The embedded technology and assistive technology solutions that have been selected also support U-City’s sustainability goals. Sensor technology is used extensively throughout the building, for example, to manage lighting and heating and ventilation systems depending on occupancy levels. Other high-performance sustainable features include an embedded electricity network, a 55-kilowatt solar PV array on the roof, gas-boosted solar hot water provision, natural ventilation throughout all living spaces, double glazing, and shading features on the facade.
These initiatives have resulted in the award of a 6-Star Green Star design rating for the development from The Green Building Council of Australia, with the design scoring a total of 84.9 out of a possible 100. U-City has been recognised as South Australia’s ‘greenest’ building design to date, predicted to use 45 per cent less energy and 30 per cent less water than a comparable new building.