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energy demand. Lighting is
efficient, sensored and zoned.
The production and use of
energy, water use and recycling
are all monitored and publicly
displayed at the new entry foyer.
A large photovoltaic panel
array located on the roof and
façade are displayed as an
educational tool, as well as
generating renewable power
for the building. The design
features recycled and recyclable
materials, low emissions finishes
and sustainably sourced natural
products in paints, carpets,
linoleum, vitrified tiles, eco blinds,
PET pinboards, forest timbers
and eco wool fabrics, among
From a social and economic
perspective, TAFE NSW is
showcasing sustainable initiatives
as a key factor in the educational
internal layouts of the units have
been skillfully reorganized to
improve availability of light and
ventilation to the living areas,
and to facilitate direct natural
cross-ventilation and improved
The existing building is around
50 years old and the upgrade
will extend the life cycle of
this building with improved
amenity for its occupants, to
the streetscape and to the
This project demonstrates
the architectural potential of
recycling a disused structure
and in showcasing sustainability
initiatives through increased
public awareness and education.
The new building is in stark
contrast to its earlier and non-
sustainable form as cast in
collective memory. Modeling,
ESD reporting and analysis were
utilized throughout the design
process to maximise the existing
thermal mass and reduce energy
demands, with high performance
glazing complementing the
better utilised sun-shading
An innovative building
management system engages
and educates occupants with
a green-to-red warning light
system, indicating the possibility
of using natural ventilation when
external conditions allow. User
controlled comfort and transient
zones significantly reduce the
This project demonstrates
an approach to sustainability
that explores the potential for
adaptive reuse as a fundamental
design strategy. The early
decision to retain the existing
fabric and to make changes only
where necessary to improve the
existing design is a hallmark of
this scheme.
The existing footprint has
been retained, and the amount
of permeable landscape has
been increased, with open
space around the building
made available for use by
the occupants. Landscaping
and external works have also
been carefully redesigned to
encourage social interaction with
the community.
The majority of the red textured
brickwork and roof have
been retained. Windows have
been updated with higher
performance replacements
within the same openings. The
Photography: Simon Whitbread
Photography: Brigid Arnott
Cameraygal (formerly Dunbar building)
NSW Government Architect’s Office
David Boyle Architect