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public building in Australia to achieve Passivhaus certification 
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  • Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


  • DesignInc

Project Value

  • AUD $30.1m

Project Status

  • Complete


  • Passivhaus, Living Building Challenge Petal certification (Energy, Equity and Beauty petals), Zero Energy certification


  • 2022 Sustainability Awards: Best Public Building; 2022 Master Builders Victoria Excellence in Construction: Best Sustainable Project, 2023 Victorian Architecture Awards: commendation for Sustainable Architecture
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We have the social agenda and the environmental agenda, and it’s all wrapped up in a beautiful building that is designed to be as sustainable for the planet as it is healthy for people.
Judy Spokes Glenroy Community Hub Coordinator, Merri-bek City Council
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What makes Glenroy Community Hub stand out

Conserving precious resources

Water-efficient fittings and a 200kl underground rainwater tank reduce mainswater use

  • Water-sensitive landscaping reduces flood risk and traps pollutants before they can enter local creeks


Designing for all

Sculptures and murals by local artists celebrate diversity and community connection 

  • Interpretative signage explains sustainability features to help occupants get the best out of the building



Health and wellness

Painted plant motifs throughout the building promote growing, harvesting and sharing fresh food 

  • Building materials carefully specified to avoid harmful chemicals and emissions




Flexible HVAC can act as a low-energy heat-exchanging ventilation system to meet Passivhaus requirements 

  • System can ramp up to enable hub to be center of refuge during extreme heat events