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Top honours for the School of Sustainable Development

Bond University’s Mirvac School of Sustainable Development was named the overall winner of the Urban Design Excellence award at the 2009 Gold Coast Urban Design Awards earlier this month.

The building also took out two more impressive awards on the night including the People’s Choice award and Sue Robbins Memorial award.

As Australia’s first education pilot project to receive a six-star green star rating for design, the building adds these prestigious awards to its growing list of achievements.

Earlier in the year, the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development also received first prize in the Sustainability in the Built Environment category at the 2009 Queensland EPA Sustainable Industries Awards and won the Sustainable Architecture award at the 2009 Australian Institute of Architects State Awards.

Extending recognition of the building’s excellence in design to an international level, the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development building is also shortlisted in the sustainability category at the world renowned Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Awards Grand Final in London later this year.

As the regional winner, the building will now go through to compete against projects from around the world including countries such as Germany, France, Spain, England, Ireland and Scotland.

Leading by example, the Mirvac School of Sustainable Development showcases the world’s best practice in sustainable design and achieves more than an 80 per cent reduction in carbon emissions.

Minimising energy consumption through an innovative design that makes maximum use of natural light and mixed mode ventilation, the design also makes extensive use of recycled materials, including recycled-certified steel and timber, low-emission paints and carpets made from recycled fibres.

Visit the Sustainable Development building page for more information or to book a guided tour.

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