Public Building & Urban Design - Sustainability Awards finalists 2015 
Projects in focus: Education & Research

A New South Wales sustainable energy technology research building has trumped an international field of laboratories to take out the 2015 S-Lab New Teaching and Mixed Use Laboratory Building Award.

The University of New South Wales, Tyree Energy Technologies Building by Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp was picked by the S-Lab awards jury from a pool of five shortlisted projects which included entries from as far as Atlanta, USA to Norwich, UK.

FJMT were the only Australian team to be shortlisted for the awards scheme, which has been recognising excellence in laboratory design, operation and management for four years now.

The Tyree Energy Technologies Building actually pipped another FJMT project for the New Teaching and Mixed Use Laboratory award, edging out the Sydney University, Charles Perkins Centre which was also shortlisted in the same category and received an Architecture Award at the 2015 NSW Architecture Awards.

The shortlist had 40 entries from nine countries in eight categories and included only one other Australian, Rekha Joshi of Sydney’s Macquarie University who was shortlisted for the Making a Difference category award.

The Tyree Energy Technologies Building provides a gateway to the UNSW and is an educational hub for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students. It also provides a space where research, education and industry can collaborate in the development and implementation of sustainable energy technologies. A roof-top area is set up for the testing of photovoltaic arrays, a key component of the research of the facility.

The Tyree Building was certified as a 6 Green Star building making it the only 6 Green Star laboratory building in Australia and since completion has almost doubled UNSW's renewable energy production.