The Griffith University EcoCentre opened on World Environment Day, 5 June 2001 and is nestled within the Toohey Forest on Nathan campus.
The EcoCentre was designed and constructed to strict ‘eco-design’ principles. This involved a total life cycle approach focussed on the environmental impacts during construction, ongoing daily operations and demolition phases.
The design of the building is in line with a key principle of sustainability - the need to live more lightly on the Earth, and serves to educate our community. The EcoCentre minimises environmental impacts through:
- use of solar energy
- ambient ventilation and lighting
- rammed earth walls for temperature regulation
- rainwater collection for greywater functions
- carpets - reconditioned (post-consumer) modular carpet system
- wet composting toilets
- aerated concrete floor panels
- heat and glare reflective smart glass.
In 2011 the EcoCentre celebrated its 10th birthday. Over 150,000 people have visited the centre since its opening. In that time a wide range of people and organisations have participated in environmental education activities, exhibitions and launches or attended seminars and workshops including:
- International visitors
- School children
- Conference delegates
- Industry representatives
- General public
- Community groups