Our environmental sustainability values are reflected in the spaces we learn in, work in and operate.

The University is improving building performance to maintain world-class campus environments that can be enjoyed by students, staff and the community.

We are committed to ensuring that all new building projects reach international sustainability excellence in their design and operation, and that existing buildings are retrofitted to maximise energy efficiency, and improve lighting and air quality.

Leading sustainable campus design

New University buildings are independently certified by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). Our Sustainability Plan 2017-2020 commits us to delivering minimum six-star Green Star ‘Design and As Built’ rated buildings (or equivalent), with buildings completed between 2017 and 2019 reaching a minimum of five stars. This equates to world leadership is sustainable building design and use.

What is a Green Star rating?

Green Star is a certification trademark independently assessed and given by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), the Australian authority on sustainable buildings and communities.  The rating system certifies buildings, fit outs and communities according to the sustainability and environmental impacts of their design and use.

The GBCA’s mission is to create healthy, resilient and positive places in the built environment, and they work with industry and government to encourage policies and programs that support this mission. Learn more about their work and the Green Star certification at GBCA.

Ground floor seated study spaces in the WEBs building
The Western Edge Biosciences building has a six-star Green Star Design and As Built rating