SM19: The SBRC - One of Australia’s Most Sustainable Buildings

The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) at the University of Wollongong is one of the most sustainable buildings in Australia. It is a net-zero energy, 6 Star Green Star and Living Building Challenge accredited, multi-disciplinary facility. The building was designed and constructed using the principles of the Living Building Challenge to be a flagship of sustainability, with the aim of inspiring communities throughout Australia and the world to take action on sustainability.

The SBRC Building incorporates a wide range of features and research facilities, that range from pragmatic passive design, a 160kWp solar PV array and microgrid, through ground source heat pumps, to a new $1.8M ‘Building Insights Facility’ for thermal testing of building facades and air conditioning systems.

The stellar performance of the SBRC is not due to a single exotic technology; rather it is from a combination of pragmatism, challenging design assumptions and making the best of currently available equipment.  This presentation will outline the design processes, construction and operation involved in the development of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. It will focus on presenting the processes and technology in a modular way that singly, or together, can be applied to other building projects. The building HVAC related performance data will also be presented with some of the challenges that faced the designers, installers and maintainers of this iconic building.

BOOK NOW – Cost $25.00 – Wednesday 20th May 2020 @ 9:00 am

Presenter: Dr Craig McLauchlan, Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC), University of Wollongong (UOW)

Dr Craig McLauchlan is the Research facilities Manager at the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. He is responsible for the operations and management of the SBRC building and its laboratories. Since 2011 he has played a key role in the commissioning of the SBRC building and drove the construction, installation and operation of the research equipment within the SBRC laboratories.  Craig has experience with IAQ and IEQ measurement, energy and power monitoring, building air tightness testing and thermography.

Craig has completed degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering with 15 years of professional experience in the steel manufacturing industry prior to joining UOW. He has completed a multidisciplinary PhD in the areas of Systems Engineering and Engineering Education.


Note: The seminar program may be subject to change. If you have registered for this seminar any topic, presenter, timetable or price changes will be communicated as soon as possible prior to the event.