CSR Gyprock’s EC08 Impact helps SMART centre get a 4 Green Star rating

The SMART centre at the University of Wollongong.

THE UNIVERSITY of Wollongong’s Simulation, Modelling and Analysis for Research and Teaching (SMART) centre, the first of it’s kind in Australia, aims to achieve a Green Star rating of four stars.

This new facility, opened in August 2011, houses thirty state-of-the-art laboratories over four storeys and accommodates 150 research staff. The thirty specialist research laboratories focus on research into a wide range of infrastructure services such as electricity, energy, water, gas, transport, rail and road.

The university’s brief asked that the new building house the existing engineering faculty workshop facilities and create a new infrastructure facility, while aiming to get a 4 Star Green Star rating. Emphasis was to be put on creating linkages, collaboration, transparency and connections between students and staff. To achieve this, the architects – Graham Bell and Bowman Architects – employed a number of sustainable design strategies and products.

There are facilities to harvest rainwater; a mixed use ventilation system; low-VOC carpets, paints and sealants; energy efficient lighting, monitoring of energy and water usage, solar hot water and photovoltaic cells. CSR Gyprock’s EC08 Impact is also used on every level except the ground floor. The architects chose the material because it is certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia, contains a high level of recycled material, it is recyclable, fire-rated, cost effective and easy to work with.

The SMART centre was completed earlier this year by Cockram Constructions.

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