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The aim of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre is to research, collaborate, and link with industry to meet the challenge of improving the performance of our new and existing building stock focused on making buildings more livable, more sustainable, more cost-effective and kinder to our environment.

A holistic approach to sustainable buildings

Buildings have major economic, environmental and social impacts on our community and the planet. Between a quarter and a half of all greenhouse emissions result from our use of buildings.

Our vision

The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) is a multi-disciplinary facility that aims to be a leader in ideas and solutions that address the challenge of transforming our buildings and built environment into sustainable, resilient and effective places in which people live and work.

 

Our mission

Our mission is to lead an evidence-based conversation with a broad and deep network of change agents through research, education, demonstration and advice.

The SBRC brings together researchers, students and industry to:

  • Develop, prototype and test sustainable building technologies and designs for residential and commercial applications
  • Perform in-depth experimental and theoretical analysis of the thermal design of buildings
  • Develop architectural and structural design tools to facilitate the inclusion of ecological costing throughout the design phase of buildings (e.g. water, embodied energy, carbon)
  • Investigate day-to-day behaviour of building occupants to improve our effectiveness of building use and design and improve the uptake of environmentally sustainable technologies
  • Develop novel control systems and sensor technology for improving building performance
  • Develop novel modelling tools to aid sustainable design

Our supporters

The development of the SBRC has been made possible through generous grants from the Australian Commonwealth Government under the Education Investment Fund (EIF) and NSW Trade & Investment under the Science Leveraging Fund (SLF).

Awards

  • Green Gown International 2020: Highly Commended for Student Engagement

  • UOW VC Awards 2020: Workplace Health & Safety Award (Clayton McDowell)

  • Australian Engineering Excellence Award NSW 2020 (AEEA)

  • Team UOW: Australian Institute of Building NSW Professional Excellence Award for Residential Construction Under $1 Million, Australian Institute of Building

  • Solar Decathlon: Silver medal for the overall competition, first in Innovation, Comfort Conditions, and Interior Design, second in Energy Efficiency, Building Integrated Photovoltaics, and Creative Solutions, and third in Sustainability, and House Functioning

  • NSW Green Globes 2019:

    o   Regional Sustainability award

    o   Built Environment award

  • The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) 2019:

    o   Excellence in HVAC&R Research award

    o   Student of the Year Higher Education or Research awards for 2018 (Clayton McDowell)

    o   Student of the Year Higher Education or Research awards for 2019 (Brendan Banfield)

  • Australian Institute of Building (AIB) 2019:

    o   Building Professional of the Year award (Clayton McDowell)

    o   National Professional Excellence Award for Residential Construction under $1 million (Clayton McDowell)

    o   NSW Professional Excellence Award for Residential Construction under $1 million (Clayton McDowell)

  • Green Gown Australasia 2019: Award for Student Engagement

  • ACTS 2019: Award of Excellence Student (Clayton McDowell)

  • SafeWork NSW 2019: Highly Commended for Leadership in workplace health and safety culture large business

  • Federico Tartarini: Student of the Year – Higher Education and Research, AIRAH 2017

Interest: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

  • Vice-chancellor's Interdisciplinary Research Excellence Award Highly Commended, University of Wollongong
  • Best presentation by an AAG member at the 15th national conference of emerging researchers in ageing, Australian National University

Interest: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

Interest: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

Interest: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

  • Helen Barlett Prize for Innovation in Ageing Research, Excellence in Research for Australia

Interest: Solar Decathlon

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