The Learning Buildings Research Group (LBRG) housed in the Glenn Department of Civil Engineering at Clemson University embarked on an amazing opportunity to participate in the SEB-18 (Sustainability in Energy and Buildings) Conference in Gold Coast, Australia, and to visit various universities between the Gold Coast and Sydney during June and July of 2018.
It is the LBRG’s philosophy that adaptability is the essential characteristic of sustainable, resilient, and relevant infrastructure. Thus, the trip was enhanced with special trips to build and continue academic relationships with researchers and professionals also pursuing sustainability- and resilience-related studies at University of Wollongong (UOW) in New South Wales, University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and Bond University in Queensland.
The team visited the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre (SBRC) at UOW and received an insightful tour by Professor Paul Cooper of their 6 Star Green Star Design-rated facility (highest possible sustainability rating from Green Building Council Australia). The facility is also on track to being Australia’s first building to be certified by the Living Building Challenge, which is the world’s most stringent rating system for sustainability for buildings.Anna Becker, Zoraya Rockow and Dr. Brandon Ross gave six presentations, published two papers in conference proceedings, visited three Universities, gave a workshop for members of Australian building construction industry, and networked with countless researchers, students, and professionals.
Dr. Brandon E. Ross, PE Zoraya R. Rockow, PMP Anna K Becker, EIT