Fairfield Council’s Nalawala Community Hall – a local Aboriginal word meaning sit down together – has been designed as a place for the community to gather, share and learn more about how to live sustainably.
Nalawala , being the largest strawbale community building in the southern hemisphere, models sustainability as an education resource for the wider community.
Designed to reduce water and energy demands, the buildings use natural ventilation, daylighting and photovoltaic arrays (where site conditions allow) integrated into the conical roof. This roof design allows rainwater to be collected and used for toilet flushing, hand basins and cleaning.
Kogarah Council’s Carss Park Community Garden and ‘shed’ is a place where the locals can participate in growing their own food by “leasing a plot” or attending a demonstration or workshop in the new meeting facility.
The shed extends itself to be a learning resource to the community through its design features, materials, energy and water systems, and low embodied energy construction.
Envirotecture is supporting a project to rebuild village schools in Salavan Province in Southern Laos, partnering with World Concern and local villagers, supported by the Lao Government.
Designed to be autonomous, the schools use passive design principles such as day-lighting
Narrabeen Baptist Church had a vision that was shared by the community to extend the church and replace the original dilapidated hall with a new Education and Resource Centre.
The new Centre is a place where the community can meet and learn from many programs that take place within the building.
Envirotecture is supporting a project to build Wakisa House, a young women’s hostel and education centre, in Kampala, capital of Uganda.
As part of the Wakisa Project – an established support project for homeless pregnant girls – a 50 bed hostel was designed by Envirotecture in collaboration with a local architect.
The VISY Cares Centre in Fairfield is intended to provide low-cost commercial space for youth services providers in the Fairfield area of greater western Sydney. The intended tenants are typically to be a mix of non-government agencies who provide a wide variety of essential support services to youth.
Tuggerah Lakes Community College needed a purpose built multi-function building to allow its many and varied educational courses to be run effectively. Federal stimulus funding was made available late in 2008, and a budget of approximately $900,000 was fixed.