Buildings have major economic, environmental and social impacts on our community and the planet. The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) is a multi-disciplinary facility that brings together a wide range of researchers to holistically address the challenges of making our buildings sustainable and effective places in which to live and work.

The building itself is making a difference:

  • It produces more power than it consumes;
  • It will harvest and distribute water beyond its own needs;
  • It has natural ventilation design with task based, passive conditioning using various methods (including ground source heating and cooling, solar walls, earth to air heat exchanger);
  • It has an integrated power grid capable of simultaneous testing of multiple renewable energy generation sources and storage systems;
  • It includes a fully integrated Green IT building management system and is wired to measure and report on all aspects of sustainability (including workgroup power consumption, water use, printing statistics);
  • It has a grey water separation and natural treatment system which will enable export of grey water to nearby buildings;
  • It includes permaculture and Australian native food gardens across the SBRC site

To take a tour of this world-leading facility or learn more about its environmental impacts. And don’t miss the Illawarra Flame House, an award winning, net-zero energy demonstration home created by University of Wollongong and TAFE Illawarra students.

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Living Building Status Formally Awarded

University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was formally recognised as a Living Building last week. Industry partners, project teams and academic staff came together to celebrate the achievement with SBRC’s director Paul Cooper accepting a plaque from the Living Future Institute of Australia’s CEO Laura Hamilton-O’Hara. SBRC is the first building in Australia to obtain Living Building certification.


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