Woodcroft Green Hub

Woodcroft Community Centre is our northern ‘green hub’, demonstrating ways to reduce energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

In 2010 the building was transformed into an environmentally sound and modern facility through joint funding by the City of Onkaparinga and the Australian Government’s Green Precincts Program.

The building

The redevelopment of the building included a complete refurbishment inside and out, along with landscaping, a car park upgrade and the inclusion of a host of green building design principles, such as improved insulation and ventilation, rainwater capture and reuse and energy efficient lighting.

A key goal of the construction phase of the project was to recycle and reuse as much of the original building materials as possible in the new work. The bulk of reuse has occurred by retaining the existing structural steel, a large amount of brickwork, the existing concrete slab, roof trusses, and car park foundation.

Our engineers have calculated the total reused material to be in the order of 800 cubic metres. By estimating the energy used to create and transport these materials they have calculated that approximately 700,000kWh or 400 tonnes of GHG emissions have been avoided. This saving equates to approximately 4 years of the building’s operating energy or 50 years of operation of the solar photovoltaic system.

Green Team

A key component to the buildings success since redevelopment has been the establishment of a dedicated Green Team at the Centre. 

The Green Team are supported by our sustainability staff, with education and resources as part of the Sustainable Onkaparinga initiative so that they can readily share their knowledge with other centre staff and visitors alike.  Their real sense of ownership and pride in the Green Hub has led to a range of successful green initiatives. 

The Green Team are available to give group tours of the building’s sustainability features and initiatives.  Tours can be tailored to different age groups and requirements on request and are conducted by appointment on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. Tour bookings can be made online, in person at the Centre, or by contacting (08) 8384 0666, alternatively, pick up a ‘self-guided tour map’ from the Centre and check out the buildings interpretative trail.

The biannual Twilight Earth Fair organised by the team and held at Woodcroft includes environmental workshops, stallholders and fun activities for all ages.  The next event will be held in 2018.

Terracycle at Woodcroft

The Green Team has partnered with Terracycle Australia to provide a public drop-off point for collection and recycling of a range of hard to recycle beauty and oral care products.  Onkaparinga residents can already recycle empty shampoo bottles, aerosols, soap dispensers and outer cardboard and plastic packaging into their yellow recycling bin, but old makeup products currently end up in the red bin as general waste. 

We now offer the option of being a little greener by recycling products such as used lipstick, mascara, eye shadow, foundation, eyeliner, face wipes packets, toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes. Simply drop off your old beauty and oral products in the designated Terracycle recycling bins located at Woodcroft Community Centre, 175 Bains Road, Morphett Vale between 8.30am - 5pm, Monday to Friday.  

Key green features

  • Passive design – external shading, high performance glazing, insulation
  • 11kw solar photovoltaic (pv) system producing around 18,000kWh per year
  • Solar hot water system providing water heated by renewable energy to kitchen and bathrooms
  • Use of natural light and ventilation throughout the building
  • Smart building controls to adjust artificial lighting and air conditioning according to outside conditions and the needs of building users
  • 70,000L of rainwater storage harvested for toilet flushing and irrigation needs
  • Drought tolerant and water sensitive landscaping and water efficient bathroom and kitchenware
  • A green building trail showcasing the green features around the building


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