Bond University’s Mirvac School of Sustainable Development building has been awarded the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Szencorp Green Building Award.

The first educational building in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Education Pilot Certified Rating for its sustainable features and innovative design, this latest award builds on a list of accolades, including the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Sustainability Award received last October.

Among the building’s most outstanding sustainable features is its use of natural light, mixed-mode ventilation and the capture of prevailing breezes. Recycled rainwater and greywater supply  the building’s entire water requirement and recycled materials were used extensively during construction, including recycled timber, low-emission paints and carpets made from recycled fibres.

  • Key sustainable features of the building include:
  • Mixed-mode ventilation system using the outside air when conditions are suitable
  • 82 per cent reduction in carbon emissions compared to a benchmark building
  • Wastewater treatment system and rainwater capture and reuse to reduce use of potable water
  • Optimum orientation to maximise natural daylight and capture prevailing breezes
  • Exotic trees mulched and native landscaping providing net increase in biological diversity
  • Energy efficient lighting, including task lighting
  • Refrigerants with zero ozone depleting potential and minimal global warming impact
  • 90 per cent of construction waste by weight was reused or recycled.
  • 30 per cent of cement was replaced with fly-ash in all concrete to reduce embodied energy
  • Solar photovoltaic panels, a wind turbine and a biodiesel generator to generate renewable and low-emission electricity
  • Living laboratory education centre, digital building management system, display material and educational signage and fittings
  • Low volatile organic compound paints, carpets and furniture to improve the indoor environment
  • Office spaces have been designed to standard sizes to minimise waste and over 95per cent of loose furniture is recycled
  • The design also made extensive use of recycled materials, including recycled-certified steel and timber, low-emission paints and carpets made from recycled fibres.
  • Cyclist facilities for staff and students

Managing director of Szencorp and sponsor of the award Peter Szental said Bond University had developed an educational building with intelligent sustainable design from which students could learn.

“I am delighted that this year’s winner is an outstanding building dedicated to educate sustainable design students,”: Mr Szental said.

“It is only by studying a sustainable building first-hand that students can really understand how a building’s sustainable features work together to dramatically reduce a building’s environmental impact.”