One of the most important genetic banks in Australia, the Australian Grains Genebank (AGG) is designed to store 200,000 seed strains for up to 100 years.
The facility is also used for processing seed and seed requests, and includes a packaging and receiving area, freezers operating at -20 degrees Celsius, drying facilities, administration areas and a multipurpose educational foyer space to accommodate visiting groups. The facility allows Australia to operate and exchange with a network of similar seed banks that operates internationally.
Showcasing innovation in design, materials and technology, the building’s double skin freezer design has an inner ‘esky’ box of insulated panels, contained within an outer red cedar clad layer.
This design ensures that the freezers operate with less imposed load and reduce the energy consumption and operating costs of the facility. Efficiency is further achieved by a robust, efficient and environmentally responsible mechanical system, to service the freezer requirements of the facility.