MSD wins United Nations Green Building Award at World Environment Day

June 15 / 160

Melbourne School of Design (MSD) building won the Hanson’s Green Building Award. Photo Louisa Deasey
Melbourne School of Design (MSD) building won the Hanson’s Green Building Award. Photo Louisa Deasey

The Melbourne School of Design (MSD) has won the Hanson’s Green Building Award announced at the 2015 UNAA (United Nations Association of Australia) World Environment Day Awards. 


Presented on Friday June 5 at the Park Hyatt Hotel, Melbourne, MSD beat five finalists in this category from across Australia.

Designed by John Wardle Architects and NADAA in collaboration, the Melbourne School of Design building took first place, with jurors commenting that it “represents a rigorous exploration of Green Building design.”

In selecting MSD from five finalists to win the award, juror comments included: "this green building is excellent in all respects, from design, outcome, ability to influence a new generation of students, and in the use of innovative materials. A living building with a 6-star Green Star design rating."

The annual national World Environment Day Awards recognises work that serves to protect, manage or restore our natural heritage.

Jurors comments also recognised that “the project involved extensive collaboration and innovation, featuring interactive CO2 and VOC sensors, and research on renewable cross-laminated timber slabs. This building has great potential to be used as a living lab for teaching and learning."

Tom Kvan, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, accepted the award on behalf of the Faculty.

“It’s a significant acknowledgement of the progressive environmental principles which underpin the intent of the building”, he said.

Each year, in support of United Nations World Environment Day (June 5), the United Nations Association of Australia recognises innovative and outstanding environmental programs and initiatives from across Australia and the important work of Australian environmental leaders through its World Environment Day Awards.

The preeminent national awards play an important role in raising awareness about key environmental issues and challenges, thus inspiring and motivating organisations to take positive steps towards sustainability and environmental excellence.

Story by Louisa Deasey

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