Tyree Energy Technologies Building
- Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp
The Tyree Energy Technologies is the new home of energy research at the University of New South Wales. This state-of-the-art powerhouse has been designed to provide a space where research, education and industry can collaborate in the development and implementation of sustainable energy technologies.
The six-level facility is predominantly used as an educational hub for undergraduate and postgraduate engineering students. The building features, administrative spaces, flexible collaborative learning space, exhibition and showcase, student lounge and café, and wet and dry labs. It has also been designed to facilitate leading-edge research in photovoltaics and development of silicone chips for PV solar panels.
The Tyree Building embraces and communicates a strong commitment to sustainability. It is the first laboratory building to achieve a 6 star Green Star - Education v1 (Design) rating in Australia. The Tyree Building incorporates a gas-fired tri-generation plant, low energy displacement cooling, heat recovery systems, two thermal underground labyrinths and a roof-mounted solar panel utilising UNSW solar cell technology. Innovative design techniques involving the PV panels and the tri-generation plant helped achieve this 6 Star Green Star rating.
Materials were also carefully selected to minimise the environmental impact of the development. A highly efficient glass facade acts as a secondary skin for better airflow, whilst the roof incorporates photovoltaic cells which not only allow for testing and development work but contribute to the energy requirements of the facility. The Tyree Building's flexibility will ensure accommodation of future technology and changing user