Melbourne Polytechnic Green Skills Centre



The environmental impacts of material usage in buildings are numerous and include the depletion of natural resources, the degradation and pollution of the environment in their extraction, production, use, and health impacts associated with off-gassing of pollutants in production and use. It is our responsibility to be selective with materials chosen for use.

Unfortunately it is not always easy to distinguish between different types of materials with regards to their environmental performance. One critical indicator of the environmental impact of a material is Embodied Energy.

All of the materials used in the facility have undergone a selection process that is designed to minimise the impact of the use of the material on the environment and the occupants. This includes the timber, concrete, flooring, wall materials, glues, adhesives, paints, finishes and even the furniture. The selection process includes the embodied energy, durability, product source (location) and VOC content (Volatile Organic Compounds – which emit toxic fumes – like the new car smell) in order to make the building as environmentally friendly as possible.

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