In late April, construction giant Brookfield Multiplex completed the finishing touches on the Tyree Energy Technologies Building at Sydney’s University of New South Wales (UNSW).

The massive $85 million undertaking involved the construction of a 15,000 square metre, six-level building, a centre which will combine leading edge research facilities with significant space for teaching and work with the sustainable energy technologies. With a considerable number of environmentally friendly initiatives – such as heat recovery systems, 1,100 square metres of the latest roof-mounted solar cell technology, low energy displacement cooling, and a gas-fired tri-generation plant – both Brookfield Multiplex and the UNSW have submitted the building for a coveted, six-star Green Star Design rating. If awarded, the designation would acknowledge Tyree Energy Technologies Building as a World Leader in sustainable design.

“We are very pleased to be handing over this impressive project which is the result of a very successful working relationship with UNSW,” commented David Ghannoum, the Regional Managing Director NSW at Brookfield Multiplex. “From day one, our team collaborated closely with the client to find ways of achieving greater value, from design improvements to innovative construction methodologies.”

The innovative structure – custom designed and constructed by Brookfield Multiplex – serves as a gateway for the campus, fronting both Anzac Parade and the University’s entry boulevard. In addition to supporting ongoing research into clean fuels, energy storage, solar technologies and other sustainable areas, the project features wet and dry research laboratories, multiple raked theatres, showcase/exhibition space, a prototype carbon trading office, and more.

Home Automation

Call it ‘domotics,’ and you are likely to receive a blank stare, but refer to it as ‘smart home’ or ‘home automation,’ and you will get a nod of acknowledgement. For the past few years, consumers have heard the word ‘smart’ attached to countless products and services, from food and drink to snacks like popcorn and mobile phones, which no one seems to refer to as a ‘cellphone’ anymore. Yet what, exactly, constitutes ‘smart’?

January 18, 2021, 8:25 PM AEDT