The use of sustainable energy is becoming an increasingly important responsibility in all industries across the globe, and like education, has never been more important to our future. In response to this trend, The University of Wollongong (UoW) has made a commitment to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent over the next 15 years.
In 2018, INTREC were engaged under an Early Contractor Involvement model for the design and investigation of the projects included within the initial stage of the Thermal, LED and Solar PV (TLS) project. At the completion of the design phase, INTREC were appointed as the Managing Contractor for the delivery of TLS Stage 1; a vital leap in UoW’s Environmental Strategic Plan. Spanning from one side of the campus to the other, the Stage 1 upgrade included the installation of solar panels on 6 buildings, LED lighting in 8 buildings and thermal services in 6 buildings. The projects were completed in a live university environment over a period of six months.
Following the successful delivery of Stage 1, INTREC were awarded the Managing Contractor role for the second stage of the TLS project. INTREC are now well underway with the delivery of Stage 2, with the detailed design of 15 projects completed, alongside the delivery of four Solar PV projects and four LED projects. We have also progressed through the design phase of three thermal projects, which are now all in the procurement phase.
The INTREC team has permanent residence at the campus, coordinating major complete building mechanical upgrades, LED lighting retro fit projects and Solar PV system installations. At the completion of Stage 2, INTREC will have assisted UoW to reach a renewable energy generation of approximately 1 million kilowatt-hours per year in renewable energy, reducing the University’s energy consumption and electricity expenses. This TLS upgrade is a long term investment into a more sustainable future at the University of Wollongong. INTREC’s partnership with UoW has been key to the efficient implementation of sustainable infrastructure at the campus.