Buildings & Campus

Construction and refurbishment projects are an opportunity to provide healthy and regenerative places for learning and work that minimise the use of natural resources. The Environmental Sustainability Plan 2019-21 establishes minimum standards for new buildings and refurbishment projects, and our Capital Projects Sustainability Framework provides guidance to project teams on UNSW’s approach to delivering outstanding sustainability performance in a way that is an expression of the unique character and history of our campuses. We aim to improve utilisation of existing space and provide flexible spaces that can be adapted for future changes in use.


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