New student accommodation’s green credentials

September 15 / 166

The new 5 green star rated,14-storey Student Village Melbourne
The new 5 green star rated,14-storey Student Village Melbourne


A new 648-bed, 5-star green rated building will provide much needed accommodation for students in the heart of Carlton.


Awarded the 5 Star Green Star Multi-Unit Residential Design Rating by the Green Building Council of Australia, the new 14-storey Student Village Melbourne (SVM), built in partnership with Campus Living Villages (CLV), demonstrates the University’s commitment to environmentally sustainable best practice.


Chris White, Executive Director Facilities and Sustainability said that since 2008 the University has determined that all new buildings attain a minimum 5 star rating. 


“This latest achievement demonstrates the long-standing commitment to sustainable buildings and reinforces the University’s commitment to reducing its environmental footprint as articulated in Growing Esteem”, Mr White said.


In line with Australian best practice in sustainable design, the new building incorporates passive solar design, including solar thermal chimneys to corridors which use the heat of the sun to pull fresh air into corridors and out through the roof, shading to windows and high performance insulation and glazing systems to reduce the heating and cooling loads of the building.  On average, apartments are designed to require 22 per cent less energy to heat and cool than the minimum standard required by the National Construction Code.


Additional sustainability features include approximately 352 square metres of rooftop solar panels which are expected to contribute around 81,430 kWh per year to electricity use in communal, administrative and back of house areas. This equates to around 14 per cent of the annual electricity requirement of the building.  Approximately 67,300 litres per day will be saved in water consumption from the installation of high efficiency fixtures and fittings.


Located at 108-128 Leicester Street, the building is a key component of the Student Accommodation Program, the University’s long-term commitment to a significant increase in quality student accommodation availabilities, in and near the campus, for domestic and international students.  


Student Village Melbourne was on display for the first time on Open Day and will be ready for semester 1, 2016.

The University has partnered with Campus Living Villages (CLV) in a 38-year Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) contract for the facility.  Designed by Architectus and built by Watpac Construction, SVM will offer extensive common room spaces, ground level retail outlets, secure access and staff support 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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