Tyree Energy Technologies Building: sustainable energy research

The $123.5 million Tyree Energy Technologies Building (TETB) has been designed to provide a space where research, education and industry can collaborate to develop and then practically implement sustainable energy technologies.

The TETB has received a 6 Star Green Star Design rating, awarded by the Green Building Council of Australia, making it the fourth 6 Star education facility
in Australia and a first for UNSW. This accreditation represents world leadership in environmentally sustainable building practices.


The TETB was supported by $75m in funding under the federal government’s Education Investment Fund. 
The building has been named after Sir William Tyree, a UNSW alumnus, successful innovator, businessman and major philanthropic supporter of Australian engineering and educational research. Sir William generously donated $1 million towards the new centre and pledged a further bequest of $10 million.

The TETB project was completed on 11 January 2012. The relocation of 250 UNSW personnel along with the transfer of 17 teaching and research laboratories was successfully completed on 27 January 2012.

  • Outstanding Construction Award - Master Builders Association (NSW) 2012
  • National Public Buildings Award (over $50mil) - Master Builders Association Awards 2012
  • Tertiary Buildings (over $50mil) - Master Builder Association Awards 2012
  • Public Buildings Category - Randwick City Urban Design Awards 2013
  • Sustainability Category - Randwick City Urban Design Awards 2013
  • Finalist, UN World Environment Day Award 2013
  • 3rd place, Green Dot Awards LA, USA 2013
  • Teaching/Mixed Use Laboratory Award - UK S-Lab Awards for Excellence in Laboratory Design, Management and Operation 2015. 
  • Create a new home for the Australian Energy Research Institute (AERI) incorporating teaching.  
  • Create laboratories to support the ongoing research of UNSW researchers in world record-breaking solar photovoltaic technologies, sustainable clean fuels, smart grids, energy storage, energy economics and policy analysis
  • Provide an educational hub for undergraduate and postgraduate students, providing an optimal learning environment for the expert engineers and analysts who will shape our energy future
  • Accommodate and showcase cutting edge research in clean energy including photo-voltaics, carbon capture and storage. 

Additionally, the TETB project will provide an external sporting recreational area incorporating a half court basketball court, eight practice cricket wickets with associated netting and a synthetic grass futsal soccer court.

Key design features
  • The TETB consists of five levels totalling approximately 15,000 square metres
  • The building incorporates administrative spaces, teaching and learning spaces, engineering workshops, engineering display spaces, a café, and research areas including laboratories
  • The roof of the building incorporates photovoltaic cells for the testing of research and development work as well as contributing to the energy input requirements of the facility
  • A central atrium space uses access stairs and pedestrian bridges to connect the floor levels. This increases the visual and physical interconnection and enhances the collaborative nature of the design.

 TETB outside shot  TETB internal shot

Project Contact

UNSW Senior Project Manager
Joe Santangelo, email: j.santangelo@unsw.edu.au