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Saturday, June 12, 2021

Grant to conserve Shine Dome

University of Canberra (UC) researchers have received over $200,000 in funding to conserve and protect the National Heritage listed Canberra landmark, the Shine Dome.

UC has partnered with the Australian Academy of Science to research and develop an innovative sustainability plan for the renewal and replacement of environmental systems to work towards a net-zero emissions future for the Shine Dome.

“A sustainability plan to guide what is needed to reduce the Shine Dome’s energy and emissions footprint, is not only good for the environment but also reflects the values and work of the Fellows of the Academy who call the Shine Dome home,” Australian Academy of Science Chief Executive, Anna-Maria Arabia said.

“The Shine Dome, Australia’s home of science, was the first building to be listed on the National Heritage List and its preservation and protection is important so it can be enjoyed by future generations.”

Led by the UC Faculty of Arts and Design, The Sustainable Shine Dome project will adopt world-leading strategies and innovative approaches to ensure progressive energy and emissions reductions while protecting and sustainably managing the Shine Dome’s national heritage values.

Following hail damage earlier in the year, UC Associate Professor of Architecture Dr Michael Jasper said the research will also explore strategies for protecting and promoting national heritage values.

“This includes proposing long terms strategies for the building envelope (roof, skylights, glazing) with assumptions to be developed for future weather event scenarios as part of the research.”

As part of the project, the public will have the opportunity to take part in a series of educational activities to improve the awareness of the Shine Dome’s national heritage values.

“UC is very excited to work on this project with the Academy of Science and continue the University’s mission of building just, prosperous and sustainable communities through research and education,” Dr Jasper said.

“The University of Canberra and the Academy are providing significant in-kind support for this project on top of the federal government funding in recognition of the national importance of this work not only to the Shine Dome, but in the context of working together toward a sustainable future for all Australians as consistent with our Civic University mission.”

The funding is part of the Commonwealth Government’s latest round of National Heritage Grants.

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