Clare Parry, M.AIRAH
Comfortable, healthy, durable + efficient: skipping ahead to high-performance buildings
A standard that delivers optimised building physics outcomes without compromise could assist in overcoming issues with avoidable building fabric woes. This includes structural degradation; condensation and mould; comfort delivery; and enhanced air quality.
This elusive gold standard has actually been in existence for hundreds of years and was formalised almost 30 years ago. What is it? Passivhaus.
Parry will provide a detailed case study of Australia’s first scale building: Gillies Hall at Monash University’s Peninsula Campus. In this presentation, she will delve into detail of how to achieve the standard with a back-to-basics focus on the fundamentals of health, comfort, durability and efficiency.
Parry’s career began in mechanical engineering and business. This led toward Passivhaus and the Living Future Institute of Australia’s Living Building Challenge – though she's still working on perfecting a brief on what constitutes "best practice". For now, it all starts with the central tenets of health, wellbeing, comfort and economy (the four pillars of Passivhaus) and a gradual move to a more holistic view of the potential for positive impact in the built environment.
Parry is a director of Grün Consulting, a specialist high-performance buildings consultancy and part of the Inhabit Group, which operates across Australia and South East Asia. She was previously founding director and chair of the Australian Passive House Association.