A student residential development at Monash University is the first multi-unit residential project in Australia to achieve a Green Star rating for sustainable construction.
The Briggs and Jackomos residences, which offer students low-cost housing funded through the National Rental and Affordability Scheme, have achieved a Green Star – Multi Unit Residential As Built v1 rating. The residences are the first Australian university residences to do so.
Designed in conjunction with BVN Architecture, the site comprises two five-storey buildings, each housing 300 students. Sustainable features on the project include a greywater treatment facility and a 150,000 litre water storage facility that blends greywater and rainwater, a 153 kw photovoltaic system – the largest residential solar installation in Australia – and productive garden beds and orchards that enable the students to harvest their own food.
The project team also ensured that environmental impacts were minimised through modularising and prefabricating where possible, and by sourcing environmentally sustainable materials. “Incorporating innovative solutions, such as trickle ventilators to increase the provision of outside air to the dwellings, was an important factor in achieving a synergy between a Green Star rating and affordable housing,” Emmanuelle Delomenede, ESD consultant at Norman Disney & Young, comments.