Buildings have a major impact on the environment. The Maritime Skills Centre incorporates features that reduce energy, water usage, greenhouse gas emissions and waste:
- Low water-use plants and subsurface irrigation minimises water loss through evaporation.
- Energy-efficient lights controlled by movement sensors reduce energy usage.
- Water run-off from the car park is treated prior to release into the stormwater system.
- Renewable energy is harnessed by photovoltaic cells and wind turbines.
- Rainwater is collected for use in the building and gardens. Water-efficient tapware further reduces water
- High performance window glazing and automated blinds reduce heat, glare and the need for airconditioning.
- Bicycle storage, lockers and showers encourage people to ride to the facility.
- The building lies in an east-west orientation, helping it stay cool in summer and warm in winter.
- Recycled and sustainable materials have been used throughout the building in the furniture, fit-out and structure.