February 2018







House of wellness
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As health and wellbeing join energy efficiency as the key planks defining high-performance in buildings, standards like Passivhaus are gaining traction. Sean McGowan sits down with Passivhaus advocate and principal consultant of Grün Consulting, Clare Parry, M.AIRAH, to discuss the emergence of Australia’s high-performance residential building market. 
Street performer 

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RMIT University is Australia’s largest tertiary institution, its city campus having occupied several blocks of Melbourne’s inner north CBD for decades. As Sean McGowan reports, a recent adaptive reuse project has linked several existing buildings – an epic undertaking that effectively transforms the campus.

Grand Slam 

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The home of arts patron Judith Neilson, Indigo Slam in Sydney’s Chippendale is a nexus of flowing concrete forms and robustness. ESD elements are prominent in the unique design, with a geoexchange system providing heating and cooling.

A design tool for off-grid housing in Australia 

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This study presents an integrated tool for off-grid housing design across Australia. The tool has been developed by implementing a solar PV battery system model into the existing Australian Zero Emission House design tool (AusZEH). 

By Zhengen Ren PhD, CSIRO; Wanyee Chan, CSIRO; Dong Chen, PhD, CSIRO; Phillip Paevere PhD, CSIRO

Refrigeration exploration, clarification and edification

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AIRAH’s 2018 conference schedule kicks off next month with Refrigeration 2018.