changes per hour, and is made from cross-laminated timber (CLT) which can halve the building’s embodied carbon.
“Gillies Hall will deliver an outstanding experience for its residents through a high quality thermal indoor environment and plays a significant part in the University’s Net Zero initiative through its all electric design,” commented Bradley Williamson, Executive Director of the Buildings and Property Division at Monash University.
“The building is a key component of the University’s vision to develop the Peninsula campus into a vibrant and integrated health and education precinct.”
Experian’s 2021 Disability Equality Index top score
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and Disability has awarded Experian North America the title “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” of 2021.
The association is the nation’s largest disability rights organisation, which works to advance the inclusion of people with disabilities.
Experian is a global information services company, which assists customers in their data management. With 17,800 employees operating across 44 countries, Experian is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Headquartered in California, USA, the company has a revenue of $5b.
Experian’s ongoing commitment to disability inclusion
People with disabilities represent over one billion people across the world, crossing the lines of age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.
Experian North America earned a score of 90 out of 100 on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI), which is considered the world’s most comprehensive benchmarking tool to measure disability workplace inclusion.
The company has been applauded previously for its attitude to diversity and inclusion:
- For the third year in a row, Experian earned its recertification as one of Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For
- Experian is among the top of Fortune’s Best Workplaces in Financial Services and Insurance
- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave Experian North America a perfect score in its Corporate Equality Index, also for the third year in a row
- Experian was also honored as a Comparably Top 50 company for Best Outlook 2021.
More inclusion to be done for those with disabilities in the world, says Experian
Staff at Experian are thrilled with the result, but understand that their inclusion journey is not over.
“I am thrilled Experian is being recognised for our ongoing efforts to improve disability inclusion for employees, in our technology and how we support our clients”, said Wil Lewis, Experian North America’s chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer. “We realise there is much more work for us to do, and to be done in the world, and we’re committed to continuing our focus on inclusion and belonging for all,”
"We are so pleased to partner with 319 companies this year on the Disability Equality Index”, said Jill Houghton, Disability:IN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Part of corporate commitment to disability inclusion is recognising your stance and using it as an 'aha moment' to drive the business investments needed to scale change. Inclusion and accessibility cuts across the enterprise, from cultural representation in the workforce, to technology acceleration, to incorporating supply chain diversity. These are tangible opportunities that leading companies can leverage to create sustainable impact for their business and brand."