The main driver for this building was minimising energy use. This included the use of effective natural climate control and innovative ventilation strategies. The offices have manually operated mechanisms controlling both sun and natural ventilation. These features mean that there is little need for energy intensive air conditioning systems.
The teaching block and computer labs face south, enjoying natural light and generous views without the problems of glare and solar gain. The building is resource efficient constructed in concrete, glass, plywood and cedar sunscreens. The philosophy of the building was ‘what you see is what you get’ using materials in their raw state with minimal applied finishes.
Importantly, students and staff rate the building highly. Levels of satisfaction (measured by noise, lighting, overall comfort, summer and winter temperatures) are extremely high. Summer and winter temperatures were rated as comfortable, noise generally acceptable, with overall air quality and lighting being rated highly.