University of Queenland’s Global Change Institute


The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute (GCI) has established national and international leadership in many issues associated with global change. It will provide a vehicle for collaborative research, learning, engagement and advocacy in major global change issues.


The recently completed GCI building, is a unique construction incorporating REHAU concrete core tempering technology, a cutting edge heating/cooling technology using thermal mass to control temperature within a building. Installed by leading RAIN (REHAU Authorised Installer Network) Contractor, Inner City Hydronics from Melbourne. Inner City Hydronic director James Barham explains:


“Installing the REHAU pipe work in the prefabricated concrete beams  in Brisbane was precise, coordinated and planned to perfection. We are extremely proud of this project and it reinforces our ability to complete projects of this nature Australia wide.”


The hydraulic and mechanical design was completed by REHAU’s Advanced Design Service in collaboration with Inner City Hydronics, mechanical design firm Medland Metropolis and architectural juggernaut, Hassell.


For concrete core tempering to be effective false ceiling need to be eliminated to enable exposure of the tempered concrete. The designers at Hassell have transcended these boundaries to create an architectural marvel as it provides a unique insight into incorporating concrete core tempering whilst complimenting the overall aesthetic beauty of the timber infused interior design.


The motto of the GCI project is a testament to the value brought forward by this revolutionary building: “To foster discovery, learning and engagement by creating, applying and transferring knowledge for innovative and integrated solutions to address the challenges of a changing world”.


Installer James Barham, Inner City Hydronics
Designer Hassell
Collaborators Arup, Bligh Tanner, Medland Metropolis
Customer University of Queensland
Component Concrete Core Tempering