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Glenroy Community Hub

The Glenroy Community Hub is an integrated community health and lifelong learning centre to support, educate and inspire people of all ages. With the Glenroy library at its heart, the building is home to community services run both by Council, and community organisations.

Glenroy Community Hub is Australia’s first passive house public building and achieves Living Building Challenge Petal certification – two of the most difficult-to-achieve international sustainable design standards.

The project is a net positive energy building, with 125% of energy needs met via solar and storage.

Its airtight and thermally-efficient building envelope largely eliminates heating and cooling bills and keeps the building comfortable year-round. A 150 KL underground rainwater tank reduces mains water use and provides water for flushing toilets and watering the garden. Sustainable transport initiatives include bike parks and electric vehicle charging spots.

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Award winner

The Glenroy Community Hub won two Master Builders Association Awards. The contractor, Building Engineering, won the Best Sustainable Project Award and the Award for Excellence in Construction of Commercial Buildings in the $20m – $30m category. The Hub was hailed “as a demonstration of the City of Merri-bek’s commitment to world-leading, sustainable design”.

Winner of the Public Buildings Category at the by Architecture and Design 2022 Sustainability Awards.


The Living Building Challenge is the most rigorous benchmark of sustainability in the built environment. It challenges building projects to create a positive impact on their site, while operating as beautifully and efficiently as a flower.

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The Passive House approach empowers us to build better. It creates durable, resilient buildings that slash heating energy use by as much as 90% and dramatically reduce operational carbon emissions.

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The Hub has many sustainable features such as rainwater gardens, rainwater tanks, bike racks, electric car charging, community garden, and artworks by local artists.

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