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6 star green rating for VU training facility

Victoria University's Building and Construction facility at Sunshine Campus has achieved its first 6 Star Green Star - Education Design v1 certified rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), representing world leadership in environmentally sustainable building practices and the highest form of recognition possible.

The Building and Construction facility at Sunshine Campus is only the 11th building in Australia, and 3rd in Victoria to achieve this certification.

Green Star is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating system that recognises and rewards environmental leadership within the built environment.

With a 6 Star Green Star rating, the building is an example of environmental design excellence incorporating the latest renewable energy, water preservation, solar design and temperature technologies to reduce VU's carbon footprint.

"I am delighted that VU has received a 6 star green star certification," says Rachael Keefe, Manager Environment and Sustainability.

"The 6 star certification represents Victoria University's commitment to delivering education in buildings that minimise the University's impact on the environment. The construction industry staff and students who are housed in the building are also working to ensure that the teaching and learning practices minimise the impact on the environment by reusing and recycling building materials such as timber and bricks."

The state-of-the-art building showcases environmentally-friendly technologies now transforming Australia's traditional trades. Constructed with sustainable building materials that use the latest techniques in renewable energy and water conservation, the building itself is a teaching tool for students as they learn to construct with modern environmental design, sustainable materials and emerging technologies.

The building incorporates innovative environmental initiatives such as active mass heating and cooling through hydronic tubes, a night-time heat purging system, fresh air intake through a gabion rock store in the ground and passive air circulation fans.

The building also contains an internal plant wall to improve air quality.

Funded by the federal government's Education Investment Fund, the $44 million training centre consolidates the University's heavy trade courses including carpentry, bricklaying, and furniture-making.

Located on Phoenix Street, Sunshine – just off Ballarat Road – the Building and Construction facility is also headquarters for the University's new Trades College, a reinvigoration of Victoria University's vast range of trades training.

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