Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Client: University of Adelaide
Ratings: 6 Star Green Star v1.0 Education
Size: 14,000 sqm
Value: $100 million
Ingkarni Wardli (formerly Innova21), the University of Adelaide’s new building for the Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Science, has just been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Education v1 rating from the Green Building Council of Australia. This makes it the first project in Australia to achieve a 6 Star rating under the Green Star Education v1 tool, as well as the first University in Australia to achieve an Education v1 rating.
The eight storey, 14,000m2 building, located on the University’s North Terrace Campus, incorporates a range of environmentally sustainable features that complement the design that helped the University achieve its impressive rating as a world leader.
Key innovative elements include the use of Active Slab technology (hydronic cooling loops within the concrete floor slabs) combined with an Under Floor Air Distribution System utilising 100% fresh air ventilation, providing a healthy and comfortable internal environment. Heat rejection from the Computer Server rooms to the ground is achieved via Geothermal loops incorporated into the basement diaphragm wall. The building also has a low E double glazed curtain wall; a programmable (DALI) lighting system and a building management system (BMS) designed to reduce Energy consumption.
Another key sustainable technology is the Tri Generation Plant located at the roof level that will provide electricity, heating and cooling for the whole building, saving energy and with ongoing cost savings. Additionally, there is an extensive rainwater harvesting system with underground rainwater storage tanks. The collected water is used for toilet flushing & irrigation within the building.
These technologies within the building will be monitored via the BMS, this data will be available to students so that the building itself becomes a teaching tool in terms of its Environmentally Sustainable Design.
Materials selection as well as the furniture, fittings and equipment within the building were selected in relation to their environmental impact, as well as minimal PVC, VOC and formaldehyde content.
Innova 21 houses administration offices, staff offices, learning spaces, computer classrooms and social interaction areas for the Faculty of Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Science. The administration and Dean’s office are also located within the building.
The Consultant Design team on the project consisted of: Umow Lai, DesignInc, Bestec, Aurecon and Outlines.
Award: National Award for Sustainable Architecture at the 2011 National Architecture Awards