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Anglesea brigade going green
Anglesea Fire Brigade is settling into its new home ahead of the official opening of the state’s most environmentally-friendly fire station.
The passionate brigade members have seen the concept they came up with in 2007 become a reality over the past 12 months.
Brigade Captain Andy Rankin said members had worked tirelessly, dedicating many hours organising and attending meetings to ensure the community, business associations, CFA and government are aware of their vision and on board with the project.
“The entire project to date has successfully been driven by the dedication and hard work of the whole Anglesea Fire Brigade.
“There is no known project of this size and nature attempted before by a volunteer fire brigade,” he said.
The Anglesea community raised $450,000, the Anglesea and Winchelsea Community Bank contributed $100,000, CFA $350,000 and the state government $1 million.
Andy said part of the community’s contribution came from the sale of bricks that became part of the station.
“Members of the public purchased a brick, which they had the option of engraving with a personal message. It was a chance for people to be part of the station’s history and is a great feature of the new building,” he said.
The state-of-the-art Anglesea Fire Station will be among Australia’s first zero net emissions fire station with the redevelopment to involve a range of water and energy-saving features.
“We have on-site electricity generation with a wind turbine and solar PV cells which could generate all the electricity requirement for the building,” Andy said.
“Water tanks harvest rainwater and are treated onsite to drinking standards by UV sanitising and filtration. The tank water will also be used for toilet flushing, cleaning and training purposes, effectively running the whole station.”
CFA’s Manager Environmental Sustainability Darlene Pentland said an energy management system would also monitor the energy efficiency of the building.
“It will measure incoming electricity from the grid and energy generated from the solar panels and the wind turbine,” she said.
“The system will also calculate the carbon footprint associated with energy use within the building. All information will be displayed in ‘real-time’ on a screen mounted in the foyer – providing a learning tool for brigade members and community users of the facility.
“This is a very exciting initiative. It’s the first time a tool like this has been installed in any CFA building and is testament to the vision of the local brigade members,” Ms Pentland said.
“The energy management system will deliver ongoing evidence to CFA of the environmental and financial benefits of installing solar panels on fire stations.”
Other environmentally friendly features include:
- Energy efficient lighting – T5 fluorescent tubes, LED down lights and ‘exit’ signs and solar car park lighting
- Building design that takes advantage of natural light, north facing windows allow natural light into entrance foyer/hallway, and PPE stowage room.
- Windows can be opened to allow passive cooling and venting of the building
- Double glazed windows with manually operated solar block-out awnings
- ‘Sustainable’ timber used throughout the structure – either sourced from renewable plantation grown timber, or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) or Australian Forest Standards (AFS) certified wood
- Modwood ‘timber’ boards used for screens and external seating - Modwood is a durable product made from recycled wood and plastic).
- Reclaimed (Messmate) timber used as floor boards in foyer and on feature walls.
- Roof, walls and floors insulated with certified ‘green’ insulation. Environmentally certified flooring – carpets and vinyl – used throughout.
- Low VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints and finishes used.