Want to see how a workplace in the sub-tropical climate of Brisbane runs with no air-conditioning? Or what innovative materials were used to achieve a zero-carbon, sustainable building of the future? Then register for a small group tour of the Global Change Institute (GCI) 'Living Building.'
Tours run on the first Tuesday of each month.
Duration: 30 minutes
GCI operate as a zero-energy and zero-carbon workplace designed to work with the natural environment. The building is naturally ventilated for most 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 occupied office spaces to the central atrium which acts as the building's lungs, discharging warm air through its 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 pedestrian links provide easy access by foot or bike.
Want to learn about the features of the building? Check out our online guide here.