Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, University of Wollongong

Location Wollongong, NSW, Australia
Services Sustainable design
Sector Education
Client University of Wollongong
Architect Cox Richardson
Imagery © Richard Glover/Matt Estherby

Hannah Morton

T +61 2 8424 7000

The University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) is designed to be a living laboratory. The centre will test a range of existing sustainable building technologies, whilst researching and developing new products in conjunction with industry partners. 

As well as targeting a 6 Star Green Star Design rating, the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre is on track to be the first Australian building to be certified by the Living Building Challenge, one of the world’s most advanced measures of sustainability in the built environment.  It will produce all its own power on-site from renewable sources, be water neutral, use local resources and eliminate the 14 most common toxic chemicals found in buildings (known as the Red List).

The project comprises a 900 metre square testing facility along with a two-storey office and training wing for researchers, industry collaborators and administrative staff. The testing facility is fully naturally ventilated. It is primarily constructed from re-used bricks that have been locally sourced and heavily insulated to achieve thermal comfort.

All construction embodied energy will be offset using a carbon fund, while operational energy will be generated using a range of photovoltaic technologies, geothermal and wind energy to achieve zero net energy.

For more information regarding the project click here.

  • Masters Builders Australia (MBA) Awards (2013), Telstra Environment and Energy Efficiency Building Award, Winner
  • NSW Architecture Awards (2015), Sustainable Architecture, Milo Dunphy Award, Winner

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