In February 2017 the SBRC hosted the first Improving Residential Energy Efficiency (IREE) International 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.
SBRC Senior Lecturer will be a session chair for the upcomming International Conference on Sustainable Buildings
Dr Zhenjun Ma, Senior Lecturer for the SBRC, will be a session chair at the 11th Conference on Advanced Building Skins to be held in Bern, Switzerland from 10-11th October 2016. This international conference attracts 600 participants from over fifty countries to contribute to a multidisciplinary, integrated planning approach by architects, engineers, scientists, manufacturers and the building industry to reduce energy consumption of buildings.
SBRC Team Member Wins Marie Lewis Award
Robyn Dawson has won the prestigious Marie Lewis Award at this year's Vice-Chancellors Awards. Robyn wins this award for her exceptional work as Administration Officer for the SBRC and her outstanding academic record for her studies in a Bachelor of Commerce. Robyn is a a key member the SBRC and a huge part of our ongoing success.
SBRC Student Wins Best Presentation Award at Conference for Research into Temperature Control in Aged Care Facilities
PhD Candidate Federico Tartarini is conducting research into the effects of temperature on dementia patients to determine the most comfortable temperatures for aged care facilities and took out the Best Presentation Award at the recent Emerging Researchers in Ageing Conference in Canberra. Federico presented on his work on environmental quality in residential aged care facilities. Congratulations Federico on this great achievement.
SBRC Delegates Attend International CLIMA Conference
Five delegates from the SRBC team visited Aalborg, Denmark for the 12th REHVA World Congress focused on HVAC system performance in practice. All presented on their research in this area and actively pursued new research interests to bring home and share with the SBRC team.
Research into Water Sprinkler Systems for Bushfire Protection is Underway
PhD student Alan Green is researching effective sprinkler systems for more bushfire-resilient homes. A high-speed camera is used to measure the size and speed of water droplets from four common sprinkler heads used in bushfire water spray systems.
Research at the SBRC Getting to the Source of Energy Efficient Living
SBRC PhD student Su Huang and supervisors Dr Zhenjun Ma and Prof Paul Cooper are studying ground source heat pumps as an innovative way to heat and cool buildings.
Retrofitting Commercial Buildings for Energy Efficiency
On March 26th and 27th the SBRC hosted a short course on Retrofitting Commercial Buildings for Energy Efficiency. Over the two days there were a variety of engaging presentations and workshops by industry and academic professionals.
Delegates enjoyed an interesting and inspiring day and we received excellent feedback. One delegate described the course "Good mix of academic and external industry speakers. Good span of subject material with very comprehensive and RELEVANT topics!!".
The SBRC hosts various short courses throughout the year for professional development. Keep an eye on our Short Course page to find out about future courses.
Illawarra Flame House at the Powerhouse museum
The internationally award winning Illawarra Flame House is on display at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. After winning the Solar Decathlon in China in 2013, Team UOW also went on to win the President's Award at the 2014 Sydney Engineering Excellence Awards.
The Engineering Excellence exhibition is on display from the 12th February 2015 until the 10th January 2016. We encourage you to go and visit our display and see just what the Illawarra Flame and the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre have achieved.
Sustainability Leadership Development Program
In October/November the SBRC was the key venue for a number of workshops run by the Centre for Sustainability Leadership. Their Sustainability Leadership Development Program is aimed at encouraging and supporting committed leaders who are passionate about creating a sustainable future for the Illawarra. Two of our students were enthusiastic participants in this program.
SBRC Open Day
The SBRC opened its doors on Saturday 25th October 2014 for the public to come along and check out what we do! Available on the day were a series of educational presentations along with retrofit experts available to answer questions and offer advice. We hosted a Sustainable Industry Showcase where industry partners were able to showcase new technologies to improve efficiency in the home. In addition the SBRC students displayed their research and guests became involved in our research by participating in our survey. Of course the day wasn't complete without our live entertainment and wide variety of food options!
It was a fun filled day of Sustainable Buildings Inspiration with buildings tours of both the SBRC and the Illawarra Flame House, expert speakers and research displays! The day was a huge success and we look forward to opening our doors again in the future!
PhD Student Massimo Fiorentini Appointed Guest Scholar at IMT- Institute for Advanced Studies
Professor Alberto Bemporad and PhD Student Massimo Fiorentini
SBRC PhD student Massimo Fiorentini recently returned from a visit to IMT- Institute for Advanced Studies in Lucca, Italy in September. While at IMT Massimo was appointed Guest Scholar for a few days and met with Professor Alberto Bemporad, Director of IMT and Dr Daniele Bernardelli, experts in the field of Hybrid MPC.
The two gave Massimo excellent feedback on his research into the application of MPC to building energy management. While there he also met other research students working in similar areas and had some valuable discussions surrounding smart grids energy management and electrical storage management.
Team UOW Wins Engineering Excellence Award
Team UOW wins the Engineers Australia President's Award at the 2014 Engineering Excellence Awards Sydney Division.
Dr Duane Robinson shares with the abc why the sbrc is inspiring inside and out
Dr Robinson shares why the SBRC building is a great place to work
Sustainable buildings research centre officially opens
The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre was officially opened on the 7th August by Senator the Hon Eric Abetz.
Sustainability street a place to call home for flame house
The award-winning Illawarra Flame house will be the first working model of sustainable building practices.
Team uow wins international sustainability award
UOW has taken out top honours at the 2013 International Green Gown Awards for its student-run sustainable home project, the Illawarra Flame, which saw the conversion of the iconic Australian 1960s fibro into a solar-powered, net-zero energy home of the future.
LORD MAYOR’S HONOUR FOR SOLAR DECATHLON TEAM
UOW VICE-CHANCELLOR AND TAFE ILLAWARRA DIRECTOR HOST CELEBRATION OF Team UOW's SUCCESS AT THE SBRC
The University of Wollongong gave its Solar Decathlon-winning Team UOW Australia a “rock star” welcome home from China with a celebration reception at the Innovation Campus on Tuesday 24 September.
Team members emerged individually through a fog screen to enthusiastic applause from guests at the reception, appropriately held in the new Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) which will be the eventual home of the Team UOW Australia’s winning Illawarra Flame house.
Project of SBRC: Team UOW's Illawarra Flame House Wins Solar Decathlon China 2013
Team UOW were the first team from Australia to gain entry into a Solar Decathlon, and took a unique approach to the competition by being the first team in the history of the competition to demonstrate how to retrofit an existing home. In August 2013 Team UOW was awarded first place overall in the SD China 2013 competition, ahead of 19 other teams from around the globe.
SBRC in the News: WIN TV 24.9.13
Lord Mayor Holds Heroes Reception for Team UOW