Entry received from: Queenstown Lakes District Council
Category: The GHD Award for Environmental Leadership

The first community hall in Aotearoa New Zealand attaining ultra-low energy Passive House standard and certification, Whare Mahana - the Luggate Memorial Centre, was built to replace the existing earthquake-prone Memorial Hall. Opened in December 2022, the new hall was envisioned as a healthy and comfortable focal point for the community heart for years to come, and a benchmark for other Council buildings both regionally and nationally.

Set on 9021m2 of grounds, the 420m2 building boasts a main hall with capacity of 200 and a boardroom for 30 people.

Despite the hot summers and cold winters of Otago, the passive building is at a constant temperature of 20-22 degrees year round. It includes high-performance windows and doors, excellent insulation, an airtight building envelope, no thermal bridges, mechanical ventilation, and design-stage energy modelling.

Dozens of community groups were engaged from the beginning of the process, covering:

  • Education/Training
  • Arts/Music/Theatre
  • Health/Wellbeing
  • Recreation and Sport
  • Community Support/Advice/Advocacy
  • Childcare/Playgroups
  • Culture/Heritage
  • Community/Business Association
  • Environmental/Conservation
  • Religion/Faith/Spiritual
  • Civil Defence/Emergency Management.

QLDC's ultimate goal was to ensure a replacement building for the Luggate community that would give them a fit-for-purpose space to meet, learn, play, and socialise, enhancing the wellbeing of the community now and into the future.

Thank you to our category sponsor