Sustainable House Day

The SBRC will be open to the public during the annual Sustainable House Day held Australia-wide September 15th 2019, 10am - 2pm.


Find out more about Sustainable House Day and other exciting sustainable venues open on the day!

National Forum: Low Carbon Homes for Low Income Households

Low income families throughout Australia often live in homes that have poor energy efficiency and thermal comfort, with the potential to lead to significant health impacts. Combined with the exponential rise in national energy prices, low income and vulnerable residents often report having to choose between paying for fuel and purchasing essential items like food or medication.

Kellie Caught, Senior Advisor at the Australian Council of Social Service, and Dr Matthew Soeberg, Manager Sustainable Homes, Sustainability Victoria delivered the keynote addresses at this National Forum, which was presented by the CRCLCL Research Node of Excellence at the University of Wollongong. This National Forum seeks to generate a better understanding of the energy-related challenges faced by low income households in our community and how to provide them with affordable, energy efficient homes.


Key Note Presentation 1: Low Carbon Homes - Improve Affordability, Resilience & Wellbeing

                                        Kellie Caught, Senior Advisor, Australian Council of Social Services (ACOSS)

Panel Session A: Energy-related Challenges, Experiences and Perceptions of Low Income Households

Key Note Presentation 2: The Victorian Healthy Homes Program

                                        Dr Matthew Soeberg, Manager, Sustainable Homes, Sustainability Victoria

Panel Session B: Implementing Low Carbon Homes for Low Income Households

Speaker presentations now available 


For further information on the Low Carbon Living CRC

IREE Conference

IREE for website

In February 2017 the SBRC hosted the first Improving Residential Energy Efficiency Conference at the Innovation Campus. This conference brought together researchers, building designers, housing providers, energy utilities and policy makers to share the latest research and practice, and to look at practical ways to bring about the widespread adoption of energy efficient housing. It was the first conference in Australia to focus specifically on improving energy efficiency in the home and looked at the influence of government policy, technologies and occupant practice. 

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Stay in the Illawarra Flame House

Your chance to stay in one of the most sustainable houses in the world!

The multi-award-winning Team UOW lllawarra Flame House is now available to you for short term stays.

The lllawarra Flame is located within the 'UOW Sustainability Street', a new sustainability precinct located immediately adjacent to the 6 Star Green Star- Education Design v1 accredited Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. A stay in the house should appeal to anyone who would like to experience a state-of-the-art net-zero energy retrofitted home, while also taking part in our Living Laboratory research program! The research aims to understand how ordinary people use advanced buildings like the lllawarra Flame in real life- now that should be fun!

 MORE INFORMATION>>                                    IFH WEBSITE>>

SBRC Public Open Day

The SBRC hosts an annual Public Open Day to showcase the research of our staff and students. 

The SBRC hosted it's 3rd annual Public Open Day in the second half of 2016. We showcased our research equipment as well as our industry partners and researchers who were available to tell you all about many of the exciting projects taking place across the Illawarra. A panel of experts were on site to provide free advice on building or retrofitting your home plus a number of industry partners on display. The Illawarra Flame House was also once again open however a highlight was UOW's newest Solar Decathlon entry, the Desert Rose House!

We had a very successful Open Day in November 2015 as shown below:

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Public Exhibition Space

The main entrance foyer of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre is our public exhibition space. This space is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and all are welcome.

This space displays the key facts about the SBRC and the Illawarra Flame House. Various research prototypes and project posters are on display as well as our interactive digital signage.


Self-Guided Tour

Self-guided tours of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre are free to be taken at your leisure. This informative tour is a great way to find out all about the SBRC building and some of the exciting research we are doing.

We encourage everyone to visit our building and take the tour. 

Follow our Self-guided TourDownload Guide Here 

School Groups

The SBRC welcomes school groups for tours and sustainable school workshops!

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If you are interested and want to find out more please contact the Science Centre & Planetarium

The University of Wollongong is a proud supporter of STEM Education 

We are committed to collaborating with local schools and industry on STEM Education programs and encouraging future generations of Australians to combine their passions with STEM skills, so that no matter their particular leaning — as a humanitarian, environmentalist, artist or innovator — they are equipped with the tools and knowledge to create a better world.


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Last reviewed: 15 March, 2019