Buildings & Campus

Through the planning and management of our campuses we aim to provide healthy and regenerative places for learning and work where people can connect with nature.

This focus area includes how we plan, develop and manage our campuses – activities led by Estate Management in collaboration with students and staff across UNSW faculties and divisions, consultants, contractors, government bodies, local organisations and the wider community.

We aim to repurpose and improve utilisation of existing spaces to reduce the need for new construction, and when new assets are required to minimise use of natural resources in construction. Our approach is underpinned by minimum standards for new buildings and refurbishments. We seek to deliver environmentally sustainable design while providing flexibility to choose the tools best suited to each project.


Embed leading environmental sustainability principles and practices throughout the planning and operation of our buildings and campuses


  • Design and build new buildings to minimum 5* Green Star Design & As Built or equivalent and 5.5* NABERS Energy equivalent by 2022.
  • Ensure no net loss in tree canopy cover compared to the 2018 baseline.


  • Establish and implement a framework to embed sustainability best practices into the Estate Improvement and Estate Development programs.
  • Ensure all planting schemes use a minimum 70% indigenous species, with a preference for drought-resistant species.
  • Implement one initiative each year to benefit the natural environment, biodiversity or urban agriculture.
  • Establish a life-cycle Building Information Modelling (BIM) strategy and roadmap.
  • Design new buildings to be zero emissions in operation