Monash University has opened Gillies Hall, a new six level, 150-bed residential accommodation complex on its Peninsula Campus in Frankston. Delivered by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, Multiplex and AECOM, it is the first large-scale building in the country to achieve Passive House certification and showcases the University's commitment to deliver first-class student accommodation while achieving Net Zero emissions for its operations.
The cross-laminated timber structure is expected to have halved the carbon emissions associated with construction relative to a concrete structure and will remain as a carbon store for the life of the building.
Through features including rooftop solar panels and all-electric building services, the complex is 100% renewable powered through Monash’s power purchase agreement (PPA) with Murra Warra wind farm.
The building also incorporates a rainwater harvesting tank and water sensitive urban design, including the creation of a landscaped dry-creek bed that provides additional opportunities for recreation, manages stormwater flows and connects into the natural waterways of the campus.
The hall is named in honour of Monash alumnus – loved and respected political satirist, actor and director, Dr Max Gillies AM.