UTS Vicki Sara Building green certification a first for NSW
- The UTS Vicki Sara Building is one of only 11 buildings Australia-wide to achieve a 6 Star Green Star Education v1 As-Built rating
- This latest certification follows an earlier 6 Star Green Star certification for design
The UTS Vicki Sara Building has become the first university building in NSW to be awarded a 6 Star Green Star Education v1 As-Built rating, certified by the Green Building Council of Australia.
Only 11 buildings Australia-wide have achieved this rating, which represents 'World Leadership' in sustainable building practices. This certification follows the 6 star Design rating that was awarded to the building in April 2015.
UTS Sustainability Manager Danielle McCartney says that the accreditation follows a successful collaboration between the building’s architects, builders, contractors, project managers and the UTS Sustainability team.
“Sustainability drove the planning and design process for the Vicki Sara Building. UTS has a policy of targeting minimum 5 star Green Star ratings for its new buildings and exceeding this target by achieving a 6 star As-Built rating is a significant accomplishment for an energy-intensive lab building,” she said.
“Sustainability is fundamental to the University’s core purpose of teaching and learning and research, its operations and community engagement,” says Ms McCartney.
Renowned amongst UTS staff, students and visitors for its wave-like design and colourful windows, the Vicki Sara building also includes many sustainable design features. The eight-level building is home to labs, teaching spaces and offices used by the UTS Faculty of Science and Graduate School of Health.
A green roof of Australian natives and other drought-resistant plants provides a habitat for birds, insects and animals while insulating the building and improving air quality. Stormwater is captured and treated to supply water to the building’s toilets and landscaping. Recycled glass cladding covers the building, while innovative architectural solutions, including an oculus, light-well and portholes, maximise natural daylight.
Other sustainable design features include:
- High performance glazing to reduce heat transfer
- Rooftop solar hot water
- Energy efficient building services, including lighting and air conditioning.
- Highly visible internal staircases to reduce lift use
- Water bottle refill stations and drinking fountains on every floor.
You can find out more about the building’s sustainable features here.