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$25 million for sustainable building technology at University Of Wollongong

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Sharon Bird MP Jennie George MP

Federal Member for Cunningham Federal Member for Throsby

J o i n t N e w s R e l e a s e

$25 million for sustainable building technology at University Of Wollongong

We are pleased to announce the Commonwealth Government will invest $25.1 million to support a new facility at the University of Wollongong that will help Australia move to a low-carbon future by making buildings more energy efficient.

Retrofitting for Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RRSB) is one of four NSW projects in the latest round of the Education Investment Fund.

The University of Wollongong is the perfect location for this type of cutting-edge research infrastructure.

Competition for this funding was intense.

The University of Wollongong’s achievement shows that it continues to stand at the forefront of Australian research and innovation.

The new centre would provide a significant boost to the local economy.

This centre will create jobs in both the construction industry and the education sector.

The new facility will be housed in a state-of-the-art building with a 6-Green Star rating that includes a series of research and teaching laboratories at the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus.

Prototyping and testing laboratories will be located at the TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute’s Yallah campus.

This is a genuine partnership between the University of Wollongong and Illawarra TAFE.

Sixty-five jobs will be created constructing the facility.

BlueScope Steel will provide steel building and construction materials to the project as well as construction know-how through technical exchanges and secondments.

Once completed, it will attract 30 additional high-quality research students, 30 undergraduate students and 75 TAFE students a year in the area of sustainable construction.

This project will help develop building and construction technologies that suit the Australian climate.

Most research of this type is currently done in the northern hemisphere. This facility will look directly at our own environment and come up with local solutions for local conditions.

This is a unique facility that will have a direct impact on Australia’s households and businesses. It will significantly reduce greenhouse emissions from Australia’s buildings.

The facility will focus on practical demonstrations and hands-on experience.

This means it will produce better trained students and professionals with the right skills to help transform our existing building stock.

Hands-on experience will be gained through the refurbishment of several existing houses in the vicinity.

This is all-round great news and we look forward to seeing the benefits this project will bring to the entire community.

11 June 2010