Our most recent building projects are sustainable in design and in operation.
Recently completed building projects have received five or six-star Green Star Design and As Built ratings from the Green Building Council Australia.
A ‘Design and As Built’ rating is given to projects that have sustainable outcomes from the design and construction phase through to operation. This keeps us on track with building targets outlined in the Sustainability Plan 2017–2020 and accredits us with global leadership in sustainable campus design.
Western Edge Biosciences Building
WEBs (building 125) is a world-class facility that provides teaching, research and training facilities to the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Science, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, and Faculty of Science. This $63.8 million project was completed in December 2018 and is one of the University’s first multi-faculty six-star Green Star STEMM buildings. Its sustainability features include:
- Six-star Green Star Design and As Built rating
- Passive design initiatives that include airtight construction, external shading, high performing glass façade
- Active design elements that include night cooling, airflow control per teaching space, lighting control systems
- High efficiency fittings and fixture
- 50 kL rainwater tank that harvests water for reuse
- Landscape irrigation from rainwater
- Terrace that houses a rare collection of succulents from the System Garden
- PV solar panel system that generates 33% of the building's energy usage, offsetting the lifts, mechanical air ventilation systems, fume hoods and fans
- Overall the building will target a minimum 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emission in comparison to a reference building case.
Learning and Teaching Building, Werribee
Part of the Werribee campus redevelopment and home to the Melbourne Veterinary School, the Learning and Teaching building is a five-storey facility for veterinary preclinical and clinical training and education. Completed in 2017, its key sustainability features include:
The Stables, Southbank
The Stables at Southbank is home to the Victorian College of the Arts. The project involved the restoration of the former Victoria Police mounted branch horse stables to provide new student accommodation, while conserving the site’s cultural and built heritage under Heritage Victoria guidance.
The building is used as an under-graduate and graduate studio space for wall-based practices such as painting and drawing, as well as an adaptable installation, exhibition and performance space. It includes academic, administration offices and front of house spaces.
Completed in early 2018, it was the first University building to receive a Design and As Built accreditation in December 2019. Its sustainable features include:
- five-star Green Star Design and As Built rating
- partial restoration of the existing building to its original condition.
System Garden Boardwalk
The Australian Rainforest Boardwalk, located within Parkville campus’ System Garden, allows visitors to navigate the rainforest while leaving it free from the impact of human footsteps. As an educational hotspot for biodiversity at the University, the unique plant collection also offers a space for relaxation and reflection.
The raised boardwalk notably protects the three mature trees in the area while showcasing their beauty. It received the ‘Landscape Architecture Award’ in the Small Projects category at the 2020 Victorian Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Awards.
For more information about the University’s unique plant collections visit the System Garden.