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The major challenges involved building a six-star facility on the chosen site on a limited budget with a variety of site constraints and user requirements. The size of the site and the orientation made it difficult to situate the building, especially with protected trees on the landscape. Most of these challenges were overcome by good building design and value management sessions intended to align scope and budget.  The main thing that made this project a success was that the consultants/clients and builder were all working together, and kept a ‘keep it simple’ approach – using basic building principles and uncomplicated technology to achieve the result. The Frank Fenner Building guarantees a comfortable interior temperature, thanks to passive ventilation and control of heating and cooling. It supplies 150% more outside fresh air than what the current Australian standards dictate, minimises off-gassing of pollutants into the office space from building materials and products, and maximises natural lighting and external views. www.fennerschool.anu.edu.au/about-us

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