Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) new Daniel Mannix Building (TDMB) in Melbourne has been awarded the maximum ‘6 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 Certified’ rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Mark Doggett, ACU Sustainability Coordinator, said compared to a conventional building of its size and purpose, TDMB will annually generate 55 per cent fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce water consumption by more than half a million litres.
“Harvesting rainwater from its roof, the building will have the capacity to store up to 80,000 litres in an underground tank,” he said. “It will also be fitted out with water saving appliances, low-energy lights and an extremely energy efficient heating and cooling system.”
“TDMB will be the first building in Fitzroy to use wind power, generating energy through the large turbines mounted on its roof.
“The architectural design of the building will also encourage the use of sustainable transport in the local community –promoting cycling, walking and public transport.
“The building will provide space for more than 170 bikes, along with shower and change facilities for staff and students – and is located near bus, tram and train services and many walking paths.”
As well as promoting a healthy lifestyle, TDMB will help create a feeling of wellbeing for ACU staff and students.
“Floor-to-ceiling windows will bring abundant natural light to every floor, circulating 100 per cent fresh air throughout the building,” Mark said. “Paint, carpet and furniture will emit very few or zero volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are hazardous to human health yet present in large amounts in the majority of conventional buildings.”
Chris Sheargold, Associate Vice-Chancellor (Melbourne), said ACU is building one of the finest tertiary education buildings in Australia and certainly one of the best buildings in Fitzroy.
“When completed, TDMB will enable ACU to continue its rapid expansion in nursing, paramedicine, midwifery, exercise science, occupational therapy and psychology – as well as greatly increase research capacity in those areas,” he said.
TDMB is due for full occupation by the end of 2012, and will comprise a 300-seat lecture theatre, state-of-the-art specialist learning facilities in the Health Sciences and Psychology, as well as a student/staff fitness centre, chapel, student centre and rooftop garden. The project includes the St Mary of the Cross Square which will have a 50 metre frontage onto Brunswick St.