November 2017





Down on the (solar) farm
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To achieve net zero emissions by 2030, Monash University has utilised the latest in solar technology to provide preheating to a low-load boiler serving a campus-wide high-temperature hot water system. 
Q&A: Lisa Heschong 

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Ecolibrium editor Matthew Dillon breaks bread with a pioneer in exploring the relationship between the built environment and the health and well-being of its occupants. 

We have the data. Now what?

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Although still in its infancy, big data analytics is already impacting on the resources of many early adopters. Sean McGowan explores this with Angus Grant, M.AIRAH, mechanical section manager and principal with Wood & Grieve Engineers; Jonathan Clarke, M.AIRAH, associate director and controls group manager with NDY; Scott Horsnell, team leader with Bueno; and Paul Jackson, M.AIRAH, associate director and commissioning manager with IBMS.

Smarter than smart

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By completion new buildings often suffer from compressed commissioning, poor performance and ongoing issues. The challenges for those new smart buildings are numerous: Will they really save us money and time and be as comfortable as promised?

Practical modelling application – ICC Sydney

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This paper examines the process, application and issues of using a theoretical model, construction data and actual performance data when managing the energy use within a facility. Particular aspects of the process will be examined that address building the operational energy model, determining and co-ordinating with the construction program, and construction information. 

By Ken Thomson BENG (MECH), M.AIRAH, GSAP and Mei McNamara BENG (MECH)