Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)

What we're about:
Leading the way towards a restorative future

The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre is a 6 Star Green Star- Education Design v1 accredited, multi-disciplinary facility that hosts a wide range of research and industry collaborations to address the challenges of making buildings sustainable. We are pioneering new approaches to retrofitting techniques to create more effective places to live and work. Located at the University of Wollongong's Innovation Campus, this beautiful centre is alive with student research as a Living Laboratory and thrives on collaboration with industry. The building was designed and constructed based on the principles of the Living Building Challenge, pushing the boundaries of sustainable design and construction with hopes to inspire communities throughout Australia to take action on sustainability.

The aim of the SBRC is to research, collaborate, and link with industry to meet the challenge of improving the energy efficiency of our new and existing building stock. The SBRC leads the way in sustainable building research through delivery of advanced retrofit technologies, integrated component testing, skills training and researching the impacts of day to day behaviours of building occupants.

Team UOW Wins Second Place Overall in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018

Team UOW SDME2018 Awards

Team UOW secured second place overall in the Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018, an international design and construction competition that focuses on sustainability. In October/November of 2018, a joint team of 50 staff and students from UOW and TAFE NSW journeyed to Dubai to compete with the Desert Rose House. The Desert Rose is a student-designed and -built house that produces more energy than it uses. The house was designed to support people living with dementia and other age-related conditions.


AIRAH Award Success

Massimo Fiorentini AIRAH award_main

The SBRC is thrilled that two of our members were among the stand-out people, projects and products celebrated at the black-tie AIRAH Awards presentation dinner held at Melbourne’s Central Pier on Thursday, November 15. A huge congratulations goes to Dr Massimo Fiorentini, a Research Fellow, who won the AIRAH Future Leader Award and Clayton McDowell, project manager of Team UOW and a PhD candidate, who won the AIRAH Student of the Year – Higher Education or Research Award.


Built to Perform

Built to Perform Report

The SBRC are very proud to have played a fundamental role in one of the most significant projects in the built environment in recent years. The aim of this project was to provide a solid evidence base from which policy-makers can drive the improvement of energy efficiency of buildings across Australia in the coming decade, and beyond.

The final report of the National Construction Code Trajectories project, titled 'Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code' was released by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC). The SBRC team, led by A/Prof Duane Robinson, together with Professor Paul Cooper, Dr Zhenjun Ma and Dr Laia Ledo carried out all the building energy performance modelling and analysis for the residential building component of the project.

This work has also been acknowledged in the recent Trajectory for Low Energy Buildings Program by the Council of Australian Governments.