Introducing Australia’s first passive house community centre


Moreland City Council has cut the ribbon for Australia’s first Passive House certified community centre, the Glenroy Community Hub created by Designinc.

The $30.1 million center features a library, customer service center, children’s center and a range of community services, as well as new public art and a garden. The entire center was built for Passive House and Living Building Challenge certifications.

“You can borrow a book from the library, take your child to daycare, get health care and more—all in a beautifully designed zero-energy building,” says Mark Riley, Mayor of Moreland.

“We are really proud of our collaboration with DesignInc and Building Engineering to pioneer environmental design standards for public buildings in Australia. The Glenroy Community Hub is designed for today and for generations to come.”

The new center is on the site of the former Glenroy Primary School, which is channelized through the incorporation of red brick features throughout the youth area. Twice the size of its predecessor, the library features a recording studio, youth zone, and study rooms.

Adjacent to the adjacent Bridget Shortell Reserve is a landscaped rain garden. There is outdoor seating for guests, as well as covered bike parking and electric car charging stations. Three public artworks were commissioned for the hub, created by Isadora Vaughn, Barkindji artist Kent Morris, and Ali Sanderson and Starlie Geikie.

To find out more about Glenroy Community Centre, click here.


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