Architect Cox Richardson
Area 2000 SQM
Client University of Wollongong
Award Shortlisted 2015 Australian Architecture Awards
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The University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre is a beacon for urban renewal as Wollongong transforms from an industrial city to a services-led economy. Medland Metropolis provided the construction administration for this purpose built education facility offering 2000sqm NLA. The building is a net zero energy building with full 6 star green star and Living Building Challenge design.

The facilities include a large scale integrated component testing Lab, electrical power quality renewable generation and storage lab. Water sustainability lab, thermal analysis and simulation lab, roof top testing tab, building performance and monitoring lab, sustainability training hall and a collaborative partner space.

As a Living Laboratory, the SBRC provides a demonstration space for display of sustainable building technologies and components that will be of benefit to the sustainable buildings industry.

The building services comprise a range of innovative sustainability features including highly efficient mixed mode mechanical system with a ground source heat exchanger and in-floor hydronic heating/cooling; on-site rain water harvesting and treatment with a 65,000 litre rainwater tank. 32 automatically controlled ventilation zones with manual over ride; highly efficient LED lighting and lighting control system with daylight harvesting and extensive monitoring and building control system.

Medland Metropolis implemented the design throughout the construction of the building ensuring that the original design was properly implemented, tackling buildability issues for a successful outcome.