The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has approved the $4 million Currambine Community Centre’s environmentally and financially sustainable design, making the City of Joondalup the first local municipality in Western Australia to achieve a 4 Star Green Star – Public Building PILOT rating.
Work on Currambine Community Centre is expected to be completed in October and the facility will be located in one of the fastest growing areas in Australia, in the northwest region of Perth’s CBD.
Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard expressed great pride over the award, which demonstrates the city’s commitment to setting the environmental sustainability practices standards for local government in WA.
In 2011, the City was named the World’s Most Liveable City at the UN-backed annual International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) for its healthy lifestyle opportunities. Last year, at the United Nations Association of Australia World Environment Day Awards in Melbourne, the City won the Local Government – Excellence in Overall Environmental Management category.
“Wherever practicable, the City improves the eco-efficiency of its buildings and facilities by implementing environmentally sustainable design principles into the construction, renovation and retro-fitting of all building assets,” Pickard said.
The Currambine Community Centre project includes several environmentally efficient features such as rain water recycling, passive solar design and photovoltaic panels, energy efficient lighting and low water consumption appliances.
“Making small changes within our control is how we can make a measurable contribution to preserving and enhancing our local environment. It’s doing what we can locally to be part of the response to a global issue like environmental sustainability,” Pickard said.
The building adheres to the city’s sustainable principles which include, the use of renewable and low energy technologies for lighting, heating and cooling; increasing water efficiency and encouraging water re-use for buildings and landscaping; selecting sustainable building materials; reducing the amount of waste that is created during construction stages; and using water-wise and native gardening techniques.
Green Star-rated buildings such as the Currambine Community Centre have lower operating costs than traditional buildings and can save local governments – and ratepayers – thousands of dollars per year in energy and water bills, as they are designed for higher levels of energy and water efficiency.
“We congratulate the City of Joondalup for showing true leadership and a commitment to better long-term financial and environmental outcomes,” said GBCA chief executive Romilly Madew.
“This Green Star rating provides the community of Joondalup with independent verification that their new building will save money, reduce consumption of precious resources, and provide a healthy, productive space for the community to enjoy.”
The Community Centre will feature a youth centre, a playgroup for kids and parents, an activities room for fitness classes and a main hall for functions.
A park will be constructed next to the centre that will include an amphitheatre, barbecue and picnic area, children’s playground and parkland.