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Monday, 9 November 2015
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Department of Human Services: Offices Efficiency Upgrades

(Question No. 931)

Mr Conroy asked the Minister for Human Services, in writing, on 17 August 2015:

In respect of the Minister's departmental office(s), has the building(s) received energy efficiency upgrades; if so, (a) when, and (b) how has this upgrade affected (i) average energy use, and (ii) average energy cost.

Mr Robert: The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(a) The Department of Human Services (DHS) is committed to its obligations under the Energy Efficiency in Government Operations policy and has an ongoing programme of introducing energy efficiency measures when undertaking building fitouts and refurbishments. This includes upgrading lighting and air conditioning systems as well as introducing other energy efficiency initiatives such as installing window shading, insulation, motion sensors in meeting rooms and double glazed windows. Over the past eighteen months DHS has also undertaken a Halogen Light Upgrade Project for fifteen sites. Halogen downlights in each of the sites were replaced with more efficient LED lighting.

(b) This information is not available for the ongoing programme of energy efficiency measures. In respect to the Halogen Light Upgrade Project, it will take eighteen months to gather sufficient data to report on the energy and costs related to this project.