Courting sustainability in action
The Netball Central project translates sustainability into form, using innovative materials and structural design with sustainable principles to realise a building with a reduced carbon footprint and efficient energy and water usage.
As Australia’s first large-span public building with LVL construction, the materials used, including low-grade renewable plantation timber, reduced the overall carbon footprint and ensured a healthy and comfortable environment for players and spectators all year round.
The combination of operable structures (such as timber louvres), angled blade walls and light-diffusing materials help prevent direct sunlight and glare from impacting play while enabling full natural ventilation to all courts and creating considered energy efficiencies.
By harnessing daylight and solar heat gains, the venue does not use artificial heating and cooling and can avoid court lighting during the day.
At night, the streamlined structure reflects a stretched lantern shape where the open ventilation allows views directly into the competition arena. Once the centre shuts, the operable roof louvres allow for night purging of heat in summer, to ensure player comfort the following day.
Each façade is attuned to its environmental orientation and with the courts stepping down the tight, triangular site, the design solution is uniquely suited.
Scott Carver employed sustainable initiatives to ensure the overall building performance of Netball Central was paramount, working within a limited budget with multiple stakeholders and public funding to deliver a successful design solution with long-term benefits to players and the community. Industry recognition includes the 2016 AIA NSW Architecture Award for Sustainable Architecture and Commendation for Public Architecture; and the 2015 Australian Timber Design Awards for Excellence in Sustainability.