Council through the Eco Design Advisor (EDA) provides a free service to any resident in Hamilton to provide advice to help people improve the thermal performance of their building. The EDA also consults on water, waste and toxicity issues in buildings. The secondary role is to provide education to the general public and industry through workshops on any of these topics:
- Energy reduction
- Thermo performance of homes
- Water, wastewater and stormwater
- Waste reduction
- Health and toxicity
- Waste construction and toxicity
- Green technologies
| ||The increasing use of e-Resources at the Libraries reduces the carbon cost and environmental impact of physical book production, distribution and disposal.|
Implementation of the Energy Management plan which aims to achieve a 10% reduction in energy consumption within three years.
In the last three years the Garden Place Carpark and Garden Place Library achieved total energy reductions of 45% and 35% respectively. In the first quarter of FY17 energy use at the Museum has fallen 26% with this expected to improve further when new chillers are installed in March 2017. Overall energy use across Council's top sixteen sites has fallen by 10% compared to our base year July 2011 to June 2012.
- Implementation of change to reduce Waterworld pool hall fan speed to reduce energy consumption.
- Implementation of the Lighting Strategy to replace existing lights with energy efficient equivalents (LED lighting) through Council owned buildings.
- The installation of a new air quality system with variable fan controls in the underground car park to reduce unnecessary energy use.
- The Municipal offices pump speeds reduced to half flow, reducing pump power by 80% outside of normal offices hours.
- Museum Fan Control and Building Management System Upgrade (BMS) to manage use of time controlled air conditioning.
- The Museum Chillers will be replaced with an air cooling unit in March 2017. It is more efficient, no longer requires R22 coolant and it is a smarter, more adaptable system which should reduce existing chiller use by one third.
- Use of a chiller unit for cooling the Central Library during summer as a more cost efficient means of cooling.
- Air-conditioning units are activated by time clock settings that coincide with individual sites operating hours to ensure air-conditioning units are not running unnecessarily. Temperatures are adjusted in accordance with season.
- Reduce Energy Use through use of variable speed drives (VSD's) on plant.
- Quick-dry, energy-efficient sensor hand dryers to replace roller towels and old-technology hand dryers.
|Transport||Partner with NZTA to align major roads, such as Hamilton Ring Road and Waikato Expressway, with city developments and infrastructure to ensure they are designed to efficiently manage road traffic and minimise environmental impact.|
| ||GPS in Council fleet cars to encourage assist with fuel economy and emissions.|
|Land Use||All burial plots dug to depth to allow two casket burials and four ash interments to encourage more efficient usage of available land.|
|Biodiversity||At Hamilton Gardens all maintenance yard food scraps are composted in the Sustainable Garden worm bin. Kitchen waste from local restaurants is used in the Sustainable Garden and shredded paper is used in the chicken coop and then used as garden mulch.|
|Water||The District Plan promotes efficient use of water through rules which require the incorporation of water efficient measures such as low flow fittings for new developments and the use of non-potable water. |
| ||Application of water restrictions Level 1 – 4 to manage water consumption and educate the public on water use.|
| ||Mains Renewal Programme to maintain the infrastructure in good condition and mitigate potential water losses in the network.|
| ||Upgrade of the bore water system to a more sustainable option to provide irrigation for the cemetery.|
| ||Improve our service plans, to reduce the number of blockages in the wastewater and stormwater network caused by third party damage.|
| ||Implementation of the Water Loss Programme across the water network to understand and manage network losses. |
| ||Water conservation measures in place for Turf Services at H3 sites- irrigation reduction and warm season grass type usage.|
| ||Manage storm water and ponds on the Zoo site, including monitoring programme of nutrient and microbial contamination of Zoo ponds.|