Location: Sunshine, Victoria
Client: Victoria University
Architect: Cox Architects
Ratings: 6 Star Green Star Education v1.0 Design rating
Value: $44 million
Umow Lai has again been associated with a major project that has achieved a 6 Star Green Star Education V1 Design Rating: the $44 million Construction Futures Building at Victoria University.
The building services and sustainability consultancy provided a full range of services, including fire engineering, that helped contribute to the 6 star rating awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia.
In keeping with the University’s goal of providing a state-of-the-art learning environment, the new facility aims to skill and re-skill Australia’s building and construction workforce. It incorporates a range of environmentally sustainable elements, some visible, others hidden from view.
One of the most visible is the rock gabion wall. This aesthetically attractive feature disguises a sophisticated air delivery system that draws fresh air through a rock wall, cooling the air down during summer months before it enters the building.
Night sky cooling sprays water onto the roof at night in order to reduce its temperature and store it for use the next day in the building’s air conditioning system. This saves energy as the water does not have to be cooled as much by the chiller plant to achieve comfortable internal temperature conditions.
The building has an intelligent lighting control system. It controls lighting via motion sensors, time clocks and electronic dimming through a head-end programming system in order to switch off unnecessary lighting and save energy by dimming, thus mitigating excessive lighting levels.
There is an in-slab heating/cooling coil system in the learning/teaching areas to provide radiative heating /cooling to augment the displacement air conditioning system. It is integrated with the night sky cooling system and is designed to achieve additional energy saving benefits.
Umow Lai worked closely with the project team including DCWC Project Management, Kane Constructions. Cox Architects and Victoria University.
Located at VU’s Sunshine Campus, the Construction Futures Building is spread over two-levels of 12,000m2.