Peter Mathieson, F.AIRAH

A new resilient museum archive store conversion for a 1970s office building

Passive House brings a new language to building construction – but how can it be applied in the renovation of a 1970 commercial building, when the building was an office but is now to be a museum store. 

This presentation will delve into:

  • How can the Passive House principles of thermal performance and air tightness work in our favour?
  • How is moisture managed in the renovated building structure, when indoor humidity is to be maintained at 50 per cent year-round?
  • Is Passive House an approach that provides us with resilience when internal temperature stability is important? 
  • How is this approach to building physics an advantage in the selection of the mechanical systems to manage the indoor climate?

About Mathieson:
Mathieson is a technical director at Aurecon. Based in Melbourne, he provides design leadership for projects across the Aurecon global business. In contributing to projects and teams, he also develops new approaches to mechanical design to solve clients’ problems and enhance project design delivery efficiency.