New UTS building resets sustainability standards for educational institutes

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The new Faculty of Science and Graduate School of Health building, part of the University of Technology Sydney’s billion-dollar city campus master plan, has won a 6 Star Green Star Design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).

The building features advanced health and science labs, learning technologies and state-of-the art sustainability solutions. It is also only the second university building in NSW and ninth in Australia to achieve the six-star Green Star Design rating. The building was officially opened during a special event organised on Monday 27 April.

“Notable in the building’s sustainable design is a ‘green roof’ providing recreational space, insulation, improved air quality, plant and animal habitat and the ability to filter and clean storm water run-off,” Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said. “Other features include daylight architecturally fed through the building to subterranean spaces, high performance insulating glazing and water bottle refill stations located on each floor.”

Spanning eight occupied levels, including three below ground, and with a gross building area of 13,800 metre square, the building has a capacity to accommodate up to 900 students and 300 staff.

Two most notable design features include, the building façade which has been inspired by the organic forms of a tree grove, and a wide concrete stairway connecting Level 2 to 7 is the building’s main artery, with a light-well created by a skylight on the roof above the spiral stairway.

Some of the sustainable design features of the building include:

  • High performance glazing such as insulated double-glazing with low emissivity coating to reduce heat transfer.
  • Building cladding made from over 75 percent recycled glass.
  • Energy efficient building services such as air handling units and fan coil units, with Carbon Dioxide and Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) sensors, timers & individual controls.
  • Thermal labyrinth around the Library Retrieval System cools fresh air for supply to basement plant room, reducing running costs.
  • Roof-top solar hot water technology.
  • Energy efficient LED & T5 lighting.
  • Water efficient fixtures e.g. toilets, hand basin taps, waterless urinals.
  • Rainwater capture, treatment & re-use to supply the building’s toilets, green roof and landscaping.

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