Priya Gandhi, M.AIRAH

Atelier Ten
High performance on a business-as-usual budget

Everyone wants to design high-performance buildings, but we don’t always have the high budgets to go along with those high net zero aspirations. So what can we do within the bounds of a typical budget to make the highest performing buildings possible?
In this presentation, Gandhi will talk about how to apply a pathway to net zero on every project. She will discuss practical strategies, key design measures, and examples from past projects on how to lift performance towards net zero, whether the brief includes explicit sustainability targets or not.
Every building needs to be on a path to net zero, no matter the size or budget, because this is a climate emergency. We cannot meet the Paris Agreement targets (to limit global temperature rise to 2°C) without significantly cutting emissions in the built environment.  As designers we have the responsibility and power to act now.

About Gandhi

Gandhi is a Senior Environmental Designer with Atelier Ten in Melbourne, specialising in building performance modelling. She has a background in mechanical engineering, architecture, and building science, with experience working in Australia and the US. 

The events chair for IBPSA Australasia, Gandhi is also a member of the fifth cohort of Homeward Bound, a global leadership initiative empowering women in STEMM for the greater good of our planet.