Shaping the future: UOW’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

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Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong 



University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Building Research Centre. Landscape designed by Taylor Brammer Landscape Architects


The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) is a multi-disciplinary facility that hosts a wide range of research and industry collaborations to address the challenges of making buildings sustainable. Current research is pioneering new approaches to retrofitting techniques to create more effective places to live and work.

The SBRC team’s mission is to improve the economic, social and environmental performance of buildings and the built environment, and is focused on improving the performance of existing buildings by developing, applying and evaluating advanced building retrofit technologies and systems.

The building itself is an ultra-sustainable and world-class facility that is the flagship of its own research, training and demonstration activities.


External Design

External design that utilises predominantly recycled materials and plants of the neighbouring Puckys Estate remnant bushland.

Externally, the landscape plays an integral part in the ecological goals of the SBRC by using predominantly recycled materials, implementing forward thinking Water Sensitive Urban Design principles and provides for future food production testing grounds. This educational resource is aligned with the activities of the greater campus and contributes to the ecological value of the site in relation to the adjacent protected remnant bushland.

In collaboration with industry and academic leaders from around the globe, the SBRC is developing new products and systems that will not only improve the energy efficiency and sustainability of our buildings today, but which will improve the landscape of the built environment to improve the climate, economic and drive social change in the future.

Based on the principles of the Living Building Challenge™, the SBRC has pushed the boundaries of sustainable design and construction. Leading by example, the SBRC hopes to inspire communities throughout Australia to take action on sustainability.


SBRC pushing the boundaries of design and construction





200+ sunny days with an average annual rainfall of 1000mm



• 2600m2 of office and laboratory spaces

• 360m2 of roof-top testing space

• 1700m2 of external breakout space



50 research staff, students and industry partners



• Advanced Energy, Water, Thermofluid, Ambient and Building Elements testing laboratories

• Sustainability exhibition and learning spaces



• The first certified Living Building in Australia under the International Living Building Challenge™ Program

• The first 6 Star Green Star design rated building in the Illawarra

• Ultra-low energy consumption of less than 60kWh/m2


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