Benchmarking energy performance of aquatic centres in Australia

Rajagopalan, P 2014, 'Benchmarking energy performance of aquatic centres in Australia', in Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference, Australian Solar Energy Society, Melbourne, Australia, 8-9 May 2014, pp. 497-507.

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Benchmarking energy performance of aquatic centres in Australia
Author(s) Rajagopalan, P
Year 2014
Conference name Solar 2014 Conference and Expo
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 8-9 May 2014
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 52nd Annual Conference, Australian Solar Energy Society
Publisher Australian Solar Council
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Start page 497
End page 507
Total pages 11
Abstract Aquatic centres are popular recreational and sports facilities in Australia. An upsurge in the use of aquatic centres has seen such multipurpose indoor recreational facilities become focal points for community interaction. Around 1900 aquatic centres in Australia attract approximately 263 million visits per year, with 64% of Australians aged 15 and over participating there in physical activities for recreation or exercise. Aquatic centres accommodate a number of facilities such as swimming pools, gymnasiums, fitness centres, sports hall, cafés, crèche and offices which are distinct in their functional requirements. They have high-energy intensity and this presents a great challenge in terms of new construction and renovation. However, environmental design standards for aquatic centres have generally been overlooked due to the complex nature of these buildings. Currently there are no benchmark standards for aquatic centres in Australia, where as benchmarks for other building types such as offices, shopping centres, hotels and data centres are established leading to the development of national rating systems. This paper investigates the energy performance of aquatic centres in Victoria and discusses methodologies adopted to understand the inter-relationships between various factors that contribute to increased energy consumption in these buildings. The main aim is to identify the key factors contributing to high energy consumption of these buildings in order to develop new knowledge with respect to energy and indoor environmental quality.
Subjects Building Science and Techniques
ISBN 9480646922195
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