Thanks partly to green building certification systems such as Green Star, LEED, and BREEAM, increasing the sustainability of the built environment has become a prominent goal in the corporate, healthcare, and government spheres.
New structures account for the bulk of certifications, though retrofits also offer abundant opportunities for improving building performance.
Museums Victoria has begun a program, in accordance with the Labor Government’s Greener Government Buildings program, that aims to increase the performance of six sites through equipment retrofits. Melbourne Museum, the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, Scienceworks, the Immigration Museum, and the Simcock Avenue storage facilities are being retrofitted to improve their performance. These facilities are strikingly different structures and thus require unique approaches to optimise efficiency.