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There are currently 16 projects registered to achieve the Living Building Challenge across Australia and 1 project that has achieved full certification, as of November 2019!

Here are some of these world-class projects that have been completed:

Sustainable Buildings Research Centre, Wollongong NSW
Burwood Brickworks, Burwood VIC
The Paddock Eco Village, Castlemaine VIC


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

Client: University of Wollongong
Typology: Education & Research Facility
Site Area: 2,491m2
LBC Version: 2.1
Find out more:
University of Wollongong
International Living Future Institute Case Study
“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


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

Owner: Frasers Property Australia
Typology: Commercial Retail
Site Area: 12,900m2
LBC Version: 3.1
Find out more:
Burwood Brickworks Website
Sydney Morning Herald Article 
LFIA's 2016 Brickworks Design Competition


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

Owner: Neil & Heather Barrett 
Typology: Residential
Site Area: 13,900m2
LBC Version: 3.1
Find out more:
The Paddock Website
Fifth Estate Article

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