The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) was the first building in Australia fully accredited under the Living Building Challenge (LBC), as well as being the Illawarra’s first six-star Green Star Building. The LBC is arguably the highest built environment sustainability accreditation in the world today with its ambition to encourage buildings to be net zero energy and water, to connect more readily with the natural environment, and provide comfortable and restorative places to live and work.
The SBRC not only embodies sustainable design, but is a “living” laboratory for improving building and material design. The “high-bay” roof is divided into two discrete sections using COLORBOND® steel in the colour Surfmist® and COLORBOND® Coolmax® steel. These materials were chosen for their high solar reflectance (low absorptance) and ability to improve the thermal performance of a building.
The building also meets the high standards demanded by the material and waste requirements of the LBC with the BlueScope materials used being manufactured locally and incorporating recycled content. BlueScope is also committed to sustainable sourcing practices that create, protect and build long term environmental, social and economic value.
The COLORBOND® steel Environmental Product Declaration is available at steel.com.au/epd.
Architect: Cox Richardson Architects. Project: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre. Location: Fairy Meadow, New South Wales. steel.com.au/epd