Take a tour of the Global Change Institute Living Building and see how a sustainable building operates.
Take a tour of the Global Change Institute Living Building and see how a sustainable building operates.


UQ STAFF TOUR Friday, 14 September *

* Staff tour starts 10. 00 am


Want to see how a busy workplace and function centre operates with no air-conditioning in the sub-tropical climate of Brisbane? 

Curious to learn about the innovative materials that were used to achieve a zero-carbon, sustainable building of the future? 

Then register today for a tour of the UQ Global Change Institute 'Living Building.'

Tours are offered on the first Wednesday of each month (March-Nov).*

Next scheduled tour:
11.00 am Wednesday, 5 Sep  2018

Duration: approx. 30 minutes


  • As part of UQ Sustainability Week, the GCI is also offering a Living Building tour at 11.00 am on Tuesday, 21 August.
  • In addition, in association with UQ Advancement, GCI is delighted to host a UQ STAFF TOUR on Friday, 14 September.

To register for either of these tours, visit the GCI tour booking link.


Places are limited. Please register here to avoid disappointment.

The GCI operates 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.   

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