Griffith University’s New Zero Emission Tower

PLANNED: Griffith University has received $21m dollars worth of funds from the federal government to build a new zero-emission and self powered solar-hydrogen building. Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor said the world-class building was key to delivering a genuine sustainable energy option to Australian and global communities.”This building, which will generate its own power supply, is a model for remote communities that are ‘off-grid’ and cannot access power in Australia and across the world,” Professor O’Connor said. “It will also be a pilot for applying this safe, sustainable power supply in urban settings.

The building’s exterior wil be made of transparent solar glass panels and will attract international attention as the building will become Australia’s largest solar powered-hydrogen building and will no doubt become a catalyst development for future green building technologies.

The aim for the building is to “bridge the gap between environmental sciences and businesses” because too often sciences and newly advanced technology stays in the realm of ‘science’ not reality.

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Griffith University has become a national leader for sustainable design research and planning, now, not just for student research but for it’s Nathan campus as well. 30% of the building’s material will be constructed from recycled material and utilises nature for its ventilation and water capture system.

The building will be 6 floors high and have approximately 4000m² in floor space which is to include multi-purpose lecture rooms and offices.

The new facility is to be called ‘Sir Samuel Griffith Building’ and was designed by Cox architects.

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