MC² Puts Sustainability in the Equation

Date: 
22 Aug 2012

Sustainability has been at the forefront of the development of Council’s new community facility located at 687 Doncaster Road, Doncaster, adjacent to the Civic Centre.

Aptly named MC² (Manningham City Square) to reflect the formula for determining energy, this new facility has many innovative design features aimed at achieving best practice sustainability outcomes.

Energy will be delivered to the facility through the building’s natural gas fired trigeneration plant, a first for local government in Australia, which will supply energy efficient electricity, heating and cooling to the new building - approximately 60 to 70 per cent of MC²’s energy requirements.

The building aims to achieve a 5 Star Green Star Design Rating signifying ‘Australian excellence’ in green building design and aims to achieve a National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) 5 Star energy and water rating.

Some of the building’s other key sustainable design features include:

  • Building performance: an interactive building monitoring system that tracks and displays energy and water use information via two screens located within the building.
  • Energy conservation: a highly insulated building fabric, high performance glazing, thermal chimneys to release hot air from the building, a solar hot water system, and intelligent lighting and air conditioning systems and controls are all energy saving features that will result in a significant reduction in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Water conservation: a dedicated pipe capable of supplying recycled water for toilet flushing, water efficient fixtures and appliances and a 58,000 litre rainwater tank for irrigation.
  • Indoor environment quality: improved natural light into the building through windows and skylights, use of low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) paints, and carpets and furniture coverings which reduce the amount of pollutants within the building.
  • Transport: pedestrian links and wayfinding signage, adjacent SmartBus stop and bicycle parking.

External environmental features include a cascading stormwater treatment thatretains 80 per cent of runoff on site, supports plant growth, reduces downstream runoff and improves the health of waterways.

Two raingardens filter stormwater from the rooftop terrace level and forecourt of MC² to remove litter and pollutants before they enter the drainage system. By removing litter and pollutants close to where they are generated, negative impacts on downstream drainage and natural systems are minimised.

Manningham Mayor, Cr Geoff Gough, said “Manningham City Square will demonstrate to the community how we can dramatically and cost-effectively reduce our carbon footprint and work towards a more sustainable tomorrow.”

The sustainability initiatives of MC² were supported by funding from the Australian Government under the Green Precincts Program and Sustainability Victoria under its Smart Energy Zones Program.