The University is committed to design and facilitate functional, flexible, resource efficient and sustainable buildings. Sustainability Framework and design standards have been developed to integrate efficiency and sustainable development measures into our projects that guide new buildings and major renovation projects.

Sustainability Framework

The Sustainability Framework aims to ensure the University’s built environment is resource efficient, operationally cost-effective and provides improved environmental, economic and social benefits to student, staff and surrounding communities.

Key sustainability themes addressed by the Sustainability Framework include:

Place making, amenity and sustainable transport

  • Design building and site characteristics interface with the local area and consider architectural and landscape heritage
  • Services and amenities create vibrant areas that are visually interesting and safe
  • Sustainable transport strategies, including secure bicycle storage facilities, end-of-trip facilities (showers and lockers) and cycle ways to facilitate cost-effective active transport and mobility

Leadership and communication

  • Best practice integrated design approach and knowledge sharing
  • Communication strategies to engage students, staff, local community and the wider public

Healthy environment

  • Healthy multi-purpose, flexible spaces for working, studying and living
  • Preference for sustainable and environmentally friendly fit-out materials which are sustainably produced with low life-cycle environmental impacts
  • Opportunities for maximising natural daylight input, external views and natural ventilation

Efficient resource use

  • Management plans to reduce energy, water and waste
  • Solar-passive building design of building facades and glazing elements to reduce reliance on heating ventilation and air conditioning plant to maintain thermal comfort
  • Energy efficient lighting and controls
  • Building controls and monitoring devices for efficient operation of plant and equipment
  • Renewable energy systems and water harvesting systems
  • Increased use of building materials with recycled content

Landscape and biodiversity

  • Conservation of native flora and fauna biodiversity
  • Use of landscape elements to enhance building microclimates

Design standards

The University has recently developed new design standards for construction, refurbishment and facilities maintenance that include sustainability requirements where applicable. The standards set out the minimum requirements for design and construction of buildings and facilities based on industry standards and best practice.

Current projects

Australian Institute of Nanoscience

  • Solar water system
  • Greenroof (native vegetation to absorb rainwater, provide insulation, create a habitat for wildlife, and help mitigate the heat island effect)

Abercrombie Precinct

  • Rainwater reuse system
  • Roof top solar photovoltaic (PV) system

Queen Mary Building

  • Rainwater reuse system
  • 200 cycle parking spaces
  • Roof top / mezzanine gardens with dedicated community garden area
  • Solar PV and hot water

Contact us

For more information on sustainable building projects and / or the framework initiatives, please contact the .