We're very excited to announce that as part of our Library Revitalisation Project, stage one of air conditioning is now installed in our beloved Bloxsidge Centre. This is part of Component 2, Stage 2 of our Masterplan, that has seen modern and innovative advancements to the College campus, facilities and environment.
Principal Graham Meertens has shared how St Augustine's College is investigating implementing an air conditioning plan with the following considerations being at the forefront of planning:
Under the Pope Francis Laudato Si project, we as Catholics need to consider the damaging effects of fossil fuel usage and the alteration it has on our global community.
Seek to investigate further our energy usage to minimise wastage that will address our Laudato Si commitment and reduce energy costs.
Use of energy saving devices such LED lighting and possible more solar panel additions.
Investing in appropriate plant life that will shade classrooms from direct sunlight.
Purchasing air conditioning products that are sustainable, energy efficient and provide healthy air to staff and students.
Ensuring power infrastructure is adequate to prevent damage to existing facilities and possible brown outs which does occur in other schools.
It is with pride our College has been considerate and given due attention to the Pope vision of Laudato Si with half the lighting changed to LED lights in 2019 and the entire school to complete by 2021. Energy efficient air conditioning has been implemented to conserve energy and monitor carbon dioxide levels. Additional solar panels have been added on the Senior Years Hub roof and a landscape architect has been acquired to increase our green life, including many trees planted on the oval to reduce solar heat gain.
Although not every classroom is air conditioned, our Leadership Team have refined a "Hot Weather Procedure" to ensure every student will be exposed to some air conditioning during extremely hot days. Large shaded areas with large fans such as Giramee are opened with supervision during lunch with our ovals closed. We are also anticipating the introduction of more outdoor learning spaces which will provide comfort and a unique learning experience for students.