As well as forming the building blocks of our campus environment, our structures and landscapes are responsible for consuming the most resources in their construction, operation and maintenance. However, they also give back – through integrated energy production, amenity and learning opportunities offered by our surroundings.
Our university is privileged to operate on many Indigenous lands across South Australia and the Northern Territory. Fundamental to both our approach to sustainability and our commitment to reconciliation is recognition of the Traditional Owners and Custodians, past and present, and their continued relationship with and responsibility to these lands and waters.
From a building perspective, sustainability in design is key to how we approach new developments and upgrade existing facilities to improve efficiency. The new state-of-the-art Health and Medical Research Building will incorporate best-practice sustainability thinking to optimise water conservation, renewable energies and smart building design. We’re aiming for both WELL Building Institute and LEED ratings.
The facility will also incorporate and respect traditional uses of Indigenous plants, integrated art and design to create a welcoming place for all.