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QUT SciTech

QUT Gardens Point Campus, George Street, Brisbane Qld Australia
Mechanical, Fire, Hydraulic, Tri-Generation & Energy Modelling Consultants

Commencement Date: January 2010
Completion Date: December 2012
Client: Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd
Developer: Queensland University of Technology
Architect: Donovan Hill + Wilson Architects in Association
Builder: Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd
Capital Value: $230 Million
Building Owner: Queensland University of Technology

The QUT Science and Technology precinct delivers a state-of-the-art educational facility to one of Queensland’s leading universities. Consisting of two towers of 23,000m2 useable floor area, the buildings provide:

• research and teaching facilities
• multi-purpose laboratories and lecture theatres
• workshops and practical teaching areas
• collaborative student zones
• indoor 50m swimming pool & gymnasium
• café & retail outlets
• basement car parking

Boasting a capital value of $230 million, Floth Sustainable Building Consultants was appointed by Leighton Contractors as the mechanical, fire, hydraulic, tri-generation and energy modelling consultant. The two multi-level buildings are linked by shaded and open green space, acting as a forecourt to the restored old Government House.

This precinct is not only utilised as a building for students to study in, but for students to also study its engineering and design. As leaders in co and tri-generation technology, Floth was required to create an energy and water efficient building, which can be researched and monitored by students and leading academics.

The brief from the client was to develop a precinct that combines ‘teaching and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), using a world leading model, creating a dynamic hub.’

Required to create an energy and water efficient building, Floth implemented tri-technology in the building as a means of improving efficiency and reducing both energy consumption and greenhouse gas (carbon) emissions.

The tri-generation plant comprised of a gas powered generator (834kW), absorption chiller and associated heat exchangers utilises engine waste heat to provide simultaneous heating and cooling, contributing to the precinct’s demand for; domestic hot water, indoor swimming pool heating, dehumidification and air conditioning.

In addition to the benefits provided by the free heating and cooling, the electricity produced by the generator is derived from gas, a much cleaner alternative to that derived from the grid supply, which is largely dependent on cola fired power stations.

A monitoring portal is available for students and researchers to gather operational data from the tri-generation plant for the purpose of undertaking practical experiments and confirming theoretical calculations. The outcomes from these studies will allow future operational strategies to be refined in order to maximise the building’s overall running efficiency.
The buildings’ expected greenhouse gas emission reductions have been calculated at 69.3 percent, equating to a CO2 emissions reduction of 1,329,349 kg/per year when assessed under the Green Star Education V1 rating tool.

Floth assisted the project team in achieving a GBCA 5 Star Green Star design rating for the project.

Floth’s Award Wins:

Finalist in the 2013 UDIA Queensland Awards for Excellence in the Excellence in Environmentally Sustainable Development – Built Form.


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