La Trobe Sports Stadium Building

Project Details

  • Client: La Trobe University’s Melbourne Campus at Bundoora
  • Type: Commercial
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Date: October 2019
  • Estimated Lifespan: 60 years
  • LCA authored by Arup and certified by Cerclos

La Trobe University’s Melbourne Campus at Bundoora provides a unique setting for learning, research and employment. With its substantial landholdings and location at the gateway to Melbourne’s growing north, La Trobe provides unparalleled opportunities for the University and the wider community.

Project Features

The La Trobe Sports Stadium building is spread over two storeys. The ground floor consists of research and laboratory spaces along with six sports courts, while the first-floor houses undergraduate teaching rooms and office spaces.
This building is steel framed. The sports courts are naturally ventilated, with the remaining of the building being mechanically ventilated.

  • This project achieved a reduction of 15% in embodied carbon compared to Business as Usual thanks to the structural efficiency of the court design developed by the Arup structural engineers. 
  • The operational energy initiatives ensured a significant saving over a Business-as-Usual Green Star design.
  • Water consumption was also considered; La Trobe University committed to ensuring the efficient use of water in the La Trobe Sports Stadium building

Results Summary

Impact CategoryUnit                  % Saved Against Benchmark
Global Warming Potentialkg CO2e/m2GFA93 %
Abiotic Resource Depletionkg Sbe/m2GFA105 %
Acidification Potentialkg SO2e/m2GFA41 %
EutrophicationkgPO4e/m2GFA44 %
Ozone Layer Depletionmg CFC11e/m2GFA-4 %
Human ToxicityuDALY/m2GFA37 %
Land Usem2 /year arable/m2GFA73 %
Fresh Water Depletionm3/m2GFA3 %

The eTool software was used to complete the Life Cycle modelling of the building to complete the EN15978 compliant reporting required by the Green Star Life Cycle impact credit. As eTool Enterprise customers, Arup conducted a whole of building Life Cycle Assessment on the building compared to a ‘Business as Usual (BAU)’ reference case and presented the findings of 10 environmental impact categories.