It’s New!!! It’s Big!!! And…It’s Green!!!
I’m Jacqueline Smith the Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Advisor for Queensland.
We’re pretty excited about the fact that we have just opened up a new facility in Brisbane, if you haven’t seen it yet, check out some of the photos here!
It’s a massive facility – 80,000m2. Big enough to assemble 500 tonne mining trucks as well as remanufacture large componentary. It also houses a huge number of staff.
But one of the things we are most excited about is the sustainability and environmental features of the facility.
Trees and Remediation
- So far, we’ve planted 6,565 plants across the site.
- Offsite landscaping, weed removal and the rehabilitation of the Brisbane City Council Creek Corridor has also been conducted.
- That’s about 17,000 square metres of planting during the construction of the 1.1km trunk sewer!
Water and chemicals
- We’re reducing water consumption with our catchment water tanks.
- 270,000 litres can be harvested from our roof water.
- We reuse this water for landscaping, wash bays and flushing!
- There’s capacity to detain 642,000 litres of onsite stormwater.
- We minimise external site run off to existing rural slow, which reduces the risk of inundation downstream.
- There’s a 350 square metre bio retention system, its supplemented by gross pollutant traps which improves stormwater quality discharges from the site for both sediments and nutrients.
- An oil/water solid separator removes free floating hydrocarbons like oil, diesel and hydraulic fluid as well as suspended solids from waste water.
- This facility has moved away from the blasting methods for stripping paint off of metal components and has installed soda blast cabinets and a soda strip room.
- The systems use bi-carb soda to “safely” strip paint.
- The most beneficial element of soda blasting is that it’s completely inert and water soluble. It’s fast and thorough and doesn’t cause damage to the substrate!
- Parts washers are used throughout the workshop to assist washing large part components.
- These use water and a low hazard cleaning chemical to wash the parts, unlike previous methods involving harmful chemicals.
- The paint booth in the assembly is state of the art and fully enclosed ensuring low atmospheric air emissions from our painting processes.
- Within the workshops we have incorporated fixed and operable louver systems to roofs and wall to maximise natural ventilation.
- Translucent roof sheeting (skylights) have been installed throughout both workshops.
- We still haven’t had to switch on a light during daylight hours!
- Lighting throughout the workshop and office is zoned lighting.
- Lighting is activated when movement is detected and only gives an output as required with consideration to already present external sources of light.
- The walls, floors and ceilings throughout the site are insulated which will improve thermal efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
- Insulation saves 45-55% of heating and cooling energy costs.
- Hitachi have started a recycling program which incorporate the use of “container only” bins, “paper and cardboard only” skips and recycling bins within all four lunch rooms.
- We have even thought about the type of paper we use at the site and opted for carbon neutral paper.
Now, we are looking at ways in to incorporate some of these initiatives into our designs for future construction projects as well improve some of our existing practices.
We hope this gives you an insight to our commitment to sustainability and the environment.
OHSE Advisor – QLD