PICAC, a vocational training organisation for the plumbing industry, sets a bold vision that embodies innovation and sustainability and their facility in Narre Warren, Vic is the first Net Zero Energy (NZE) education and research facility in Victoria, Australia.

The facility has been designed to utilise the very latest technological advances in water reticulation, heating and cooling systems, training delivery, safety, new product innovation and sustainability practices.

The project utilised the building’s own foundation screw piling to source geothermal energy for the facility’s heating and cooling requirements. The combination of 220 geothermal energy wells and the rooftop solar makes this a groundbreaking project, showcasing how buildings are part of the solution to the challenges of climate change.

We congratulate PICAC, Deakin UniversityGeoExchange AustraliaGeothermal IndustriesFMSA ArchitectureHutchinson BuildersIAPMOCooke & Dowsett Plumbing Group and SKOTT Consulting for helping turn PICAC’s vision into reality.

Read more about the project here: PICAC

For our People and Culture team the Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award recognises and celebrates NDY’s continued efforts to embed initiatives, policies and practices that embrace and foster truly inclusive levels of representation.

It recognises our strong commitment to achieving gender equality by increasing female representation in leadership and technical roles and reducing the gender pay gap, striving towards reconciliation and supporting our LGBTIQ+ staff and colleagues for the benefit of both NDY and society more broadly.

NDY would like to extend thanks to our Diversity & Inclusion Committee for their tremendous efforts over the past 12 months in furthering this important aspect of our global strategy.

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