LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE PROJECTS IN AUSTRALIA

 

There are currently 21 projects registered for the Living Building Challenge across Australia. One project has achieved Full Living certification and another has achieved Petal Certification as of November 2021!

CERTIFIED PROJECTS

SUSTAINABLE BUILDINGS RESEARCH CENTRE (SBRC)

DHARAWAL COUNTRY, WOLLONGONG, NSW

The SBRC is the first development in Australia, and the third outside the USA, to achieve the Living Building Challenge. As an organisation, the SBRC brings together students, researchers and industry to assist in the rapid decarbonisation of our built environment.

Key Stats
Location: Dharawal Country, Wollongong NSW
Client: University of Wollongong
Typology: Education & Research Facility
Site Area: 2,491m2
LBC Version: 2.1

Learn More:

University of Wollongong
International Living Future Institute Case Study

Contributors

The University of Wollongong would like to acknowledge all the very many people who contributed to the achievement of the SBRC Building winning Living Certification status, and to particularly acknowledge the following individuals and their organizations who played very significant roles in accomplishing this outcome.

ContributorRoleAffiliation (During Project)Current Affiliation
Paul CooperSBRC DirectorSBRC, University of WollongongSBRC, University of Wollongong
Lance JefferySBRC Project ManagerSBRC, University of WollongongHyve Projects
Gary HudsonInnovation Campus Project ManagerUniversity of WollongongAssured Solutions
Duane RobinsonSBRC Deputy DirectorSBRC, University of WollongongSBRC, University of Wollongong
Craig McLauchlanSBRC Research Facilities ManagerSBRC, University of WollongongSBRC, University of Wollongong
Leela KemptonSBRC LBC DocumentationSBRC, University of WollongongSBRC, University of Wollongong
Lachlan DrakeSBRC LBC DocumentationSBRC, University of WollongongLindsay Dynan Consulting Engineers
Joe AgiusDesign DirectorCox ArchitectureCox Architecture
Michael BradburnProject ArchitectCox ArchitectureRichard Crookes
Andy MarlowArchitectCox ArchitectureEnvirotecture
Hannah MortonESD ConsultantCundallCundall
Tim ElgoodPrincipalCundallArup
Brian CoughlinSenior Project ManagerParagon Project ManagementCBRE
Amelia FabrisSite EngineerBaulderstone

Images courtesy SBRC

BURWOOD BRICKWORKS SHOPPING CENTRE

WURUNDJERI COUNTRY, BURWOOD, VICTORIA

Burwood Brickworks is aiming to become the first retail Living Building Challenge development in the world. Opened to the public in December 2019, the centre is home to a variety of retailers, including Woolworths, Dan Murphy’s and Readings Cinemas, who have each changed their standard fitout practices and materials to fit into the strict requirements of the LBC. Along with an urban rooftop farm, state-of-the-art wastewater treatment system, and statement murals by a local Indigenous artist, the centre is a suburban community hub that sets a world standard for healthy, inclusive living.

The project was subject to the LFIA’s LBC design competition in 2016.

Key Stats

Location: Wurundjeri Country, Burwood VIC
Owner: Frasers Property Australia
Typology: Commercial Retail
Site Area: 12,900m2
LBC Version: 3.1
Find out more:

Burwood Brickworks Website
LFIA’s 2016 Brickworks Design Competition

Photography by Dianna Snape and Kata Shanasy, courtesy Frasers Property

International Case Studies

PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

THE PADDOCK ECO VILLAGE

DJA DJA WURRUNG COUNTRY, CASTLEMAINE, VICTORIA

 

The Paddock’s vision is “to create a new standard for sustainable living that fosters a sense of community and closer connection to nature.”
Stage 1 is complete as of December 2019, with 7 townhouses occupied and a community centre open for the new residents to get to know each other. A further 20 homes will be built around the site, with parklands, food gardens, and a wetland becoming the focal point for communal gatherings, bringing native species back onto the site, and creating stunning views for each home.

Key Stats

Location: Dja Dja Wurrung Country, Castlemaine VIC
Owner: Neil & Heather Barrett
Typology: Residential
Site Area: 13,900m2
LBC Version: 3.1
Find out more:

The Paddock Website
Fifth Estate Article

Images courtesy The Paddock

SCOTCH COLLEGE WELLBEING & SPORTS CENTRE

KAURNA COUNTRY, TORRENS PARK, SOUTH AUSTRALIA

 

The six domains of the school’s Wellbeing Program are the pillars that underpin the vision for the built form. The project has three main components, Wellbeing, Courts and Pools (25m and learn to swim).

In conjunction with Scotch College, Hames Sharley developed a powerful vision for the Centre – this isn’t simply a building but a place that will make a real connection between students, families, and the broader community on a platform of wellbeing.

Construction began in early 2021 with estimated completion in mid-2022. Scotch College Wellbeing and Sports Centre aims to be the first school in Australia to complete LBC Certification at any level.

Key Stats

Location: Kaurna Country, Torrens Park SA
Owner: Scotch College
Typology: Educational
Site Area: approx 7,000m2
Find out more:

Scotch College Wellbeing & Sports Centre Website
Hames Sharley news
Hames Sharley project announcement

Images courtesy Hames Sharley

GLENROY COMMUNITY HUB

WURUNDJERI COUNTRY, GLENROY, VICTORIA

 

In a first for a community centre in Australia, Glenroy Community Hub aims to achieve Passive House, Zero Energy and Living Building Challenge Petal certification.

The Hub will provide the City of Moreland community with a welcoming, nature-inspired environment to learn, grow, celebrate and heal. Its centrepiece is the new contemporary library, with Glenroy Memorial Kindergarten, Maternal Child Health, a community health provider, neighbourhood learning and childcare collocated with the library. Framing the hub as a ‘social connector’ is a key strategy to increase community awareness of the range of Council services and interaction.

Construction is in progress with the Hub expected to open early 2022

Key Stats

Location: Wurundjeri Country, Glenroy, VIC
Owner: Moreland City Council
Typology: Community
Site Area: 4,432m2
LBC Version: 3.1
Find out more:

DesignInc Website

WSP Website

Moreland City Council Website

Images courtesy Glenroy Community Hub

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