Wantirna Health, Victoria
Reflecting a holistic model of care, the Wantirna Health Service meets the physical, social and spiritual needs of patients by providing 24 hour specialised inpatient services, rehabilitation facilities and a regional health education and conference centre. Through the effective use of Environmental Sustainable Design the building creates an excellent indoor climate, provides significant recurrent cost savings in energy and a reduced impact on the environment.
The hand-painted, multi-coloured precast external walls of the education centre reflect a vibrant natural environment and present strong visual cues directing vehicles from the highway and passengers disembarking at the relocated bus stop.
Specific sustainable design features include north orientated living spaces; thermal mass from reverse masonry construction and enhanced insulation; hydronic floor substrate cooling and heating; natural light and ventilation chimneys and the extensive use of natural light; double glazing to patient areas; energy efficient automatic light sensors; computer modelled sun shades; solar hot water; natural ventilation throughout; water flow control devices; rainwater harvesting that is capable of meeting all facility water usage; indigenous and low water use landscaping; and swale stormwater drainage in the garden and carpark.
Client: Department of Health, Victoria