Designing future proof buildings through nanotechnology
Bridging academia, industry, and government, we develop nano-enabled smart solutions to create sustainable and net zero buildings.
The Smart Sustainable Building Network (SSB) connects expertise at the University of Sydney in Engineering and Sciences with academics in Architecture, Design & Planning, Law, Business and Health to focus on global and national building sustainability priorities. Our multi-disciplinary research teams functionalise building envelopes through integration of nanotechnology, utilise smart nanosensors and filters for an improved indoor environment experience and leverage innovation of the nanoscale to increase the building energy efficiency as well to reduce construction cost and enable circular constructions.
The SSB Network is structured in two categories, 'Smart Building Blocks' and 'Sustainable Building Management', comprising seven clusters with complementary research priorities:
Applying the advantages of nanomaterials and nanostructured surfaces, the cluster creates solutions for building surfaces. Smart facades, roofs and windows become self-cleaning, control temperature, reduce noise and harvest and storage energy.
The cluster tackles efficiency challenges associated with energy, cost and time consumption for both building construction and operation developing innovative nanomaterials and applying efficient design principles to create low carbon buildings.
The cluster combines cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning algorithms with embedded smart sensors to design automated building systems and optimise functionality and energy consumption of the building operation. The team will shorten sensor design cycles which in turn maximise the design diversity of the next generation of smart sustainable building.
The cluster aims to enhance energy efficiency in construction while minimising generation of building construction/operation wastes and significantly reducing the amount of virgin materials. This includes analysis of life cycle data of building structures using nano sensor technology. The team will focus on hybrid manufacturing and circular & sustainable construction.
This cluster will focus on designing a virtual Carbon Neutral Building that is water and energy efficient, has improved air, light, acoustics, and product finishes, promotes physical activity, reduces waste, and considers climate change and environmental impacts in construction and operation.
The cluster will measure sustainability through the Living Building Challenge imperatives and 6-Star Green Star Rating accreditation, and define market transformation and advocate government legislative requirements.
Cluster Chair: Nicole Marchhart and Dr Katherine Owens