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!

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!

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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.

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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.

Briefing Paper 

Speaker Presentations Now Available

For further information on the Low Carbon Living CRC

Improving Residential Energy Efficiency (IREE) Conference

It is with great pleasure that we were able to facilitate the inaugural international conference on Improving Residential Energy Efficiency (IREE). This conference brought together researchers and practitioners from a wide range of disciplines, government organisations and industry partners who are active in all aspects of energy efficiency for residential buildings. 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.
IREE 2017 was held at the University of Wollongong, Australia, 16-17 February 2017 and was brought to you by the Group of Energy Efficiency Researchers (GEER) Australia, the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), with support from the Australian Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation and Science. 


SBRC Public Exhibition

The SBRC enjoys showcasing the research of our staff and students to our community. 

The SBRC hosts public open days and community tours to educate the community on our important work in sustainability. We showcase our research equipment as well as our industry partners and researchers who are available to tell visitors all about many of the exciting projects taking place across the Illawarra. This includes tours of the Illawarra Flame House and more recently exposure to the new Desert Rose House, our award winning entries into the Solar Decathlon!

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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: 8 May, 2019