Bellarine Secondary College

The Bellarine Secondary College Applied Learning Centre has become a leading edge school facility that features a high level of sustainability in relation to energy, water, materials and waste management.


The facility has enhanced student and staff productivity, performance and health by providing a superior level of thermal comfort, natural day lighting and indoor air quality.


The ultimate aim was to create a building that would integrate into the educational curriculum to facilitate a better understanding and link between sustainability as teaching concepts and environmental building.



  • maximise the passive solar design and energy efficiency of the building envelope to reduce reliance on fossil fuel based heating systems by over 90%

  • maximise natural cross flow ventilation and energy efficiency to avoid the need for refrigerative or evaporative cooling systems. Any supplementary cooling/heat purging is provided by exhaust fans

  • maximise the use of ‘glare free’ natural daylight to reduce reliance on artificial lighting by over 80%

  • utilise solar hot water to provide 70%-80% of hot water

  • high efficiency lighting system with automatic daylight sensors and dimmers



  • conserve water by featuring 3 star and 4 star rated appliances, fittings and taps, as well as feature waterless fixtures such as a waterless urinal

  • capture all rainwater to supply toilets, dishwasher and other non-potable uses to reduce mains water reliance by up to 90%

  • treat all waste water to a quality suitable for reuse for landscape and vineyard watering purposes



  • utilise materials for structural and joinery purposes that are plantation and / or recycled and/or contain a high percentage of recycled content

  • utilise low toxicity finishes for floors, walls, ceilings and joinery to create a healthy indoor air quality environment


Metering and monitoring

  • water metering to identify water consumption for the facility

  • energy metering and monitoring to better understand energy consumption patterns and how occupant behavior effects and might further reduce energy use

  • a fully featured weather station to allow for the recording and analysis of ambient indoor and outdoor conditions, wind speed and direction and rainfall