The Ausgrid Learning Centre, built by construction company Brookfield Mulitplex, has been awarded the first 6-Star Green Star ‘As Built’ Rating for an Educational Facility from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). It is the second 6-Star Green Star rating the building has achieved, having been awarded a 6-Star Green Star Design Rating last year.
“The Ausgrid Learning Centre project was delivered two months early and is a great demonstration of our ability to go beyond expectations. Through close collaboration with the client we were able to work as a team to optimise value financially and environmentally,” said David Ghannoum, NSW/Queensland regional managing director for Brookfield Multiplex. “The 6 Star Green Star Rating and MBA award affirm our achievements in meeting sustainable objectives.”
Brookfield Multiplex’s collaborative approach led to the installation of two innovative technologies: the in-situ slab ducted cooling systems for classrooms, and ground source heat rejection. The project also involved the procurement and installation of a tri-generation system and 260 photovoltaic cells. The combination of these systems will provide energy efficient heating and cooling to the building and at the same time reduce usage needs.
Located in Silverwater, a suburb of Sydney, the 17,200 square metre centre spans three levels and combines four previous locations into one fully integrated learning facility. The Education Infrastructure Fund, an Australian Government initiative, provided support for this project.
The Ausgrid Learning Centre project also took out the prestigious Master Builders Association (MBA) Award for Energy Efficiency in October.