Labor's $25.1 Million Sustainable Buildings Research Centre Opens Today

Sharon Bird and Stephen Jones today welcomed the opening of the new Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) at the Innovation Campus at the University of Wollongong.Sustainable_Bldgs_Research_Centre_Opening_Aug_2014.JPG

The new SBRC has a state of the art 6 Star Green Star Design rating which includes a series of research and teaching laboratories at the Innovation Campus (IC).

“Labor invested nearly $135 million in the construction of four new facilities at the University including two buildings at the Innovation Campus – the SBRC and the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM),” Sharon Bird said.

“This investment in the University will provide a significant boost to the local economy and create jobs for the region.

“The Innovation Campus is connecting the University with businesses locally and globally ensure we continue to be at the forefront of research and innovation.

“The Innovation Campus is gaining a global reputation for high quality and innovative research outputs in building sustainability, solar technologies, electric vehicle research and health and bionics.  These projects show that the Illawarra is leading the world in our research and innovation,” Sharon Bird said.

“Labor believes in making science and innovation a national priority and our investment in projects such as the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials and the SBRC at the Innovation Campus reflect this priority,” Stephen Jones said.

“The SBRC will help to develop building and construction technologies that suit our climate here in Australia.  It is a unique facility that will have a direct impact on Australian households and businesses and will significantly reduce greenhouse emissions from Australia’s buildings.

“We would like to congratulate the University of Wollongong on working to set a new standard in building construction but also a new standard in education and research priorities.

“By joining with TAFE Illawarra Institute to develop an education and research program that not only develops the new technologies but also helps train people to use them and integrate them into buildings so that those technologies are used effectively and efficiently is an approach to education unique to the Illawarra,” Sharon Bird said.

As the world-beating Illawarra Flame house has already shown that the Illawarra is setting the standard when it comes to the design and construction of energy efficient buildings.

The building was officially opened today by Senator the Hon Eric Abetz, Minister for Employment.

Thursday, 7 August 2014