Buildings that make the world a better place: The Venny

It is seldom that I come to a building that not only makes me think ‘yup, tick, they have all the environmental aspects right’, but think ‘wow this place sings’. I get emotional about the Venny and do every year when I take my students there. It isn’t living building certified, it was built before LBC was a consideration, so it probably has most of the red list in it and doesn’t have the verification systems needed… BUT… boy does it live.

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University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre

Australia’s first candidate for Living Building Challenge certification is located just metres from the Pacific Ocean in the most unlikely of places – the regional town of Wollongong, New South Wales, known for its steel and coal. Recently completed, the University of Wollongong’s Sustainable Buildings Research Centre will be a beacon for urban renewal as Wollongong transforms from an industrial city to a services-led economy.

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