A five-story, 150-room student accommodation building at Monash University’s Peninsula Campus, Gillies Hall has set a new benchmark in sustainable design, combining a Passive House certified building with a Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structure. The project is the largest in Australia to combine both design elements and provide highly energy efficient student accommodation units with a focus on user comfort. The building consists of accommodation units, common areas, lounges, game areas and outdoor spaces. It also incorporates a rainwater-harvesting tank and water-sensitive urban design featuring a landscaped dry creek bed providing additional opportunities for recreation and connecting with the campus’ natural waterways.
The building represents a key step in furthering Monash’s objective to be recognized globally as a leader in sustainability, teaching and research, and an innovator in sustainable campus buildings and infrastructure, while transforming student experiences and delivering high-performing buildings. The Gillies Hall project is one of the first to be completed under Monash University’s ambitious “Net Zero” initiative. Together with Monash’s holistic sustainability drivers that push positive social and economic outcomes, this has a direct impact on the lives and experiences of the Monash staff and student community, as well as positive contributions to the wider community and industry.
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