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As we move into the future, ensuring a balance between human needs and the environment is of the utmost importance.

Understanding the practices of sustainable development will become a necessity for all professionals. Bond University’s Sustainable Development building seeks to embody world’s best sustainable processes, becoming an example for the future and a working laboratory for the eco leaders of tomorrow.

The building at a glance

  • First in Australia to achieve a 6 Star Green Star – Education PILOT Certified Rating for design by the Green Building Council of Australia.
  • Interactive ‘Living Laboratory’ where students and the community can learn more about the future of development.
  • Energy consumption is minimised through the use of natural light and mixed mode ventilation.
  • Water tanks and a grey water recycling system means less reliance on the local water supply.
  • Extensive use of recycled materials, including recycled timber and loose furniture, as well as low-emission paints and environmentally friendly carpet.

Sustainable Development building awards



United Nations Association of Australia

World Environment Day Awards 2010: Szencorp Green Building Award.


Government of Queensland

Sustainable Industries Award for “Sustainability in the Built Environment”


Australian Institute of Architects (QLD)

State Award for “Sustainable Architecture” Award


Gold Coast City Council

2009 Urban Design Awards: Award of Excellence in Urban Design


Gold Coast City Council

2009 Urban Design Awards: People’s Choice Award


Gold Coast City Council

2009 Urban Design Awards: The Sue Robbins Award for Excellence in Urban Design


The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors

RICS Global “Award for Sustainability”

Key features

1. Bio retention basin

This vegetated device captures and naturally filters stormwater runoff through various layers of filter media for a 1 in 20 year flood event.

2. Landscaping

Plants are local, drought-tolerant, natives that don’t require fertilisers or pesticides. Trees cool the micro-climate, provide shade, eliminate wind and maximise natural light.

3. Living laboratory

The Living Laboratory showcases the sustainable design attributes through educational displays, including interactive touch screens.

4. Cyclist facilities

Bicycle racks, showers and storage lockers encourage students and staff to ride to campus, reducing vehicle emissions and promoting a healthy lifestyle.

5. Sun, glass & light

Classrooms and offices are positioned to minimise the impact of direct sun. Window glass, window shadings and the circulation spine reduce the need for air conditioning and artificial lighting by maximising natural ventilation and daylight.

6. Ecological finishes

Glazed acoustic screens minimise outdoor noise when the building is in natural ventilation mode. Acoustic partitions and mineral fibre ceiling tiles reduce interior noise. All paints, carpets, sealants and furniture are low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds).

7. Photovoltaic cells

This rooftop solar system uses the sun’s energy to generate around 27,000 kilowatt-hours per year, which is enough to provide the energy needs for four average homes.

8. Sustainable use of materials

To reduce embodied energy and resource depletion, all reinforcement steel has a post-consumer recycled content of 60%, and all concrete contains 30% of an industrial waste product. All timber is post-consumer re-used or Forest Stewardship Council certified timber.

9. Bio-diesel generator

The Bio-diesel Generator will offset around 65 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every year.

10. Building management system

This computer-based control system limits energy consumption by regulating building operations such as motion-activated lighting and air conditioning.

11. Weather station

The rooftop Weather Station monitors and records climatic conditions and determines whether the building is in ‘natural ventilation mode.’

12. Lift – regenerative drive

Unlike traditional lifts, the Regenerative Drive Lift feeds excess energy back in to the building’s internal electrical utility where it can be re-used, resulting in a significant overall energy saving.

13. Waste storage

Recyclables can be easily sorted and collected by recycling contractors in the waste storage area, reducing the waste going to landfill.

14. Water efficient fixtures & fittings

Water consumption is reduced through the use of water efficient fixtures and fittings such as dual flush toilets and 4 star fittings.

15. Water management

Rainwater is collected, stored in tanks, and used to flush toilets and irrigate the landscape. Grey water from showers and basins is also treated and re-used for irrigation.

16. Wind turbine

The Wind Turbine harnesses wind energy to rotate a generator and is expected to produce around 50 kilowatt-hours per year. Although Bond University has a low wind velocity, the Wind Turbine is an effective demonstration for education purposes.