University of Queensland’s net-zero building features biomimicry-based design

University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute (GCI) building in Australia showcases on-site solar energy sources, biomimicry-based design features, and the first structural use of low-carbon concrete in the country.

October 21, 2013 |
Jim Young

University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute (GCI) building in Australia showcases on-site solar energy sources, biomimicry-based design features, and the first structural use of low-carbon concrete in the country.

Designed by Hassell, this A$32 million research and learning facility is one of the most sustainable workplaces in Australia. The new building—targeting a 6-star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia—will be naturally ventilated for 88% of the year.

Biomimicry-based design features work in tandem with natural ventilation. The building has a sun-shading system that tracks the sun like a plant and protects the glass louvers that helps air circulation. Air flows across occupied spaces to the central atrium that discharges warm air through its thermal chimney. The facility generates 175,274 kWh a year from its own solar energy sources. Natural light is supplemented by LED lighting as necessary.

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Jim Young | Net Zero Future

About the Author: A seasoned industry leader, Young combines deep understanding of both lighting and controls.  Currently VP of Sales and Marketing for WattStopper, Young formerly served in a series of senior positions with Acuity Brands®, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of the company's specialty lighting group.  He graduated from Sonoma State University with a degree in planning and energy management. 

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