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Australia’s Surry Hills Library Sets New Standard for Green Design
Toxins are minimized inside the building through low-VOC finishes, formaldehyde-free furniture, and the use of alternative materials to PVC for plumbing and electrical services. All the timber products are sourced from sustainable forests, and rainwater is collected, treated and re-used for the flushing of toilets and irrigation, watering the atrium plants and Collins Street Reserve lawn. The children’s play area also features an automatic fabric shading device.
The center was completed in 2009 and has also received recognition by the UDIA Excellence in Sustainable Design award and the Australian Timber Design Awards Public Building high commendation. Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP says about the project: “The Centre has been designed to achieve excellence in sustainable design and set new high standards in environmental performance for multi-purpose public buildings. [It] will be a starting point for the development of a green rating system for public buildings… [and] an innovative example of design and sustainable design possibilities.”
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