Wollongong University wins prestigious sustainability award

Wollongong's Sustainable Buildings Research Centre has been recognised for its innovation in sustainable building.

The University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre has come out on top in the sustainability stakes.

Successfully leading by example, last month the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was announced the winner of the National Environment and Energy Efficiency Commercial Building Award in the Master Builders National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards.

The accolade recognises the Centre’s innovative and sustainable design and its construction by building contractor, Baulderstone (now Lend Lease). According to the Awards, the University of Wollongong is “leading by example in sustainable building” with its Sustainable Buildings Research Centre.

The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre also won the Energy & Resource Efficiency Award and Tertiary Building Award ($10m-20m) in the Master Builders Association of NSW’s 2013 MBA Excellence in Construction Awards.

“The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was designed to push the envelope of sustainable design,” said Lance Jeffery, Project Manager of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre.

“The end result is the outcome of a terrific team effort between the University and our architects, builders and consultants. We are very proud the Master Builders has recognised the contribution our Centre makes to a more sustainable environment.”

Designed by Cox Richardson Architects and located within the University of Wollongong’s award-winning Innovation Campus business and research precinct, the 2600 sqm building features a number of innovative sustainability solutions, including solar panels, onsite rainwater harvesting, a highly efficient onsite generator, recycled materials, a rooftop garden, and an H-shaped floorplate designed to optimise ventilation, natural light and the use of thermal mass.

The Innovation Campus is no stranger to infrastructure awards, also being named Australia’s Best Business & Industrial Park in the 2011 Property Council of Australia Innovation & Excellence Awards, while its 10,000 sqm Enterprise 1 commercial building was also a finalist for Best Office Development in the 2013 Innovation & Excellence Awards.

The Centre is targeting Illawara’s first 6 Green Star design rating and aims to be Australia’s first ‘living building’ under the international Living Building Challenge program. The Centre will officially be opening in 2014, and will specialise in sustainable building research in Australia and deliver advanced retrofit technologies, integrated component testing and skills training.