The $2 million Building Innovation Fund was established in 2008 to demonstrate innovative ways to reduce the carbon footprint of existing commercial buildings.
The fourth and final round of funding closed on Friday, 24 February 2012. Anvil Capital were the successful applicant to install a sustainable energy system located at 1 King William Street, Adelaide.
The fund offered grants to owners of office buildings and some hotels and shopping centres for initiatives that demonstrated new and leading edge approaches to reducing a building's energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
The fund supported the commercial property sector agreement between the South Australian Government and the Property Council of Australia (South Australian Division) made under South Australia's climate change legislation.
Two streams of funding were offered:
- A capital works stream offered grants for implementing leading edge approaches in retrofitting commercial buildings.
- A feasibility and case study stream provided funding toward feasibility and case studies that demonstrated leading edge approaches to retrofitting commercial buildings.
Refurbishment of an office building with ceramic fuel cells and solar cells
Location: 87-91 Vincent Street, Port Adelaide
Grant amount: $309,000
The project is part of a larger sustainable redevelopment of a boutique office building which seeks to achieve a "no operational carbon" outcome by incorporating onsite renewable energy generation.
The redevelopment of a boutique office building with no operational carbon - presentation - December 2010
Boutique office building - final report
Boutique office building - summary
Boutique office building - presentation
Capital works for a solar facade
Location: 164 Fullarton Road, Dulwich.
Grant amount: $240,000
The project seeks to design and construct a west-facing facade consisting of solar panels and solar glass (translucent PV cells).
Installation of indirect evaporative cooling
Location: 67 Greenhill Road, Wayville
Grant Amount: $160,000
The project will install locally developed indirect evaporative cooling systems into an existing commercial office building and monitor any improvements in indoor environment quality and occupant comfort levels.
Installation of a tri-generation plant in an existing commercial building
Location: 91-97 Grenfell St, Adelaide
Grant Amount: $270,000
The project will install a tri-generation plant, a revised heating plant and hot water coils into the air-conditioning system of an existing commercial office building. The project will demonstrate how to integrate cogeneration technology into older buildings and the energy efficiency improvements and greenhouse gas reductions that can be achieved.
Installation of a sustainable energy system
Location: 1 King William Street, Adelaide
Grant amount: $453,000
The project will install a sustainable energy system, consisting of a tri-generation plant, a contemporarily-designed large scale solar PV installation and a façade protection and insulation system.
The former Telephone Exchange building, 2-8 Franklin Street, Adelaide
The project sought to develop and install a hybrid living wall prototype system suitable for the Adelaide climatic conditions and applicable to both new buildings and existing retrofits. The design criteria for the development of the living wall were based on those identified in the feasibility study. The living wall was officially launched on 14 May 2011.
Its performance was tested and monitored for 12 months.
Green Wall Feasilbility Study
Green Wall Final Report
Green Wall Fact Sheet
ANZ House, 11 Waymouth Street, Adelaide
The project sought to install and monitor several green roof systems and to compare their performance in Adelaide's climate. The project was initially planned for the Darling Building on Franklin Street, however ANZ House on Waymouth Street was identified as a more suitable location.
The installation of the green roof systems was completed in June 2011. Their performance was tested and monitored for 12 months.
Green Roof Final Report
Appendix 1 Thermal characteristics of green roofs
Appendix 2 Stormwater Quality Monitoring
Appendix 3A Energy Evaluation
Appendix 3B Method of Calculation
Green Roof Fact Sheet
Location: Focus on Chesser House, Grenfell St, Adelaide
Grant amount: $20,000
The study identifies and compares various innovative and sustainable concepts applicable to large scale commercial office buildings with a focus on Chesser House on Grenfell Street in Adelaide. The study report outlines a wide range of technologies, from well established approaches to the more innovative solutions which can improve the building's energy and greenhouse gas performance.
Chesser feasibility study - summary
Chesser feasibility study - full report
Chesser House sustainability project - presentation - December 2010
Living wall system feasibility study
Location: City Central Tower 8, 12 - 26 Franklin Street, Adelaide
Grant amount: $27,000
This feasibility study is transferrable to other existing office buildings by identifying the living wall criteria appropriate for Adelaide's climate. The study also provides some insight into the potential for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and investigates design options for multi-storey building facades. The study report is believed to be the most comprehensive resource currently available.
Green wall feasibility study - summary
Green wall feasibility study - full report
City climate change adaptation through living walls and green roofs - presentation - December 2010
Feasibility study into building-integrated photovoltaic options for commercial office building facades
Location: 1 King William Street, Adelaide
Grant Amount: $50,000
The study will investigate building-integrated solar photovoltaic solutions for the purpose of retrofitting existing facades and designing new commercial office buildings.
Thermographic survey and facade improvement analysis feasibility study
Location: 22 King William Street, Adelaide.
Grant amount: $30,000
The project uses thermography to establish energy improvement strategies for existing building façades and will deliver a new methodology for thermographic analysis of building facades.
Thermography feasibility study - summary
Thermography feasibility study - full report
Improving energy performance through thermographic imaging - Presentation - December 2010
Water and Climate Change