Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC)
The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) is a multi-disciplinary facility that brings together a wide range of researchers to holistically address the challenges of making our buildings sustainable and effective places in which to live and work.
Our mission is to assist in the rapid decarbonisation of our built environment. Thus, a major focus of the SBRC is the retrofitting of existing buildings, since replacement of existing building stock occurs at between only one to two percent per year. The SBRC brings together researchers, students and industry to:
- Develop, prototype and test sustainable building technologies and designs for residential and commercial applications
- Perform in-depth experimental and theoretical analysis of the thermal design of buildings
- Develop architectural and structural design tools to facilitate the inclusion of ecological costing throughout the design phase of buildings (e.g. water, embodied energy, carbon)
- Investigate day-to-day behaviour of building occupants to improve our effectiveness of building use and design and improve the uptake of environmentally sustainable technologies
- Develop novel control systems and sensor technology for improving building performance
- Develop novel modelling tools to aid sustainable design
KEY BUILDING FEATURES
NET ZERO ENERGY
160kW onsite renewable
CAR FREE LIVING
Twenty dedicated bike spaces
NET ZERO WATER
Onsite rainwater harvesting
Onsite vegetable, herb
PLUG & PLAY MICRO GRID
Advanced electrical and
HYBRID MIXED MODE VENTILATION
LOW IMPACT IT SOLUTION
Energy efficient thin-client
INTERNAL GREEN WALL
Three vertical green walls within
SBRC CUMULATIVE ENERGY PERFORMANCE
See a breakdown of the SBRC and it’s features!
KEY PERFORMANCE TARGETS
- Net zero energy. SBRC will produce more power than it consumes.
- Water exporter. SBRC will harvest and distribute water beyond its own needs.
- Natural ventilation. Natural Ventilation design with task based, passive conditioning using various methods (including ground source heating and cooling, solar walls, earth to air heat exchanger).
- Building integrated smart-grid. Integrated power grid capable of simultaneous testing of multiple renewable energy generation sources and storage systems.
- Fully integrated Green IT building management system. SBRC will be wired to measure and report on all aspects of sustainability (including workgroup power consumption, water use, printing statistics).
- Natural Waste Water System. A grey water separation and natural treatment
system will enable export of grey water to nearby buildings.
- Sustainable IT Solution. SBRC will deliver a cutting edge holistic approach to Green IT.
- Urban agriculture. Inclusion of permaculture and Australian native food gardens across the SBRC site.
Water, Wind, Earth of Fire, we tackle the lot!
Our themes and areas of research are diverse, all focused on making buildings more livable, more sustainable, more cost-effective, and kinder to our environment.
ENERGY: EFFICIENCY, GENERATION AND STORAGE
– Micro-grid (building scale or precinct scale)
– Ground source heat pumps
– Smart home systems and Building Management Systems (BMS)
– Phase Change Material (PCM) applications
– Photovoltaic-Thermal (PVT) systems
– Demand-side management and Distributed generation
– Energy informatics/intelligent built environment
– Net Zero Energy Buildings (NZEB)
RESILIENCE & CLIMATE ADAPTION
– Aged care
– Urban heat island
– Thermal comfort and heatwaves
– Green and cool roofs, and walls
– Aged care
– Low income households
– Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ)
– Thermal Comfort
– Facilitating deep retrofits
– Solar powered membrane distillation
– Energy from waste water
– Black and grey water treatment
– Green roofs and living walls
– Net zero water buildings
MATERIALS, CONSTRUCTION AND LIFE CYCLE ANALYSIS
– Materials life cycle analysis
– Building fabric upgrades
– Heat and moisture transfer in buildings
– Building Management Systems (BMS)
– Educational buildings
– Low grade commercial buildings
– Retrofitting methodologies
MODELLING AND DECISION SUPPORT SYSTEMS
– Building energy modelling
– Cost benefit analysis
– Decision support systems
– Life cycle analysis
Source : https://sbrc.uow.edu.au/aboutus/index.html