SGI Architectural supplied its Moeding terracotta facade for the elevation of the University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building.

A unique facility designed to interact with the natural environment, dramatically reduce energy consumption and create an interactive learning environment for students, the Advanced Engineering Building (AEB) is five-star Green Star Education Design v1 certified by the Green Building Council of Australia, one of the highest sustainable design ratings for a building in its group.

Moeding, a back ventilated, thermally insulated terracotta facade was specified for the Advanced Engineering Building due to its minimal energy usage and natural ventilation. Craned into place individually to form a fenestrated facade, Moeding’s terracotta vertical members moderate the heat load on the Northern elevation, while retaining daylight and external views from the workspaces inside.

The University of Queensland’s Advanced Engineering Building has been shortlisted in the 2014 World Architecture Festival.

According to Professor David St. John, Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, the future of engineering requires engineers to develop technologies that are much more sustainable with reduced carbon footprints. Being a training ground for the next generation of engineers, the AEB building exemplified this approach by adopting sustainable design principles and materials.

The AEB building has won the F.D.G. Stanley Award for Public Architecture 2014; Harry Marks Award for Sustainable Architecture 2014; and the John Dalton Award for Building of the Year 2014.

The jury noted: “AEB expertly embraces setting and place and has created an exemplar of engagement with renewable resources and local industry. It is thoroughly considered and exquisitely detailed.”

The University of Queensland, Advanced Engineering Building was designed by Richard Kirk Architect/ Hassell and built by Watpac. SGI Architectural’s Moeding terracotta facade in Longoton, Natural Red finish was selected for the elevation.