Yallah Tafe

Public And Community

Jones Nicholson’s Building Services teams were engaged to design the Resilient and Sustainable Buildings (RRSB)-Transformational Technical Training (TTT) Facility which was a joint venture between TAFE Illawarra and University of Wollongong.

The RRSB-TTT Facility was designed to achieve 5-star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia and aims to be one of the first in Australia to achieve Living Building Challenge certification with its “net zero energy” and “net zero water” claim.

Our teams incorporated ecologically sustainable development (ESD) principles into all aspects of this two level, 1100m2 training and research facility including the open plan and modular offices, informal and formal learning spaces, building simulation and tutorial spaces.

Building Services contributed to this achievement through:

  • Rain water reuse to provide water for irrigation and amenities flushing. Rainwater was also used for hand cleaning and wash down. Potable water was provided for areas of consumption such tea areas and kitchens.
  • Heat reclaim provisions consisting of air-to-air heat exchanges to pre-treat the high outside air volumes dictated by the respective occupancy rates, resulting in reduced plant and equipment sizes and consequently reduced energy consumption. The benefits are equally achieved during both summer and winter operation.
  • Locally sourced materials (reduced carbon footprint) including Australian made LED lighting throughout.
  • Complex lighting control system to reduce electrical consumption and increase sustainability.


Client: The University of Wollongong

Architect: Graham Bell and Bowman Architects

Construction: Edwards Construction