Greening PlantBank

Plants are adapted to make best use of their surroundings, including soil type, available nutrients, climate, sunlight and rainfall. Similarly, the Australian PlantBank has been carefully designed to integrate with and respond to the landscape, environment and operational needs.

  • The roof and gutter systems harvest rainwater, which is used for flushing the toilets and to water the lichen garden.
  • The orientation and design of the building makes best use of natural light, the sun’s warmth and prevailing winds for passive heating and cooling.
  • Building materials have been selected for their insulation properties, sustainability, recyclability, pest and rodent exclusion, low maintenance and fire resistant qualities.
  • The internal environments are carefully controlled to minimise energy use.