Like to see how a workplace in Brisbane's sub-tropical climate operates with ultra-low energy consumption?

Ever wondered what innovative materials could be used used to achieve a zero-carbon, sustainable building? 

Then register today for a small group tour  (max. 25) of the UQ Global Change Institute's 'Living Building.'

Tours are offered on the first Wednesday of each month. Larger groups can be accommodated by prior arrangement.

Time: 11.30 am

Duration: 30 minutes

Please be sure to register here to avoid disappointment. Places are limited.

The Global Change Institute operates as a zero-energy and zero-carbon workplace designed to work with the natural environment.  The building is naturally ventilated for much of the year and generates and stores all its own power on-site through renewable solar energy sources.

It features a sophisticated sun-shading system that tracks the sun and protects the glass louvres which create natural ventilation. The air flows across the office spaces to the central atrium which acts as the building's lungs, discharging warm air through the thermal chimney.

The translucent atrium roof optimises natural light to the interior and is also heat-resistant. The building is cooled with chilled water flushed through exposed sculptural precast floor panels. Rainwater storage of 60,000 litres services the hydronic cooling system, kitchen and shower, and optimal natural lighting is supported by environmentally friendly LED lighting.

A green wall, bush tucker garden and bio-retention basin breathe life into the building's green ethos, and UQ's St Lucia campus has pedestrian links that enable easy access by foot or bike.  

Want to learn about the features of the building? See our online guide here. 


UQ Staff tour - Thursday, 14 June

In cooperation with UQ Advancement, the UQ Global Change Institute is delighted to offer a special building tour for new UQ staff *.

If you're a UQ staff member and would like to visit the GCI's Living Building for a guided tour on Thursday, 14 June please follow this link and register accordingly.

Please note. This special tour is designed for UQ staff and starts at 10.00 am.

Link to UQ Staff Tour

* Morning tea provided.


For enquiries, please call GCI Communications on (07) 3443 3110.

Location: 
Global Change Institute (Building 20), The University of Queensland St Lucia QLD 4072
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