Australia to Build First Zero-Emission Teaching Facility

20 June 2010 (Last Updated June 20th, 2010 18:30)

Australia's Griffith University has announced a cash injection of A$21m towards building the country's first zero-emission and self-powering teaching and research building, which will be driven by solar-powered hydrogen energy. The new Sir Samuel Griffith Building has an estimated cost

Australia's Griffith University has announced a cash injection of A$21m towards building the country's first zero-emission and self-powering teaching and research building, which will be driven by solar-powered hydrogen energy.

The new Sir Samuel Griffith Building has an estimated cost of A$32m (US$27m) and has received A$21m (US$18m) funds from the Federal Government.

The six-storey building will generate its own energy using solar-powered hydrogen energy.

The scheme will serve as a pilot project for applying sustainable power supply in urban settings.

The building's façade is clad in glass solar panels and recycled building materials are being used in construction, the university said in a statement.