Friday, October 25th, 2013

RMIT University has won the Infrastructure and Buildings category in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 for their Swanston Academic Building (SAB).

The SAB was developed to meet a changing academic environment. It provides a world-class facility, comprising some 35,000m2 of floor space over 12 levels, as home to 850 academic and administration staff and 6000 students.

Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulated the RMIT team for their innovative work in developing their Swanston Academic Building as a leading-edge learning and teaching environment.

"RMIT is strongly committed to transforming its own built environment to help create sustainable and resilient cities, and to demonstrate leadership excellence in sustainable design and innovation," he said.

"The building, which is a Swanston Street icon, has deservedly been awarded a Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) 5-star Green Star Education Rating for environmentally sustainable design and stands as a showcase for integrating sustainability features in outstanding design. "

Now in their eleventh year, the Premier’s Sustainability Awards celebrate efficient use of water, resources and energy, better waste management and recycling practices, the enhancement of the environment and effective, practical community action.

Overall winner for the night, recipient of the Premier’s Recognition Award, was a project by Moonee Valley City Council and Wingate Avenue Community Centre for introducing recycling to a community housing estate.

For the first time in the awards' history, the Premier also chose Victoria Carpets as the winner of the inaugural Premier's Regional Recognition Award.

The full list of winners of the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2013 are:

  • Innovative Products or Services Award - ModWood Technologies for development of Flame Shield®, a wood-plastic composite for building in bushfire areas
  • Infrastructure and Buildings Award - RMIT University for their Swanston Academic Building: a progressive tertiary learning environment
  • Small and Medium Enterprises AwardRae-Line for embedding sustainability practices in manufacturing soft trim components for trucks
  • Large Business AwardVictoria Carpets for their work in energy and emissions reduction in their Bendigo plant

Photographs from the Awards dinner and more information on the winners are available at  To arrange interviews or for further media information contact Cath Newell on 0423 587 478.

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