The EcoCentre has been designed and constructed according to strict ‘eco-design’ principles. The sustainable building design involved a total life cycle approach with attention paid to the environmental impacts which occurred during the construction and the ultimate demolition phase of the building, as well as the ongoing impacts of daily operations.
The EcoCentre minimises environmental impacts in a number of ways:
- Solar energy – 23.4 kW system
- Ambient ventilation and lighting
- Rammed earth walls for temperature regulation
- Rainwater harvesting for greywater use
- Wet composting toilets
- Aerated concrete floor panels
- Reconditioned carpets (post-consumer) in a modular design
- Heat and glare reflective ‘smart’ glass
- Minimal environmental impact through design
The EcoCentre is orientated with a north-easterly aspect and follows the contours of the basin shaped site to maximise the preservation of trees during construction and the amount of solar energy that could be captured. The length of the building is correctly aligned with the passage of the overhead sun which assists controlling the internal temperature of the building, resulting in lower energy bills and reduced greenhouse emissions.
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