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28 June 2023

Energy-Efficient Aquatic Centre Concepts with Negawatt Projects (Seminar)

Hunt Architects’ principals, Michael Cook and Steven Smyth, will be attending the highly anticipated Negawatt Projects – Sydney Aquatic Centre Convention on the 5th of July. This exclusive event is dedicated to exploring the development of an hypothetical, energy-efficient aquatic centre that surpasses all existing standards in Australia. Through engaging discussions and knowledge-sharing sessions, participants will delve into strategies aimed at reducing carbon footprints associated with aquatic assets, while simultaneously advancing green energy solutions. Drawing upon his extensive 15-year tenure in the field of aquatic centres, Michael Cook will be delivering an insightful presentation on his findings and experiences accumulated over the years.

Michael has extensive expertise in the design and implementation of both public and private aquatic projects. His understanding of the key drivers that contribute to sustainable outcomes in aquatic centers is evident through some of our key projects, such as the energy efficiencies achieved at the Fit2Swim Swim School in Maroubra, Sydney. This facility currently boasts the lowest recorded energy usage among aquatic facilities in Australia, as reflected by its exceptionally low Energy Usage Intensity (EUI) value.

Notably, Michael has played a pivotal role in developing an ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) matrix for Paul Sadler Swimland centers in Victoria and the Kyogle Aquatic Centre in New South Wales. Paul Sadler Swimland Carrum Downs recently receiving an Award of Excellence in Sustainability from the Australian Swim Schools Association. Leveraging his deep knowledge of building systems and performance, coupled with the wealth of experience accumulated by Hunt Architects of over 50 years, Michael excels in devising retrofit strategies aimed at enhancing the performance of building envelopes. His comprehensive understanding allows for the seamless integration of retrofit solutions that optimize energy efficiency and sustainability.

Below Image: Hornsby Aquatic and Leisure Centre NSW

Aquatic centres play a vital role in our communities, offering a range of recreational opportunities for people of all ages. However, their 24/7 operation and high internal temperatures contribute to disproportionately high carbon footprints. In the pursuit of a more sustainable future, councils aiming for net zero emissions by 2050 must consider the often overlooked aspect of building envelopes. Combining plant upgrades with general refurbishments, such as retrofitting building envelopes, can bring significant health and wellbeing benefits for staff and patrons. Upgraded air quality, improved circulation, temperature comfort, and reduced odours are some of the benefits.

Hunt Architects specializes in aquatic centre design and refurbishment, offering cutting-edge innovations and retrofit solutions. Retrofit options can be undertaken while the centre is operating, and most result in a set-and-forget or low-maintenance outcome. With the drive for net zero, councils should seek aquatic centre design specialists to assess specific needs and challenges, recommend tailored solutions, and model the savings.

Michael is touring with the convention and will also be speaking in Melbourne on the 7th of July.
Tickets are available for purchase through the Humanitix website.

Below Image: Beatty Park Leisure Centre, WA