Changing rooms

The Commonwealth Games Athletes' Village in Melbourne has been designed to be easily adapted for a variety of future uses
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Overhead view of roofs at the Athletes' Village showing solar panels.

Achieving the energy standards required for this project was part of the brief for the services engineering team. Norman Disney and Young's role included environmentally sustainable development and building services engineering for several social housing precincts and buildings, and the services design for the Heritage Precinct. In addition to documenting Games works, the company documented the post-Games works to ensure minimal disruption to the building during conversion.

Norman Disney and Young's Victorian director in charge, Stuart Fowler, says the company's design objective was to comply with DHS Housing Standards Policy manuals and athletes' overlay schedules.

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Large grey water treatment tanks.

"We incorporated a wide range of ESD and energy saving initiatives into our design. Inverted wall construction, rain water harvesting, grey water treatment, solar hot water heating and photo voltaic cells for electrical generation all contribute to the six-star energy rating of the project," he says.

For more information, contact Norman Disney and Young, Level 6, 5 Queens Rd, Melbourne, Vic 3004, phone (03) 9862 6800, fax (03) 9862 6900, Website:

Mar 24, 2006
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