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The 14-storey Student Village, located on the University of Melbourne campus, has been awarded the Green Building Council’s 5 Green Star rating in Multi Unit Residential Design. The rating represents ‘Australian Excellence’ in environmentally sustainable building practices.
“We are very pleased to receive this rating,” said Director of Development, Andrew Kirk. “Environmental sustainability was a key consideration when developing the Student Village in partnership with the University of Melbourne. Our approach was designed to help the environment and reduce running costs, both of which increase the value of the asset over the long term.”
Solar panels on the roof of the Student Village use the sun’s rays to generate energy and help power the building. Water recycling facilities store up to 20,000 litres of captured rainwater which is then used to irrigate gardens and top up the pool. A thermal chimney draws hot air from the corridors and up through the building to naturally ventilate, cool and refresh air quality.
The Student Village joins University of Canberra Village and UNSW Village as CLV sites that have been commended with sustainability ratings and awards.
University of Canberra Village’s Stage 2 development holds a 5 Star Basix energy efficiency rating from the NSW Government, Planning & Environment department, while UNSW Village has received sustainability awards from the Randwick City Council and the Urban Development Institute of Australia, NSW.
The Student Village will open its doors to University of Melbourne students in January 2016.