An evaluation of the building performance of RMIT’s Swanston Academic Building.
Partner: RMIT University Property Services (2014–2015)
This project aimed to evaluate the building performance of the RMIT Swanston Academic Building where the RMIT’s leadership excellence in sustainable design and innovation is demonstrated. The SAB is an exemplar of the Australian green educational buildings, achieving a 5 star Green Star rating, and equipped with the latest technology for providing a world-class educational facility. A series of post-occupancy evaluations were conducted to assess the building performance including energy and environmental performance and occupant comfort, health and productivity. The SAB is likely to deliver a lower carbon intensity while demonstrating a high utilisation rate. Both student and staff building users showed a high level of satisfaction in the SAB. This project also developed a case study to provide an opportunity for students to experience the latest sustainable building and further to use the building as a learning tool. Students can develop a first-hand knowledge of understanding building performance, identifying elements which work well and those which do not work well to ensure the future building projects can learn from the outcomes of the case study building.
Researchers*: Dr Jin Woo, Dr Trivess Moore
*Undertaken in collaboration with other researchers. Only SBi Lab team members listed.