Aquatic Centre Essential Reading

Reports that matter

To develop a better understanding of the principles that underpin efficient aquatic centres it is time well spent reading some of the research that has been undertaken to develop these centres. The most informative of this research are the Passivhaus reports written between 2013 and 2018 about the Lunen and Bamberg aquatic centres in Germany. Why are they so important? Because they started with specific performance targets and then worked continuously to achieve these objectives, recording data and analysing it over an extended period of time. It is this concentration of effort that has been critical in understanding the dynamics of how these centres work and has set very high benchmarks for these European centres. 

The Lunen reports

These reports are much more than an analysis of data. They outline a detailed design philosophy that is educational for anyone who is planning a new high efficiency aquatic centre in Australia. This planning is based around the energy systems that are going to be used as this flavours the location,  design and user experience of the centres. The reports have been translated from German. 

The Lunen reports can be broken down into these areas:

  • Pre-build 
  • Monitoring
  • Recommendations (post commissioning and monitoring- written in 2018)



The centre is currently using gas for heating and the pool water and HVAC system for the pool hall is also gas powered. The council was looking to ‘go off gas’ to see what sort of efficiency gains could be made and what it would cost. 

Amna Abdallah the Sustainable Energy Officer was driven to get accurate data for the centre to enable the council to make decisions on what system to install. This attention to detail was of great benefit to the discussions as there are many variables to consider when attempting a retrofit on a site such as this. 

You can read a copy of the report here.

Aquatic Centre Energy Reports

The rise in gas prices in 2018 for councils in Australia resulted in  councils revisiting the question:

HOW can we reduce the energy consumption of our aquatic centre’

Aquatic centres using gas as a heat source consume large amounts of energy with corresponding large maintenance bills. There are better alternatives to gas systems and we have been working with councils to evaluate the energy efficiency of these centres and where savings can be made for existing and proposed centres.

We have also been working on some hypothetical ‘ultimate designs’ for aquatic centres with particular reference to the high efficiency aquatic centres that have been developed in Lunen and Bramberg in Germany by the Passivehaus Institute. These centres have been closely monitored since 2013 and the results are clear : we need to rethink the design of these centres, how they are powered and what sort of integration of energy systems can be achieved to drive energy costs down for councils. 

Contact us now about an energy efficiency report for your existing or planned aquatic centre.

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