Scarborough Beach Pool achieves world leadership standard in sustainability

The Scarborough foreshore redevelopment was recognised at the National Planning awards. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
The Scarborough foreshore redevelopment was recognised at the National Planning awards. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

SCARBOROUGH Beach Pool is WA’s first aquatic centre to be awarded a prestigious sustainability certification.

The Green Building Council of Australia has given the City of Stirling facility a six-star Green Star Rating, which represents a world leadership standard.

Mayor Mark Irwin said the City initially targeted achieving a five-star certification of Australian excellence.

“However, after a design review the City made the decision to target the project at a level which demonstrates international leadership in sustainable design,” he said.

The completed project has a carbon footprint less than 40 per cent than that of a typical aquatic centre.

“The pool uses rainwater for pool top up and filter cleaning, has a geothermal bore to heat the pool year round, and uses water from the pool to keep the facility and surrounding offices cool via the air conditioning system in summer,” Cr Irwin said.

“Overall, the features are expected to reduce operational costs by more than $800,000 per annum and save more than 3000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year – enough to offset the emissions of driving around the world 400 times.”