EFIC's operations 

 EFIC's operations 

EFIC’s operations: environmental performance

Section 516A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (‘EPBC Act’) requires Commonwealth agencies, including EFIC, to report on: 

  1. how they accord with, and contribute to, ecologically sustainable development and 
  2. their environmental performance. 

EFIC’s broad approach to corporate responsibility, including our approach to ecologically sustainable development, is explained in the corporate responsibility section and in the 2010 EFIC Annual Report.

This page sets out EFIC’s response to the second reporting requirement of section 516A of the EPBC Act: the environmental performance of EFIC’s operations.

EFIC operates from Export House, which is located at 22 Pitt Street, Sydney NSW. EFIC owns Export House and occupies three floors of the building; the remaining seven floors are let to tenants.

In managing our environmental performance, EFIC endeavours to minimise the building’s environmental footprint.

Financial year 2009-10

The table below summarises the available information on EFIC’s energy use,  water use, wastewater generation, solid waste generation and business travel in the 2009-10 financial year.


Financial year 2009-10

Energy use


Electricity, MJ/m2/year:

- EFIC occupancy

- Buidling services, EFIC's share


975Note 1

571Note 2

Green energy, MJ


Gas, MJ


Water and waste water


- Water kilolitres/year

- Sewage kilolitres/year

5,293Note 3

3,414Note 3

Solid waste

Not availableNote 4

Business travel by EFIC employees

- Total domestic

- Total international


0.67 million km

2.13 million km

Notes to the table:

  1. This figure represents EFIC’s energy use only, that is, energy consumed on the three floors it occupies. It includes EFIC’s computer facilities which, like all computer services, have a high energy demand.
  2. Building services are common facilities for all floors of Export House and include lighting to common areas, lifts and air conditioning.
  3. The water and wastewater figures represent total usage by Export House. It is not possible to separate figures for water use and wastewater generation by floor or by tenancy.
  4. Data on the generation of waste cannot be calculated with the existing building design and current waste contract.

Planned renovations to EFIC’s premises

Starting in early 2011, EFIC will undertake renovations to the floors it occupies at Export House. The renovations are expected to take around 18 months. 

The renovations are designed using sustainable design initiatives to minimise the demand for energy, water and materials and to enhance the indoor working environment.  The data above for the 2009-2010 financial year will be used as a base against which EFIC will measure the improvement in environmental performance resulting from the renovations.

Planned sustainable initiatives include:

  • More efficient air conditioning and lighting to reduce energy use (and associated greenhouse gas emissions). The energy performance of the fitout has been modelled using the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) methodology.  Lighting is also designed to minimise eye strain and headaches from flicker.
  • Air conditioning systems will use zero ozone depletion potential refrigerants.
  • Each floor will have user-controlled lighting zones to save energy by enabling only those areas in use to be lit.
  • All bathrooms and kitchens will have efficient water fixtures including low flow basins, showers and toilets and 5A-rated dishwashers.
  • During the fitout, over 80% of the construction waste (by weight) will be re-used or recycled.
  • A waste management plan will be implemented to improve recycling rates.
  • Indoor pollutants will be minimised by selecting paints, carpets, sealants and furniture with low levels of volatile organic compounds, which can have adverse health effects such as eye, nose and skin irritation, headaches and lethargy. 
  • Indoor plants will be situated on each floor to assist air pollutant removal and further improve indoor air quality.
  • Bicycle storage, lockers and showers will be provided to encourage building occupants to cycle to work. 
  • Systems will be installed to monitor energy and water use and waste generation and assess performance against targets.