The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) is the flagship of built environment sustainability at the University of Wollongong.
In 2010, the University of Wollongong received funding from the Commonwealth, as represented by the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, through its Education Investment Fund, to establish the Retrofitting for Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RRSB) Program, including the establishment of the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) facility. The SBRC is the flagship of built environment sustainability at the University of Wollongong. The aim of the SBRC is to research, collaborate, and link with industry to meet the challenge of improving the energy efficiency of our new and existing building stock. The SBRC will lead the way in sustainable building research through delivery of advanced retrofit technologies, integrated component testing, renewable energy sourced building microgrids, skills training and researching the impacts of day to day behaviours of building occupants.
The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre also has a number of specialist research staff who are able to provide advice and assistance in the area of heating ventilation and air conditioning, demand management, building simulation, building information modelling, energy modelling and building energy rating schemes (NABERS, BASIX/NatHERS, etc.).
The SBRC has also recently become a Participant in the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living (CRC LCL). The CRC LCL is the leading national hub for research and innovation in the built environment sector. UOW joins the CRC LCL’s five other partner universities and 48 industry and government participants, in its mission to lower carbon emissions in the Australian built environment and deliver competitive advantage for Australian industry.