Nowadays, public facilities are no longer single-purpose and must cater to a range of needs such as medical care, transportation and leisure activities. In order for these spaces to fulfil their intended functions, architects must focus on creating inviting and functional designs that are also sustainable.

The Public Building category at the upcoming 2023 Sustainability Awards builds upon the success of the previous year's event, where it was established as a standalone category. 

This year's competition highlights public structures, including hospitals, museums, government buildings, and more, with a special emphasis on designs that promote sustainability.

As the construction industry continues to focus on reducing carbon emissions, public buildings can serve as a catalyst for change. Architects and designers have an important role to play in creating sustainable structures that inspire visitors to become more environmentally conscious and responsible.

Last year's winner of the Public Building category, DesignInc's Glenroy Community Hub, is an excellent example of a sustainable community building. 

Recognised as the first passive house-certified community centre on the continent, Glenroy offers a welcoming and nature-inspired environment for learning, growing, and healing. A landscaped forecourt and access to nature and garden experiences has also been created.

Siniat, a leader in plasterboard and framing solutions, is proud to once again partner with the Public Building category. 

The company is committed to sustainable development and reducing its impact on the environment. Siniat's carbon neutral opt-in program is an industry first, and the company's products are designed to help clients reduce their carbon footprint and achieve Green Star certifications.

We look forward to announcing the winner of the Public Building category at the upcoming Sustainability Awards Gala in Sydney. If you have a project that you would like to submit for consideration, please visit