Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre
The redevelopment of Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre is in line with the Darebin City Council’s ambitious sustainability strategy. Darebin was the first government of any kind in the world to declare a climate emergency. Committing to taking action to achieve a long-term vision for net-zero emissions.
The Northcote Aquatic and Recreation Centre targets 6-Star Green Star Certification and is the first fully electric aquatic center in Victoria. To achieve this, Integral Group designed heating and cooling for the facility eliminating the need for gas or other fossil fuels, powered, in part, by a large solar array. The design integrates energy storage into the thermal systems, and heat recovery on all ventilation systems.
The facility will use recycled rain and greywater on-site and provide electric vehicle charging for visitors. This system will be fully integrated into a beautiful architectural design using timber for the primary structure in the pool halls and other areas.
Balancing the costs of an electric facility presented a unique challenge for this project. Through robust analysis, the design team was able to show that incurring the capital cost of electrification now would yield a reduction in energy costs and carbon emissions over time.