The ‘SuniPod’ Education Facility

Sunraysia Institute of TAFE (‘SuniTafe’) is the largest provider of vocational training in north-west Victoria. As a major component of the Sustainability at SuniTafe Project, the SuniPod building will play a critical role in building awareness of sustainable technologies and practices within the region.

Constructed at the Swan Hill Campus, the SuniPod is a unique portable building designed by Brent McKnight Drafting Services of Kerang. The SuniPod is a demountable dwelling that aims to achieve a 7.0 star thermal efficiency rating.

Through collaboration with SuniTafe and design consultant Josh Bray of Brent McKnight Drafting Services, Fletcher Insulation’s Specification Advisory team were able to specify and supply insulation products to satisfy the desired energy efficiency rating of 7.0 stars.

Fletcher Insulation Products:
ProductApplication
R1.3 Permastop® Building BlanketRoof
R5.0 Pink Batts®Ceiling
R2.5 Pink Batts® HDWalls
Pink® Floor Batts R2.5 HDFloors
Environmental Benefits:

Fletcher Insulation’s range of glasswool insulation products provide significant benefits to the environment. By adopting the proven performance of glasswool insulation, you can be sure that the energy savings that are expected will be achieved, and by using less energy our buildings will reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Fletcher Insulation glasswool is made using superior clean technology which represents a new era in green manufacturing. In addition, rainwater is captured and used in our manufacturing process and is then recycled. Our raw materials consist of approximately 80% recycled glass – much of which cannot be used in other processes and would otherwise go into landfill. Our plants are committed to operating in an environmentally sustainable fashion and have received accreditation to the environmental standard ISO 14000. Fletcher Insulation glasswool products have been recognised by Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) as being at the forefront in the area of sustainability. All Fletcher Insulation glasswool and reflective foil products meet the GreenStar insulant ODP emissions credit requirement are low in VOC and safe to use in recommended applications.

The Result:

SuniPod, located at the Tower Hill Eco Demonstration Centre in Swan Hill, Victoria, will remain within TAFE college grounds as a display unit open to the general public. The building will also be used for apprentice and teacher education. The facility will be a fantastic demonstration of green building practices aimed at building a sustainable future.

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