When the classroom becomes the educational tool
Posted: 12 August 2019
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CIBSE YEN in Auckland organised a building tour of AUT WZ to showcase the built environment of a modern university to the young engineers in the industry.
The tour was presented by Warren Smith - Associate Director of Building Services at AUT and Akshat Malhotra - Mechanical Engineer at Beca.
The building tour was a great learning experience into the purpose of the building. The display of various building elements, including building services in its true form is to educate the students and users about the built environment. There are study spaces adjacent to a glazed plantroom for the students to visualise the operation of plant and machinery. Interactive building management system screens, exposed services, architecture and structural connections are showcased for the students to put their theory into reality.
The building also incorporates a few sustainability features such as the light wells, solar fins on the external facades ensure visible light is let into the building but exclude heat from the afternoon sun, which reduces the load on the air conditioning systems. LED lighting systems with occupancy sensors ensure rooms and spaces are only lit when necessary. The incorporation of these features portrayed AUT's drive to building low energy use university buildings.
The building tour was well received with around 20 participants from various organisations in Auckland. The tour was followed up with networking and nibbles.
A video about the WZ Building has been created by Auckland University of Technology:
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