Built Environment Winner - University of Tasmania

Nurturing the Future – University of Tasmania, Inveresk Student Apartments

The University of Tasmania’s Inveresk Apartments project is an innovative, environmentally, economically and socially sustainable student accommodation facility. An integrated Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) approach was central to the design and the project brings a holistic view to its sustainability credentials. This holistic approach included a location that provides the optimum in residential amenity, a design that is sympathetic to the surrounding heritage precinct, a construction methodology that minimised site impacts and maximised sustainable approaches and a completed project that evidences its sustainability merits with a high Green Star rating. The project is sustainable in every sense.

“A Green Gown Award Australasia has recognised the University of Tasmania’s commitment to integration of our teaching and research programs and our organisational philosophy regarding student experience and sustainability outcomes. It strongly support the University’s lead role in encouraging the uptake of environmentally sustainable practices and their positive impact on the environment and community health and well-being”
Professor Peter Rathjen, Vice-Chancellor

Top 3 learnings:

  1. Timber is a very real option as a substitute for concrete and steel in the construction of larger commercial buildings.
  2. Engaging a wide range of stakeholders at an early stage of a project helps generate a range of ideas and options that can lead to a greatly improved result.
  3. The benefits of sustainable design and development are not just environmental and monetary, they also extend to include lifestyle and social outcomes.