Gillies Hall at Monash University

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  • Building Type : Student residence
  • Construction Year : 2018
  • Delivery year : 2019
  • Address 1 - street : 47-49 Frankston-Flinders Road 3199 FRANKSTON, Other countries
  • Climate zone : [Cfb] Marine Mild Winter, warm summer, no dry season.

  • Net Floor Area : 5 185 m2
  • Construction/refurbishment cost : 21 100 000 €
  • Number of Dwelling : 152 Dwelling
  • Cost/m2 : 4069.43 €/m2

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Certifications :

  • Primary energy need
    61 kWhpe/m2.year
    (Calculation method : )
Energy consumption
Economical buildingBuilding
< 50A
51 à 90B
91 à 150C
151 à 230D
231 à 330E
331 à 450F
> 450G
Energy-intensive building

Gillies Hall, at Monash’s Peninsula Campus, is Australia’s largest Passivhaus building and a significant project for Monash University as it moves to deliver on the ambitious Net Zero initiative. The new student residence is home to 150 students and is innovative for both the Passivhaus target and CLT structure. The project is fossil fuel free, with no gas use on site, and the extensive rooftop solar plant is expected to cut grid electricity use dramatically. The university expects the building to be at least 3 times more efficient than their other halls of residence, and have half of theem bodied carbon compared to the industry-standard concrete structure.

The project was subject to a fast-tracked delivery programme of just 20 months, successfully delivered using an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process, modular CLT construction and highly engaged team. Certified by Clare Parry at Grün Consulting, the buildingis set to be Monash’s most efficient building.

In addition to rainwater harvesting and water sensitive urban design, the project also includes a landscaped dry-creek bed created to provide additional opportunities for recreation, manage stormwater flows during highrain events, and connect into the natural waterways of the campus.

Providing 150 student apartments plus two staff dwellings, and a range of collaborative and independent study nooks and communal spaces, the project was designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCBA) and built by Multiplex. ESD and building services were provided by AECOM.

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Photo credit

All photos copyright Peter Clarke and Jackson Clement Burrows Architects


Construction Manager


    Thermal consultancy agency


    Nick Bamford


    Passive House and ESD consulting, Building Services, Structural & Fire Engineering

Contracting method

Other methods

If you had to do it again?

The project was very successful, and utilised an open communication protocol. If we did it again, we would push local suppliers and sub-contractors further to develop local products for this type of high-efficiency products and services.

Energy consumption

  • 61,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • 200,00 kWhpe/m2.year
  • Whole of building use, with solar offset on site

Envelope performance

  • 0,25 W.m-2.K-1
  • Cross laminated timber with external insulation

  • 1,20
  • 0,53

More information

Currently being monitored, since Jan 2019


    • No heating system
    • Heat pump
    • No cooling system
    • Double flow heat exchanger
    • Solar photovoltaic
    • Other, specify
    • Heat pump
  • 100,00 %
  • 60 kWp solar PV installed on roof, with remaining renewable energy demand from off-site systems

    Passivhaus design to optimise free heating (solar and capture of internal heat gains) using heat recovery and high-efficiency envelope

Urban environment

    Outer urban fringe location. The project also includes a landscaped dry-creek bedcreated to provide additional opportunities for recreation, manage stormwaterflows during high rain events, and connect into the natural waterways of thecampus.


    Maxi flat 2000

    Zehnder - Paul


    Génie climatique, électricité / Ventilation, rafraîchissement

Construction and exploitation costs

  • $34000000


    Daylight modelling completed to ensure provision of daylight autonomy with installed windows and extensive shading

    Per Passivhaus principles, expected to remain below 600ppm


    Per Passivhaus principles, optimised thermal comfort to ISO 7730 guidelines. Maintained between 20-25degC with ceiling fans, modelled to achieve this for 99.9% hours


    Engineered to deliver acoustic comfort in line with Passivhaus requirements

Reasons for participating in the competition(s)

​This building is part of the Monash University Net Zero initiative. Health and comfort, as well as economical and sustainable structure are a combined focus.

Carbon emissions are reduced by half thanks to cross-laminated timber. The Gillies Hall is the most energy efficient building ever built in the Monash University. By using rooftop solar panels and an all-electric thermal plant it is also 100 per cent renewable through its use .

Building candidate in the category

Energy & Temperate Climates

Energy & Temperate Climates

Low Carbon

Low Carbon

Health & Comfort

Health & Comfort

Users' Choice

Users' Choice

Green Solutions Awards 2019 - Buildings

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