Sustainability Accreditations

Sustainability Accreditations

The SBRC has engaged in two accreditation processes to inspire the design and construction of the facility. These accreditations drive innovation and seek to achieve sustainability in all aspects of the project.accreditations

Green Star

The Green Star rating system is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating system that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings and communities. Green Star rating tools are available for a range of project types, including offices, schools, hospitals, retail centres, industrial facilities and multi unit residential properties.

The SBRC has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia which represents  'World Leadership' in environmentally sustainable building practices.

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Living Building Challenge 

The Living Building Challenge is an international standard of sustainability encompassing all aspects of a building project. The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was designed and built to meet this high standard and began the 12-month audit process in January 2015 to achieve this certification. After a successful completion, the SBRC will become the first building in Australia to become certified. Find out how the SBRC is meeting the seven performance areas, the seven 'Petals': 

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Find out more about the Living Building Challenge and the Living Futures Institute

Read more about the Living Building Challenge Guidelines


University of Wollongong, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (winner of 2015 Milo Dunphy award for sustainable architecture) from COX Architecture on Vimeo.

Practicing Biophilic Design

The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was created to test and demonstrate technologies that will inspire the green building movement in Australia. Wollongong is on the beautiful New South Wales coast, and the SBRC is situated between a mountain and the sea. Composed of two buildings linked by a landscaped courtyard and bridge, the SBRC demonstrates the practices and research it supports and responds to the climate and coastal breezes. In materiality and design, the SBRC reflects the beauty and resiliency of the Australian coastal landscape and connects occupants with nature, no matter where they are in the buildings.

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Image Credit: John Gollings Photography


Last reviewed: 21 May, 2019