Dunedin Airport wins environmental award

Dunedin International Airport
Dunedin International Airport
Dunedin Airport was running hot at the 2008 New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards held at Te Papa, Wellington, last night, winning an award for its environmentally-friendly heating system.

The airport won the electrical and systems award for its groundwater heat pump system, which reduced heating costs and created a better environment for staff and visitors.

A wide temperature range, from -9degC in winter to 25degC in summer, presented the engineering team from MWH with a difficult challenge, the judges said.

"The project team developed a thorough understanding of local climate along with the building's energy use and were able to tailor the building heat control system to [be] warm in winter and cool in summer," category awards convener David Elms said.

The fourth New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards are the major awards for New Zealand engineering professionals.


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