Australian Hearing Hub

  • Building type: Health Care
  • Product supplied: Building Management and Control System
  • The Australian Hearing Hub is one of the most sustainable buildings in Australia, having achieved a 5 Star Green Star GBCA Office V3 Design rating.

Our client

Located on the Macquarie University campus in Sydney, the Australian Hearing Hub is a world-class research and teaching facility for audiology and hearing science. The building was designed by leading architectural firm Denton Corker Marshall and features a distinctive wave-like roofline intended to echo the sound of waves breaking on a beach.

The building includes an anechoic chamber, lecture theatre, Magneto Encephalograph, and specialist hearing rooms designed to facilitate cutting-edge research. With two separate wings spanning six stories, the Australian Hearing Hub is one of the most extensive research facilities of its kind in the world.

The Australian Hearing Hub is one of the most sustainable buildings in Australia, having achieved a 5 Star Green Star GBCA Office V3 Design rating. The building was designed with sustainability in mind and features a range of environmentally friendly features, such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting, and a green roof.

The building also has extensive landscape planting, which helps to cool the air in summer and reduce noise pollution. The building was also designed to maximise natural ventilation and daylight, reducing its environmental impact.

The Australian Hearing Hub is a significant new addition to the university and is helping to position Macquarie as a world leader in audiology research.


Building requirements

The cutting-edge Australian Hearing Hub facility provides world-class services for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. As such, it was essential that the building featured a state-of-the-art Building Management and Control System (BCMS).

The brief from the project team to ControlWorks was to ensure the BCMS included:

  • A mechanical air conditioning and ventilation control system.
  • Water cooled chillers.
  • Variable primary system.
  • Low-temperature thermal storage.
  • CHW and hot water energy management.
  • Variable air volume boxes.
  • Energy and water metering and management.
  • 5-Star Greenstar rating.

In addition, the BCMS was required to support approximately 5,000 BMCS points to ensure an optimal environment.


Our BMS solution

The new building management control system for the Australian Hearing Hub was installed by Controlworks and is now operational.

With over 5,000 BMCS points connected to the system, the Tridium framework provides comprehensive coverage of the building's critical systems and equipment.

The system will play an essential role in ensuring the efficient operation of the building and its facilities and providing a safe and comfortable environment for occupants.

The system is also connected to the campus wide Tridium BMCS, which allows for centralised monitoring and control of all building systems.

This installation is a vital part of maintaining the high standards of the Australian Hearing Hub and ensures that occupants can benefit from a safe and comfortable environment.


The result

The Australian Hearing Hub is one of Australia's most technologically advanced buildings. The Hub was designed by internationally acclaimed architects to provide a world-class facility for research, teaching and public outreach relating to hearing loss and auditory health.

One of the most impressive features of the Hub is its highly efficient HVAC system, which was installed by ControlWorks.

The system maintains a comfortable indoor environment while minimising energy consumption. Additionally, the system was designed to reduce noise levels, making it ideal for use in a research environment.

The installation of the new BMCS is a significant milestone in the ongoing development of the Australian Hearing Hub campus and reinforces ControlWorks’ commitment to providing world-class BMCS solutions.


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