Clean energy powers student learning
Curtin University Exchange delivers on sustainability
Curtin University students are reaping the benefits of clean energy, via a major new industry-connected innovation hub. The mixed-use Exchange development includes about 1,000 new student accommodation beds, a 60-room boutique hotel, 38 apartments, 3,000 square metres of commercial space and 15 specialty retail shops.
We are delighted to partner with a leading organisation such as Curtin University to work on this unique project. The project incorporates various sustainable initiatives and alternative energy generation sources to ensure long-term sustainability and reduce the overall impact of the development on the environment.Werner von GuionneauChief Executive, InfraRed Capital Partners
Exchange at Curtin University in Perth is driving a new benchmark for universities seeking to create inspiring, sustainable, integrated facilities for their students.
The CEFC committed up to $120 million in debt finance towards the $300 million development, which delivered improvements in energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions while providing world-class educational facilities.
University campuses are exciting microcosms of our future cities. They bring together a wealth of experience and learning and represent enormous potential to develop and demonstrate how clean energy technologies can be integrated to deliver long-term sustainability benefits to communities.
With more than 59,000 students, Curtin University is WA’s largest university. The main campus is based in Perth, with a major regional campus in Kalgoorlie and four international campuses.
Exchange was designed to transform Curtin’s main Perth campus into a major innovation hub where research, industry and the wider community could come together to drive real-world solutions to tomorrow’s challenges in one convenient location.
Exchange is expected to save more than 2,455 tonnes of carbon emissions annually – the equivalent of taking about 520 cars off the road each year.
To achieve that target, integrated sustainability initiatives include a high-performance building façade, energy efficient heating, ventilation and air-conditioning, energy efficient internal lighting and control systems and 300 kW of rooftop solar.
The new development includes water recycling and energy minimisation initiatives and is situated close to Curtin’s bus interchange. It is targeting 5 Star Green Star Design and As Built ratings.