Gillies Hall at Monash University
Timeframe CONSTRUCTED 2018, CompleTED 2019
Gross Internal Floor Area 5,185m²
Capacity/Number of Buildings 152 dwellings
Cost $35 Million
Architect Jackson Clements Burrows Architects
Scope ESD, Passivhaus etc.


Heating Demand 5 kWh/m²a
Heat Load 11W/m²
Frequency of Overheating 7%
Climate Zone Warm Temperate
Airtightness at 50pa 0.5 ach
Primary Energy Demand 131kWh/m²a

The Project

Gillies Hall, at Monash’s Peninsula Campus, is Australia’s largest Passivhaus building and a significant project for Monash University as it moves to deliver on ambitious Net Zero initiative. The new student residence is home to 150 students and is innovative for both the Passivhaus target and CLT structure. The project is fossil fuel free, with no gas use on site, and the extensive rooftop solar plant is expected to cut grid electricity use dramatically. The university expects the building to be at least 3 times more efficient than their other halls of residence, and have half of the embodied carbon compared to a concrete structure.

The project was subject to a fast-tracked delivery programme of just 20 months, successfully delivered using an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) process, modular CLT construction and highly engaged team. Certified by Clare Parry, Grün’s Passivhaus Building Certifier, the building is set to be Monash’s most efficient building.

Providing 150 student apartments plus two staff dwellings, and a range of collaborative and independent study nooks and communal spaces, the project was designed by Jackson Clements Burrows Architects (JCBA). ESD and building services were provided by AECOM.

For more information about the project from JCBA, please follow this link.