June 2018





Rich harvest
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In days of yore, building a sustainable family residence meant spending substantially more than for a regulation dwelling. Yet an engineer and an artist have constructed a positive-energy home at less than the usual cost of construction. 
Centre of creation 

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A city’s outer suburbs are not often immediately associated with the cultivation of the arts. However, a new $125 million multi-use building in the City of Casey in Melbourne’s south-east is changing that perception. As Sean McGowan reports, Bunjil Place redefines what we have traditionally expected from civic centres.  

Rise and shine 

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As the newest and tallest A-Grade commercial office tower to be built in North Sydney, 177 Pacific Highway has overcome a number of design challenges while exceeding energy performance expectations, as Sean McGowan discovered.

The effects of rooflights on energy performance of a commercial retail building in a sub-tropical and a temperate climate

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This research aims to develop an energy-efficient solution by predicting the nature of energy use for a retail building with rooflights in a sub-tropical and a temperate climate of Australia. The research highlighted in the study includes (a) the maximum amount of area dedicated to rooflights that can make a retail building energy efficient; and (b) the effects on other building elements on the increased use of rooflights.

by M Mahmudul Hasan, M.AIRAH; Heap-Yih Chong; Kuntal Dutta and Tulimalli Vamsi Krishna