Monash University’s Gillies Hall project has won the built environment category at the 17th annual Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards.
Named in honour of political satirist, actor, director and Monash University alumnus Dr Max Gillies AM, Gillies hall is a six level, 150-bed accommodation complex on the university’s Peninsula campus in Frankston.
The project is the first large scale building in the country to achieve Passive House certification and seeks to serve first-class accommodation to students while marking another step towards Monash’s net zero emissions goal. The building is said to have energy and carbon footprint dramatically lower than any similar type of building in Australia.
“Winning the Premier’s Sustainability Award is wonderful recognition of the many years of working with industry to lift the design and construction quality required to deliver healthy, comfortable and sustainable accommodation for our students,” says Bradley Williamson, executive director, buildings and property division, Monash University.
“More importantly, it provides a platform for us to communicate and translate our learnings to the sector, helping to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon, sustainable built environment.”
The project took out the award for the built environment category at the awards ceremony, held on October 10, beating out finalists Gannawarra Shire Council and HIP V. HYPE and Six Degrees Architects’ Nightingale 2.0 development.
“Each year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards continue to discover Victoria’s best and most inspiring Victorian individuals, organisations and businesses who are developing and implementing new sustainable practices,” says Carl Muller, Sustainability Victoria’s interim chief executive.
Other winners included Enable Social Enterprises (Premier’s Recognition Award) for their work training and employing disadvantaged people in a thriving e-waste business and the Finnigan family from Kia Ora property, Warrnambool (Premier’s Regional Recognition Award) a wool producing family farm that runs an ‘ethical, sustainable, profitable’ initiative across its operations.
Feature image: Bradley Williamson, executive director, buildings and property division, Monash University accepting the award from Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio.