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The Sir Llew Edwards Building architecture and construction team of Richard Kirk ArchitectML Design and Watpac Construction, have been awarded the following prestigious architecture and building industry awards in recognition of the state-of-the-art teaching and learning premises including:

  • 2009: Brisbane Regional Architecture Awards – Commendation for Public Architecture (Richard Kirk Architect & ML Design)
  • 2009: Master Builder Association Brisbane Housing & Construction Awards – Residential Building (High-Rise Over 3 Stories) over $60M, Health & Education Facilities over $15M & Residential Building 30-60M (Watpac Construction)
  • 2009: Australian Institute of Building – Professional Excellence Award – Queensland State Winner (Watpac Construction)
  • 2009: Australian Institute of Building – Professional Excellence Award – National Winner (Watpac Construction)
  • 2009: Australian Institute of Architects State Awards – FDG Stanley Award for Public Architecture – top public building in Queensland Award (Richard Kirk Architect & ML Design)
  • 2009: Cement and Concrete Association of Australia (CCAA) Public Domain Award (Richard Kirk Architect & ML Design)
  • 2008: Illuminating Engineer Society Design Awards of Excellence x 2 (Richard Kirk Architect & ML Design)

The Sir Llew Edwards Building, in which ICTE-UQ is located, features a number of smart technologies based on ecologically sustainable principles to minimise water and energy consumption.

Energy saving features

  • Natural light maximising building design
  • 10kW or approx 100m² of solar roof panels generating grid electricity
  • Computerised external solar blind system to minimise heating and air conditioning energy use
  • Energy efficient light fittings throughout the building
  • Automatic controls/movement sensors for internal lighting and air-conditioning to minimise energy consumption
  • Tinted glass on all external windows with some areas fitted-out in lowemissivity (low-E) or double glazing to minimise heat gains and control glare
  • Energy consumption metering.

Water saving features

  • Two 110,000 litre underground rainwater tanks to collect rainwater and condensation from the main roof area to cater for use on non-potable water fixtures within and irrigation external to the building
  • Efficient water fixtures including waterless urinals used in conjunction with low flow taps
  • Water metering to allow monitoring of consumption.

In addition all construction materials and finishes, where possible, were selected on the basis that they have low embodied energy and are environmentally friendly.