Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Australian pilot wins award for sustainability


Above: An Australian building used as a pilot by the Green Building Council of Australia has won an international award for sustainability. [photo from Architecture & Design]

Bond University’s Mirvac School, Australia

Bond University’s Mirvac School of Sustainable Development building won the 2009 Sustainability Award from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, the world’s premiere property and construction institute. The building was the brainchild of Professor George Earl, head of the school of Sustainable Development at Bond University.

“When I started the school all the programs were developed by myself and my team from the ground up. So I believed it was important that the new building of the school should reflect the vision of the school. We also wanted it to be a teaching tool, so a lot of the features are not hidden- they are exposed- so students can actually see how it is built and see sustainable design in action.

"The state of the art building has reduced emissions by 80 per cent for a building of its size (2,500 sqm), and produces 60 per cent of its power through solar energy. The building’s windows are also orientated to reduce the amount of energy needed for lighting and climate control. Even the lift is environmentally friendly, generating enough power for its up trip on the way down," said Mr Earl


Architecture & Design

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