Gillies Hall at Monash University

  • by Clare Parry
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  • 2019-06-04 00:32:28
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  • International
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  • 3650 / EN
  • 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 €
  • Cost/m2 : 4069.43 €/m2

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Certifications :

  • Primary energy need :
    61 kWhpe/m2.year
    (Calculation method : Primary energy needs )
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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Data reliability

3rd part certified

Photo credit

All photos copyright Peter Clarke and Jackson Clement Burrows Architects



    Danielle Savio

Construction Manager

    Monash University

    Rob Brimblecombe


    Certification company

    Grün Consulting

    Clare Parry

    Passive House Building Certifier


    Jackson Clement Burrows Architects

    Simon Topliss


    Thermal consultancy agency


    Nick Bamford

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

Contracting method

Other methods

Owner approach of sustainability

Energy and the technology it powers has become fundamental toour ever increasing quality of life.

But if we keep doing things the way we’ve always done, we’regoing to cause irreversible damage to our environment. It’s not sustainable,and it’s not fair to future generations.

We want to do more than live in a world where our planet canthrive – we want to help create it. That’s why we’re taking ambitious climateaction at Monash University.

Our goal? Net zero carbon emissions by 2030

Jointly developed with ClimateWorks Australia, ourstrategy encompasses five key pillars: energy efficiency measures, campuselectrification, addressing our residual emissions through offsetting,deployment of on-site and off-site renewable energy, and a sustainableMicrogrid, all with the aim of achieving net zero emissions for Monash's builtenvironment by 2030.

Architectural description

The project delivers a new student accommodation building comprising 150 student beds in the form of studio apartments, two apartments for residential support, and common spaces to support the whole campus residential community (250 people approx.) Meeting the aspirations of Monash Residential Services and delivering the high level pastoral care model that has defined on campus accommodation at Monash University.

As Australia’s largest cross laminated timber (CLT) buildingto achieve Passive House Certification, the CLT panels halve the amount of embodied carbon compared with typical concrete construction; to help Monash University achieve its “net zero” carbon target by 2030. 

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
  • Primary energy needs

    Whole of building use, with solar offset on site

    Currently being monitored, since Jan 2019

Envelope performance

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

  • 1,20
  • n50

  • 0,53


    • 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

Health & Comfort

    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


    ComfoAir XL 4400


    HVAC, électricité / ventilation, cooling

    ComfoAir XL 3300


    HVAC, électricité / ventilation, cooling

    Maxi flat 2000

    Zehnder - Paul

    HVAC, électricité / ventilation, cooling

    Maxiflat 600

    Zehnder - Paul

    HVAC, électricité / ventilation, cooling

Construction and exploitation costs

  • $34000000

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.

Parking spaces

No parking

Building Environmental Quality

  • Building flexibility
  • indoor air quality and health
  • biodiversity
  • consultation - cooperation
  • acoustics
  • comfort (visual, olfactive, thermal)
  • water management
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energies
  • maintenance
  • integration in the land
  • products and materials

Contest categories

Energy & Temperate Climates

Energy & Temperate Climates

Low Carbon

Low Carbon

Health & Comfort

Health & Comfort

Users' Choice

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