The SBRC Building

An Innovative Building Using The Natural Resources On Site

Based on optimised passive design principles, natural ventilation and careful equipment selection, the SBRC is an ultra-low energy building.

SBRC produces more energy each year than it consumes by using a number of renewable on-site generation technologies including solar and a variety of storage systems.

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Key Building Features

SBRC building features

The SBRC Building Story

Browse the details of our building including the site history, building project timeline, building features and performance data, research themes, and more at our digital display website, which is also on permanent display in our building foyer.

SBRC Cumulative Energy Performance

 Cumulative Energy Data 2018  

SBRC Nominal Energy Use

SBRC Energy Use Breakdown


SBRC Source of Energy for Loads

SBRC Source of Energy Loads

SBRC Local Generation Utilisation

SBRC Local Generation Utilisation

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Key Performance Targets

  • Net zero energy. SBRC produces more power than it consumes.
  • Water exporter. SBRC harvests and distributes water beyond its own needs.
  • Natural ventilation. Natural Ventilation design with task based, passive conditioning using various methods (including ground source heating and cooling, solar walls, earth to air heat exchanger).
  • Building integrated smart-grid. Integrated power grid capable of simultaneous testing of multiple renewable energy generation sources and storage systems.
  • Fully integrated Green IT building management system. SBRC is wired to measure and report on all aspects of sustainability (including workgroup power consumption, water use, printing statistics).
  • Natural Waste Water System. A grey water separation and natural treatment system will enables export of grey water to nearby buildings.
  • Sustainable IT Solution. SBRC delivers a cutting edge holistic approach to Green IT.
  • Urban agriculture. Inclusion of permaculture and Australian native food gardens across the SBRC site. 

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Last reviewed: 8 May, 2019