13 June 2014

Opus International Consultants (Opus) received a highly commended in the Christchurch Energy Champion section of the 2014 EECA Awards.  Opus has applied a whole-of-life design approach - focused on long-term energy performance, reliability and ongoing maintenance - to some of Christchurch's most high profile ‘anchor' projects.

The Justice and Emergency Services Precinct includes innovative features such as natural ventilation, solar and heat pump water heating, and efficient air conditioning via aquifer water - all of which will drive down energy use and costs. The Avon River Precinct, another anchor project, boasts energy-efficient LEDs and high-tech lighting management, giving the city a high quality asset that will cost less to run and maintain. Working closely with clients to enhance their vision, Opus is also delivering energy-efficient innovations to commercial and education projects across the city - through building design, lighting, heating, cooling, energy management and increased use of renewable energy.

The judges said: "Energy efficiency isn't an add-on, but a fundamental part of the way Opus approaches project design. With several large, high-profile projects underway, it's helping create high-value assets and have a positive long-term impact on the city."

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