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A master of the past century


The hotter it gets – the more energy you save


The Water Neutral Pool


Who is CEDIA?


Beautiful. Sustainable. Timber.


Holmesglen Institute of TAFE bridges


Digital architecture of the future

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Spheres of influence

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Standards Australia updates

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A master of the past century Essay by: Brian Nank Sir Norman Foster was born June 1, 1935, in a working class neighbourhood of Manchester, England. In the Royal Air Force he learned how to fly; it was later in his life that he decided to become an architect. At the age of 21 he enrolled in Manchester University, working odd jobs to get him through his education. A Henry Fellowship allowed him to travel to the US and attend Yale University.

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1. Sir Norman Foster 2. German Parliament, Reichstag dome 3. Hearst Tower, New York


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Foster worked briefly with Buckminster Fuller, the “radical architect” of the sixties best known for his work with energy-saving geodesic domes. Though at the time Fuller was in his 80’s, Foster described him as young at heart. Said Foster: “He was so full of positive enthusiasm. I felt he was a visionary”.

In 1963 Foster helped form the architectural firm “Team 4” along with architect Richard Rogers. In 1967, Team 4 dissolved and Foster, along with his wife, founded Foster Associates. It would be with this firm that he would have his greatest success, eventually becoming the world’s most decorated architect. Foster’s designs are flexible and are designed with an eye towards current technology. In one of his first works, the Reliance Controls Electronics Factory, finished in 1967, he began to show signs of an emergent design philosophy. Here was implemented a floor plan built of movable partitions - a design which later allowed the company to increase the area of production by over twenty-five percent. In the IBM Pilot Head Office in Cosham, England, Foster initiated a new, previously unheard of premise: where before computers had been located in special, separate rooms, here he brought the two together, merging the computer space with the space of the workers. It was a harbinger of things to come.

Foster’s buildings exemplify what has come to be known as the Hi-Tech style. They are streamlined, well-thought out, mechanical looking structures which often wear their interiors on the outside. He often utilizes manufactured, pre-fabricated modular units in their design. Foster’s work stresses the importance of light and the interior environment (oftentimes a highly modifiable factor). He has worked to include green spaces into his buildings and to minimize energy use. How his buildings meet with the ground is important in his design - some of his skyscrapers feature large open spaces beneath them (as is the case with the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank), other times he has shaped the building to fit an unusual site. Flexible, multi-use structures are a hallmark of his philosophy. A consummate craftsman, Foster places high importance on the use of computers and new technology in the formation of designs and their eventual realization. His office on the Thames River in London features large, open studios, which facilitate open thought and communication between his over 500 employees. “Think of the possibilities of building high. With multi-uses these buildings could be communities. They’d be self-sustaining, generate and harvest their own energy, process their own waste, and eliminate a lot of commuting, energy consumption, car pollution, and urban sprawl. In high-density areas, like Hong Kong, you can see a pattern emerging. Buildings are connected horizontally by walkways, which are air-conditioned, so you can move around the whole city without actually stepping down into the polluted streetscapes.” While Foster mentioned a variety of elements that influence architecture—social forces, technology, orientation, movement, context, and ecology—his passion is clearly in the realm of the environment. “How do our buildings communicate with the planet,” he asked in an address at the Bentley International User Conference in Philadelphia. “How do they reduce energy or use recyclable materials? What makes a building green?” In 1983, Foster received the RIBA Gold Medal. Since then he has been knighted and received a life peerage in Britain’s House of Lords. Recently, he won the coveted Pritzker Prize in architecture (architecture’s equivalent to the Nobel). All told, Sir Norman Foster has been the recipient of over 50 awards and prizes over the course of his 30 year career.

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When noting the design of any Foster building, it is important to remember that modern society would be impossible without computers—coordinating the movements of airports, hospitals, and the like require the use of computers. Buildings, therefore, are the next logical step. Working with CAD programming, Foster has utilized passive warming systems in his buildings, using the shape of a building to not only use the sun for warmth and light, but to shield against it and provide shade, reducing the cost of energy. He has utilized natural ventilation in giant skyscrapers. His buildings are not merely “ecologic-looking”, they are ecologically and responsibly designed. Foster can claim to his credit the largest airport in the world (Hong Kong) as well as the designs for a skyscraper built offshore (Millennium Tower in Tokyo). His Commerzbank Headquarters is Europe’s largest skyscraper, but it is also the world’s first ecological high rise.

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1. London City Hall 2. London Millennium Foot bridge 3. Commerzbank Tower 4. Expo MRT Station Singapore 5. Hong Kong & Shanghi Bank 6. 30 St Mary Axe

Selected projects 1977 1982 1986 1989 1992 1993 1994 1995 1997 1997 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1999 1999 2000 2000


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Sainsbury Centre Renault Distribution Centre Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank Stockley Park Offices London Cranfield University Library Carré d’Art Nimes Joslyn Art Museum Omaha, NE Faculty of Law U of Cambridge Commerzbank Headquarters SECC Centre Glasgow Aspire National Training Centre Valencia Congress Centre Hong Kong International Airport Faculty of Management RGU HACTL Centre Hong Kong Canary Wharf Station New German Parliament Centre for Clinical Sciences Citibank European Headquarters


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Solar Heat Reflective coatings for roofs and walls

Key benefits of the Cocoon Staycool System:

Cocoon Staycool System is a unique breakthrough for solar heat reflective technology. Applied in liquid form to the external surface of roof and wall areas, it demonstrates a remarkable ability to reduce solar heat from entering buildings— effectively acting as external insulation against the sun.

ƒƒReduces up to 90% of solar heat entering the building

It blocks up to 90% of infrared and ultra violet rays from penetrating the surface, which results in a significant lowering of internal temperatures.

ƒƒLower Greenhouse Gas (CO2) emissions

The Cocoon Staycool System technology is owned, developed and manufactured in Australia and has a proven track record of performance in the harshest of Australian climatic conditions. The cost of application is normally self-funding with a pay-back period of 2-3 years. (Government Grants & Carbon Credit Trading benefits may also apply.)

ƒƒImproves staff morale

With a growing focus now on climate change and global warming, the energy efficiency and environmental impact from the application of this unique product is now receiving major interest from building owners and facility managers in most sectors of the community including: airports, commercial, councils, domestic, governments, industrial, mining, resorts, retail, schools (improving conditions for students), shopping centres, supermarkets, warehousing, and also in rural regions where Staycool treated buildings reduce livestock and product losses during hot conditions.

ƒƒSignificantly reduces internal temperatures ƒƒReduces air-conditioning costs by 50%+ ƒƒReduces air-conditioning maintenance ƒƒReduces future building maintenance ƒƒImproves energy efficiency ƒƒReduces thermal expansion ƒƒInhibits rust and corrosion ƒƒImproves productivity ƒƒReduced stock losses ƒƒWater based and non toxic formulation ƒƒCompletely safe for water catchment

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savings, energy savings and cost savings while reducing the impost on mains water ƒƒReduced chemical use – cuts pool maintenance costs ƒƒWater collection at site – another way of saving water and money by storing water and diverting it for use in laundries and toilets, and on gardens. ƒƒEnhanced property value, and ƒƒDemonstrates the pool owner’s responsible attitude to water conservation.

2. What are the features of a Water Neutral Pool? A Water Neutral Pool must, at a minimum, have the following features: ƒƒWater tank, to collect rainfall to top-up the pool as needed ƒƒPool cover, to conserve 90% of water lost through evaporation ƒƒBackwash minimisation system, to prevent excessive backwashing (e.g. cartridge filter, oversized sand filter, centrifugal / pre-filter device, backwash recycle system, etc.)

The Water Neutral Pool

A new standard in responsible pool ownership—introducing the Water Neutral Pool The Swimming Pool & Spa Association of Victoria (SPASA) is pleased to introduce its new water management initiative, the Water Neutral Pool program. This program is about the industry showing leadership and working with consumers to encourage positive water conservation steps are taken. It has been methodically tested using Bureau of Meteorology data and has also been independently assessed by Rob Gell and Access Environmental Pty Ltd.

1. What is a Water Neutral Pool? A Water Neutral Pool is one that creates a new standard for swimming pools utilising both water saving and water harvesting devices to ensure that it is water-wise by minimising mains water use. 1 2 1. Greg Op de Coul, owner of Victoria’s first Water Neutral Pool receives his fence 3 plaque. Rob Gell of Access Environmental Pty Ltd and Brendan Watkins, General Manager, SPASA look on.

2. A Water Neutral Pool 3. Together with an appropriately sized water tank, a pool cover and backwash minimization system make a backyard pool a Water Neutral Pool


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SPASA is keen to commend pool owners who conserve water and install a Water Neutral Pool, or retrofit an existing pool, to ensure that it meets this new standard. A Water Neutral Pool delivers a range of benefits including: ƒƒReduced water use – delivering water

There are a range of other positive options that pool owners can take to maintain a water-wise pool, including: ƒƒInstalling shade sails and wind covers to help prevent evaporation ƒƒEnsure the pool has suitable overhanging pavers or decking to keep splash-out to a minimum ƒƒNever over-fill a pool ƒƒKeeping your pool’s water in the correct condition or “balanced” to avoid emptying polluted water ƒƒCheck pipes and drains each year to ensure there are no leaks ƒƒKeeping pets out of the pool ƒƒDiscouraging rough play and unnecessary splashing by pool users.

3. Is there any evidence Water Neutral Pools save water? Analysis shows a Water Neutral Pool can save thousands of litres of water every year. Over a 12 month period, pool owners with an adequate sized rain tank, who conscientiously use a pool blanket (physical or chemical) and a backwash minimisation system, will not need to use mains water to top-up their pool. This has been tested using two scenarios: average rainfall in Melbourne over a 30 year period (1971–2000) and average

rainfall in the past 10 years (1997-2007) that have been affected by climate change and drought. The results show for both examples there is excess water in the rainwater tank that can be used for other purposes around the home over the 12 month period.

4. How much water can be saved? The tables below show how much water can be saved annually by a Water Neutral Pool. The data is based on an 8 x 3.5 metre, 40,000 litre capacity pool and compares (note: calculations are based on use of pool cover 50% of the time): A. A non-Water Neutral Pool B. A Water Neutral Pool over a 30 year period (1971-2000) based on average rainfall and evaporation rates C. A Water Neutral Pool over a 10 year period (1997-2007) based on average rainfall and evaporation rates during this time of drought and climate change

Rainfall into pool


18,329 18,329 12,555

Rainfall into water tank (based on 50m roof)

N/A 32,730 22,420

5. What size tank do I need? SPASA has established standard minimum tank sizes to achieve optimum water savings: ƒƒ20,000 litre pool = 2,500 litre water tank

The experience of SPASA members was used to determine the amount of water used in an average swimming pool.

ƒƒ40,000 litre pool = 4,000 litre water tank ƒƒ60,000 litre pool = 5,000 litre water tank

6. What calculations have been carried out to prove the water neutral concept? To calculate water collection capacity, Bureau of Meteorology average rainfall data was used to determine the amount of water a pool could capture as well as how much run-off a 50 square metre roof would send to a water tank. To calculate water loss, Bureau of Meteorology evaporation rates based on a pool’s surface area, backwash loss from the filter and the diverter were used. The diverter is connected to the water tank and stops pollutants from the catchment area entering the tank, losing some water in the process.

Loss to water tank diverter

N/A 8,700 8,700

Water gained

N/A 42,359 26,275

Loss through evaporation

34,124 17,062 17,062

Backwash loss

5,724 2,862 2,862

Total water loss

39,848 19,924 19,924

Surplus water

-21,519 22,435 6,351

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7. Where is a Water Neutral Pool available and how will owners of Water Neutral Pools be recognised? SPASA members are able to install a Water Neutral Pool, as are owner builders and registered building practitioners. However, only a SPASA member can provide a pool owner with a Water Neutral Pool compliance certificate and plaque. SPASA members/pool owners will then need to advise SPASA that their pool has the required Water Neutral Pool features by providing site photos or receipts proving purchase, SPASA will then be able to confirm the pool owners have installed a Water Neutral Pool and will issue a certificate and display plaque for property owners to promote that their pool is water efficient. By displaying the plaque a home-owner is showing that they are taking positive steps to enjoy their pool and reuse and recycle water at the same time.

8. Will it cost more to have a Water Neutral Pool? Making a pool water neutral represents only a small proportion of a pool’s total investment. Water efficient features vary in price according to pool size. For a 40,000 litre Water Neutral Pool costs average $3,800 (based on $1,500 for a 5,000 litre tank, $700 for an 8 x 4 metre pool blanket and $1,600 for a backwash minimisation system). All costs associated with being certified water neutral are set-up costs and are necessary in order for pool owners to be certified as responsible water managers. SPASA encourages home owners to consider both the environmental cost of not making their pool a Water Neutral Pool as well as the future economic savings to be had by reducing the use of increasingly expensive water and pool chemicals.

SPASA Unit 55, 41-49 Norcal Road Nunawading, Vic. 3131 Australia p 03 9872 4502 e w Please quote inform as your source

1 1. Pool cover for Water Neutral Pools 2 2. Pool cover for Water Neutral Pools

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Who is CEDIA? About CEDIA:

2 1. Home theatre 1 3 2. High-tech installation 3. Home theatre


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CEDIA Asia Pacific is part of CEDIA, an international not-for-profit trade association of companies that specialise in designing and installing electronic systems for the home or commercial applications. The association was founded in the USA in 1989 and has more than 3500 member companies worldwide, and administration offices in the US, UK and Australia. CEDIA members are established and insured businesses with bona fide qualifications and experience in this specialised field. CEDIA members include Residential Electronics Systems Professionals who have emerged as the “fourth contractor� in the building and remodelling industries alongside electrical, plumbing and HVAC professionals.

Changing demands Commercial developers and homeowners are increasingly seeking advanced features when it comes to high-end entertainment, automation and networking. They want hi-tech boardrooms, home theatre, multiroom audio and video, lighting control and integrated, connected systems and they want all of these to be easy to use. Therefore, successful integration of custom electronics is becoming more and more essential to the design of modern homes and offices. Complete and functional integration of any building requires a diverse range of dependable products, experienced professionals with skilful installation capabilities and thoughtful project planning and implementation, which often means architects and builders need to collaborate with expert consultants to achieve success. As experts in home technology and the integration of electronic systems into commercial and home

environments, CEDIA members can help architects and builders to understand the principles and processes involved in designing and implementing custom electronics systems that accurately meet the needs and desires of customers. They bring qualified experience to any project, along with an insight into the labyrinth of opportunities available in custom electronic design. CEDIA members continually take part in an education program that ensures they are up to date with new technology and across all advances in installation procedures. As professional consultants they provide advice, design, and supply and install systems, whether retrofitting an existing building, renovating or developing a new construction. All CEDIA members are qualified, insured professionals who work directly with architects, builders and interior designers to provide installations that meet the varying needs of a diverse customer base.

Custom electronic installers Custom electronics installers are technology experts who are responsible for the incorporation of consumer electronic systems into your home and lifestyles designs. Installers are responsible for integrating all the electronic equipment necessary for entertainment, security and automation in both interior and exterior living spaces. Custom designers install and maintain electronics systems that

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complement the architecture of a building and blend with its interior style. They have the ability to fully integrate products and systems into the structure of homes or incorporate products as centre pieces of a home’s technical design. CEDIA installers have specialised knowledge and skills, as well as contemporary working knowledge of architecture, building design, interior design and electrical systems. Custom installers also remain up to date with the latest technology and continually collaborate with architects, interior designers and builders throughout the project.

What does a custom installer do? Custom electronics installation projects can vary enormously in scope, complexity and cost and ranging from simple one-room home theatre set-ups to fully integrated multi-million dollar systems. Custom installers have experience in a variety of home electronic disciplines that include: ƒƒHome entertainment systems ƒƒHome cinema and high-end music rooms ƒƒIntegrated telecommunications ƒƒHome networking systems


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ƒƒRemote and automated control

Things to remember:

ƒƒIntegrated security and climate control

ƒƒMatch the custom electronic technology to your current needs

ƒƒMulti-zone distributed audio systems The custom electronic design and installation process begins when an architect, builder, or interior designer expresses the desire to incorporate technology into a building project. The custom designers then create workable initiatives that incorporate technology according to the needs of the client and the overall budget. While custom installation is a burgeoning element of new home design there are increasing demands for retro-fitting technology systems into existing homes. Importantly and in either scenario, custom installers plan for future electronic needs and wants by installing a foundational wiring framework in the building. Custom installers act like any other qualified home building contractor. They are obligated to be fully insured and will have references from the industry and previous customers. They comply with written estimates, work to timelines and create all relevant documentation. Installation companies also manage every stage of the installation project and offer guarantees.

ƒƒAlways plan for any future upgrades by fully pre-wiring your home ƒƒBalance budget considerations against enhanced lifestyle factors ƒƒNever limit the future potential of your integrated systems ƒƒTry to preview prospective products before buying them.

The ten stages in custom electronic design 01 Most important, choose a current CEDIA member, because CEDIA members are qualified and always informed on and trained in the latest technologies and installation techniques; and engage them as early as possible. 02 Find someone who is prepared to listen to your needs and wishes as well as being prepared to achieve the outcomes you desire, rather than someone who is more interested in selling you particular brands or products. 03 Find a person or business you like and trust. The way to gauge if you can have

confidence in your custom installer is to note how well they listen to you and if they take on board what you say. It’s also helpful to know whether or not they allow access to information on previous installations and clients. 04 Find someone who explains clearly about new technologies so you can make an informed choice about what type of facilities and systems you desire; you don’t want to miss out on products because you weren’t aware (equally you don’t want to have technologies you don’t need forced on you). 05 You need a reputable company with qualified and efficient installation people who are mindful of the fact that your house is your home and consequently treat it with the respect it deserves. 06 Look at the product that has been recommended for your installation and check its quality. You want high quality gear and that can be verified from magazines or online sources. 07 You need someone who is happy to let you talk to the supplier of the product. This is a part of building trust and credibility and most suppliers are happy to answer questions. 08 Look for an installer who can install more than just audio and video components or who has reliable affiliates who can handle these things. For example you need people experienced in lighting, security, telephone systems and climate control if you want those systems installed. This is especially important if you are building a new home because there will generally be fewer trades involved and you’ll get a better integrated system rather than a bunch of divergent and conflicting technologies.

09 The installer must allow clients personal contact throughout the whole process. It’s not helpful to choose someone who is unavailable and difficult to deal with. 10 You need to work with a business or person who can oversee everything in the project. You must also feel comfortable with the ability and interpersonal skills of the person who is assuming those responsibilities. If you’ve covered the options then you’re almost assured to choose this type of person or company.

CEDIA Asia Pacific Unit 2, 10-18 Ocean Street Botany, NSW 2019 Australia p 02 9666 1677 e w Please quote inform as your source

1 2 1. Home office study 2. Design consultation with an architect



Beautiful. Sustainable. Beautiful. Timber.

Membership of the not-for-profit Timber Merchants Association spans the entire timber and building materials value chain, and their Advice & Display Centre in Blackburn reflects their unified commitment to eco friendly building.

timbers, and for sustainable engineered beams. “Engineered wood products and new technology in glues means that engineered beams are stronger and available in increasingly larger spans. This is empowering designers to be more adventurous with flexible open plan living, capturing natural thermal moderation while benefiting lifestyle,” said Heath.

Sustainable. Timber. With a skilled Help Desk and a range

of technical services, Centre offers Learn More. Visit Timber Advice &the Display Centre a wealth of information published in print & electronic plusSaturday individual | 8.30am - 5.00pm Weekdays | 9.00amformat, - 5.00pm advice about local and exotic timbers, Advisors:available Mon, Wed. Friday | to the&designer/specifier, building tradesperson and DIY renovator. 180 Whitehorse Rd | Blackburn, Cnr Alfred Street.

Every building input is being examined for its role in sustainability, and the commitment to environmental leadership at TADC/TMA is not just at management level. TADC Exhibitors conduct regular Industry In addition to an5000 extensive range of | Phone: 03 9875 Product Awareness nights designed to beautiful timber products, the Centre drive appreciation of environmentally robust features “Best of Breed” products for innovation in products and services right to all aspects of environmental design the coal face of the 100+ TMA Merchant and building, including solar, “invisible” Member sites throughout Victoria and water tanks, insulations, low and no South Australia. “Ours is a service oriented VOC coatings, fixings and adhesives, market, so product knowledge is essential double glazed windows/doors, blinds and for all our staff,” says Elizabeth Webster, awnings, designer glass… the list goes on. Manager of DeMar Timber & Hardware in The information library introduces visitors inner Melbourne. “Every product must be to hundreds of publications from both local Timber Merchants Association (Vic) & Display Centre environmentally superior,” she emphasises. Timber Advice and international suppliers. The TADC also showcases service “Whether you’re designing, building, or providers offering useful custom services. renovating a home today, its life-cycle Bowen’s supplied special timbers into environmental impact must be top of mind,” some of Melbourne’s most visited Heritage says TMA Member, John Bowen—a fourth landmarks, including the rebuilt St Kilda generation Timber Merchant. The Bowen pier, where all timbers had to be original in family have been vitally involved in the specie, and in imperial measure. Custom supply of building materials since 1894, services are available on most timber when life was simple and timber was just products through the TADC and TMA “sixpence a stick”—though today’s Timber Timber Merchants. Merchants navigate a more complex market. According to Elizabeth Webster another growth product is exterior cladding “We assist designers, builders and products that “are eco friendly in multiple consumers with full chain of custody ways, plus offer the added benefit of certification and supply timber products saving significant time during installation”. sourced from sustainably managed forests. An exciting array can be seen and sampled The industry is increasingly ready to meet at the TADC. this emerging trend,” says Heath Caddy—a third generation Timber Merchant, and And it’s not only products that are evolving. CEO of Lamcal Builders Supplies. Lamcal Elizabeth is one of only two TMA Member provided specialty timbers to Central Pier Merchant businesses to be managed at Docklands and & theDisplay 83rd floorCentre of Eureka entirely by women. Her family business, Learn More. Visit Timber Advice Tower where chain-of-custody 8.30am - 5.00pm Weekdays | 9.00am - 5.00pm Saturday | Advisors: Mon,was Wed.a&high Friday | DeMar Timber & Hardware, specialised priority. in recycled building products when such 180 Whitehorse Rd | Blackburn, Cnr Alfred Street. | Phone: 03 9875 5000 places were known affectionately as “junk Lamcal promote their “Termituff” range yards”—but today, under the management of safe, termite resistant timbers in the of Mum, Myriam, and sisters, Elizabeth Timber Advice & Display Centre, and are and Nicole, DeMar offer the most beautiful seeing growth in demand for safely treated Centre Display Advice &and Timber Timber Merchants Association (Vic) unusual timbers, from hardwoods

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to new composites. “Interior or Exterior, we’re a one-stop shop for every input into environmentally aware building,� these vibrant women say. “Our customers want to deal with suppliers who are up front and don’t mislead with both availability and quality, so I’m always adding products offered by trustworthy suppliers who share our commitment to sustainability, and whose products are “best of breed,� says Elizabeth.

Some have been known to say jokingly that the Timber & Building Materials industry changes as slowly as trees, but this new breed of conscientious managers are evidence that that joke belongs in yesteryear. Whatever eco friendly product or service they’re seeking,


Architects, Designers, and Builders are encouraged to prefer suppliers branded under TMA logo, and invited to check out the TADC in person, and/or give the helpdesk a call on (03) 9875 5010

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7ORRIEDABOUTYOURSTAFFSTIMETOGETGOING They often work with a receptionist or bookkeeper over the Internet to configure and populate an out-of-the-box system so you can quickly start to gain the benefits. They then provide regular, on-the-job, just-in-time training as you gradually start using more of the features. I hear they are treasured by customers, admired by programmers and feared by competitors! For more information or to request a demonstration please contact eTrack Products Pty Ltd on 02 9960 3787 or visit and click on Architects.

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Holmesglen Institute of TAFE bridges

WMCQ Architects are pleased to provide a brief synopsis of the use of Danpalon for the pedestrian bridges at Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Chadstone campus.

Synopsis As part of a larger building refurbishment project at the HoImesglen Institute of TAFE, Chadstone campus, the brief required the connection of 4 existing student and administration buildings, across an existing road, by way of 2 new pedestrian bridges. The design aimed to create a weatherproof link, with a tempered internal environment, utilising a contemporary material that contrasted with the brick and coIourbond of the existing buildings. The design required a cladding material with a level of translucency, to reduce the requirement for daytime lighting. On selecting Danpalon for these properties, the design aimed to utilise the material’s inherent properties to their full extent. This resulted in a sprung curved design, which also fulfilled other criteria including: ƒƒmodular construction and universal fixings, ƒƒease of installation, ƒƒflexibility, ƒƒcolour range and ƒƒinsulation properties. Danpalon’s translucency allowed the use of internal lighting to provide a night time presence, with the bridges acting as beacons on campus. The Danpalon does not join at the underside of the bridge, providing natural ventilation, and allowing the bridges to be washed clean on the inside, without any water-pooling. APM Group were the project contractors, with Millenium Roofing the specialist subcontractor. Not having used Danpalon in this application before, the subcontractor commented on the ease of installation. Barry Shears, at Australian Polycarbonate Products, was extremely helpful during the design phase, providing full scale installation examples for both the Architect and contractor, and customising the Danpalon to achieve the required UV protection and warranty requirements. The product selected was a single skin of 12000 mm long Danpalon 8 mm Multicell Polycarbonate, with an additional applied UV coating to the exterior face, in ‘Clear’, ‘Bronze’ and ‘Heatstop’ Tim Whitefield


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Digital architecture of the future

Aware or not there are some major changes in the wind for consumers of all things electronic. Like it or not this is going to mean some major adjustments for anyone involved in bringing this technology to that consumer. The time is close when all new homes will have some basic form of automation. It is safe to assume that the majority of the wiring for this will be provided by the same people who wire homes now—i.e. electricians, and that this will be specified by the builder or architect. The difference is that this automation will not only include lighting control, but will encompass security, irrigation, assorted electrical devices plus audio and visual distribution. At the same time the sources for both audio and distribution will rapidly move from conventional forms of CD, DVD etc. to distribution via broadband.

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2. The clients of this house did not wish to spoil their expansive rural views. A plasma rising from a lifter situated under the cement slab floor ensured that the view was uninterrupted when the screen was not in use.


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This will coincide with other changes which are already under-way. The traditional Consumer Electronic (CE) channels are under enormous pressure from the burgeoning ‘box-moving’ outlets. The amount of floor space allocated to both the CE and Information Technology (IT) industries from these outlets over the last few years has mushroomed—to a level which I believe is now unsustainable. This has resulted in intense competition, and

corresponding pressures on profit margins. While traditional installers may have the advantages in design and installation techniques, which the consumer is willing to pay for, the consumer is by and large unwilling to pay a premium for the hardware involved. At the same time the IT industry is waking up to the fact that in terms of margin the CE industry is still more lucrative than their traditional IT market. However the IT industry, through necessity, goes to market differently than the CE industry. While they make little on the supply of boxes they are very adept at charging for their expertise and time. The CE industry has historically made its money on the supply of boxes and has given their expertise and time away for nothing. This channel is now facing the prospect of giving away both the boxes (in order to remain competitive) while continuing to give away their trump card, their knowledge. On top of this a portion of the traditional CE market will disappear. As distribution of music, video and gaming sources goes on-line the market for DVD players, CD players and recorders, Set-Top-Boxes and AM/FM tuners will diminish or disappear altogether. Even if there is a market for these components it will exist in an all-inone device such as a Media Server.

Finally, and possibly most significantly, this industry will continue to be deflationary. It takes a very special industry which can survive in an inflationary environment when prices continue to fall. This can be offset while demand continues to escalate, but this will not continue forever, and prices are already dropping faster than demand is increasing. So where does this rather depressing scenario leave those currently working in the CEDIA channel. The reality is that once this industry comes to grips with the problems listed above (or as the case may be, even recognises that the problems exist) we will also realise that it also presents unheralded opportunities. The fact that the majority of new homes will expose a previously skeptical population to the potentials offered by an even basic level of automation will raise consumers’ expectations. Integration of security will become more important as the population, mostly aging, feels less and less secure. More importantly the vast volume of material, both audio and video, available on-line will create a demand beyond the traditional DVD and CD Hollywood blockbuster/Top 40 offerings of today. The customer of tomorrow will demand easy access to this material, and they will want it distributed beyond their living rooms. As the tendency to ‘cocooning’ continues, demands for more and larger video screens, plus dedicated viewing rooms, will escalate. Consumers will insist on all the advantages that the automation of their new home will offer, but will require it in a simple and useable format. In reality the CEDIA member of tomorrow may wear one or more of many hats, but all, in some way, will be the digital architects of the future.

The consumer love affair with technology will continue unabated for many years to come, but as products become more closely integrated (convergence?) the demand for expertise in putting all these items together will grow. This will remain outside the expertise of the box-movers. The consumer will no longer be content to simply back their car up to the loading dock of a faceless electronics warehouse and take their new toys home and connect them themselves. At the same time the ability to design and install the necessary networks to integrate and distribute this new world will also be outside the expertise of the traditional electrician or alarm installer. There is enormous potential for the existing CEDIA channel provided that we: ƒƒbecome comfortable with charging for our knowledge and time. Those that are suppliers of boxes will never again make the margins necessary to also offer any sort of support and survive. Our time and expertise must become a source of income. ƒƒstart training. As mentioned the IT industry is making moves into the CE industry, and have some obvious talents in this field as CE products become more IT based. At the same time there are many electricians, alarm installers etc. who are very successfully moving into the field of automation and convergence. Once again they have some very obvious skill sets which many of the more traditional CEDIA members do not have, but must learn in order to survive. ƒƒrecommend and sell quality. Given a valid argument, most consumers will buy quality, but for many the current tendency is to offer the job at the lowest possible

price. Two years ago Len Wallis Audio installed an in-ceiling speaker comparator where a couple of dozen in-ceiling and in-wall speakers could be compared. Prior to this we, like most designers, primarily sold off brochures, and our best selling speaker was priced at $399 a pair (our second cheapest offering). Today our number one selling in-ceiling speaker sells for $995 a pair—a huge increase in revenue for very little initial, and no reoccurring, outlay. Give the consumer a reason to buy quality and in most cases they will.

to $85 billion by 2010, up from $14 billion in 2005. There is nobody in a better position to take advantage of, and control of, this developing market than a CEDIA member.

Len Wallis Audio 64 Burns Bay Road Lane Cove, NSW 2066 Australia p 02 9427 6755 e w The consumer of tomorrow is faced with a very exciting, and richly rewarding, electronic future. With few exceptions they will not have the ability or even desire to understand how it works or goes together. They will simply be looking for the results that a well integrated package will bring.

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The technology will need to be seamless, and will need to enhance, not dominate, their lives. It has been recently reported that the market for home networking and connected entertainment devices will grow

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1. The client’s requirements were for a comfortable theatre in an informal family orientated environment 2. Central communications area




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Bird control for heritage buildings ANC Bird Control completed work for the heritage-listed Royal Melbourne Showgrounds and used stainless steel attachments throughout to achieve sustainability for applications including cables, net hooks and turn buckles. “The client wanted a design that was neither visible nor accessible. We achieved this by placing attachments behind the stands and cutting the net to enable it to follow the trusses to the back wall. Fire retardant netting, which was also provided, was a necessity,” said manager Greg Cowan. Mr Cowan said the company took pride in being able to provide low-maintenance and unobtrusive bird control systems with minimal effects on building aesthetics. “This results in overall pest control on feral birds and assists in reducing the deleterious effects that can incur to buildings and humans, with the increased benefit of reduced costs associated with bird infestation,” he explained.

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GIOIA DESIGN fine furniture opens in Sydney Fortune Phoenix Pty Ltd has opened its flagship retail store, GIOIA Design in Australia in the Danks St Waterloo Arts Precinct. Renowned internationally for its custom designed pieces. GIOIA Design furniture is featured in the Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, The Ritz Carlton, Denver and The Four Seasons. GIOIA Design takes a vision of traditional luxury and interprets it to a modern lifestyle. The range incorporates fresh new design creating pieces that are contemporary yet retain classicism and comfort. The new ranges in store reveal striking wood designs, rich fabrics, and generous shapes that express stylish living. Clean modernity with reference to the classics is a key design principle. The “Barclay” bedroom range features striking upholstered headboard, side tables, an étagère and dressing/side table. The “Chrysler” Collection features art deco inspired consoles and tables Dining tables and custom upholstered chairs are a specialty of the “Chateaux” range. Parquetry designs and fine timber finishes are featured. Along with the retail store, GIOIA Design offers a custom service for hospitality projects, architects and interior designers. GIOIA DESIGN fine furniture - Sophisticated style and modern elegance.

GIOIA Design Contact CK Chen Showroom 11, 9 Danks Street, Waterloo, NSW 2017 p 02 9690 2999

Vrtikl Vrtikl the new Freestanding balanced flue gas log fire from Jetmaster-Heat & Glo combines sleek lines and contemporary styling, with the advanced thinking and practicality of a balanced flue freestanding fireplace. The Vrtikl with its tall curved firebox opening makes a powerful modern design statement. The curved glass front comes with a choice of two colour tints, giving you creative options to co -ordinate with the homes interior. Optional colour tinted glass hearth pads match the parabolic shape of the stove. The tall slim design of the Vrtikl makes for an ideal corner installation. Other features include: ƒƒTop or rear venting options. ƒƒMulti function automatic ignition remote control. ƒƒEffective space heater with 74% efficiency. ƒƒNot reliant on mains power ƒƒCurved front glass creates natural convection, eliminating the need for a fan. ƒƒOptional cast stone surround.

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Big style for smaller kitchens The new Q series 70cm collection from Ilve – perfect for those kitchens with space restrictions, yet still requiring the convenience of a large capacity. Chef quality features include pizza, bread and pastry cooking function, rotisserie and Turbowave Quickstart preheating function (from 0-180˚C in 8 minutes). Also non-staining black vitreous enamel, Catalytic cook and clean interior, triple door glazing and removable oven door. The Q series offers chic simplicity, stainless steel finish, commercial style control panel and knobs. Included in the range is a matching gas cooktop complete with 4 burners and a large wok burner, plus a 70cm rangehood. Prices are: Oven 700WMP $3,263, Cooktop H70SDVX $1,899 and E75 $964.

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An experience like none other Within the showrooms modern minimalist interior are 54 designer kitchens and bathrooms – some of which have been designed by SJB. This one stop shop also has a breathtaking choice of the latest fittings, finishes and appliances to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. The showroom’s inspiring, relaxed environment allows customers to roam freely from bay to bay, view samples at a central circulation space and take time out together their thoughts and discuss ideas in break out areas with tables and chairs. When they are ready to create the kitchen or bathroom of their dreams, experienced designers can assist them with the final decision making and layout on a state of the art CAD computer. Once designed Harvey Norman Design & Renovations project manages the entire process including installation, all trades and acquisition of all products. This was the proprietor, Chris Garris’ aim. “I wanted to make the whole experience as easy, enjoyable and stress free as possible.” To encapsulate all of the above they also back the quality of their work with a stunning 10 year warranty on all workmanship. This is truly an experience like none other.

Harvey Norman Design & Renovations Contact Dave Dribbin 1430 Dandenong Road, Oakleigh, Vic. 3166, Australia p 03 9540 5555 f 03 9563 4355 e w

A smooth face to an inner city gymnasium by Tridente Architects The Robert Henshall Sport Centre has consolidated the built form to the northern boundary of Pulteney Grammar School and has defined the new north-south pedestrian corridor through the campus. To close the southern facade a Danpalon clad wall has been introduced in conjunction with an internal full height stainless steel ball guard. The reverse fixed system presents a smooth face to the exterior to the south and provides further illumination. Utilising robust materials and refined detailing has resulted in an extremely serviceable external building skin appropriate to this inner city location.

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Performance, noise & climate control solutions without compromising your view Austview Sashless Windows combine the latest in contemporary design with the best elements of proven window technology. And now with all new Sashless Window designs, with added performance, to improve not only your air conditioning and ventilation requirements but also maintain a versatile, clear view & slimline style. New features include: ƒƒDouble Glazing 18mm Insulated Glass Units ƒƒCapral Genesis Frame series ƒƒCapral 580 Domestic Frame Series ƒƒAcoustic Technology ƒƒClimate Technology ƒƒImproved Horizontal Sliders ƒƒAdded Austview Sashless configurations & designs

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Spheres of influence

Commercial installation Café 2007–Camberwell It is important when designing a sound system for a commercial property to make sure that it fits in with the environment and décor. This café was very stylish and needed speakers that would blend in with the décor. Previously the only system in the café consisted of an iPod played through an amplifier that powered a pair of speakers. Although this provided some background music it was very limited. Most of the sound was focused on one side of the café while other guests heard muffled sounds. It is important to make sure that the music is clear and all customers are able to hear it without the need to turn up the volume. This poses a challenge where form and function need to have equal importance. The solution was to choose a speaker system which would provide both an aesthetic pleasing solution and also have practical applications. The Gallo speakers which are simple spheres four inches in diameter provided a great solution to the problem faced with the installation. The fact


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that the speakers are able to be installed into the ceiling or on brackets was a great solution. In this case, as you can see from some of the photographs, the customer decided to have the speakers installed on brackets on the ceiling. The speakers which are made of stainless steel look impressive hovering over the dining area and add style to the already chic environment. The Anthony Gallo Micro Speakers from the U.S, which also come with a 25 year warranty, were chosen in particular for their quality, round shape and style. The original concept was to have each round speaker in a different color. The speakers come in an array of colors such as red, yellow, blue, white, black or stainless steel. It was agreed that stainless steel would provide the greatest contrast and style. The speakers were also a perfect match to the dome CCTV cameras and the round pendant lights over the bar. The installation was quite simple. The music source was an iPod playing through an amplifier then distributed via a speaker selector to different zones throughout the main café, outdoor areas and toilets. The

importance is to make the system a very user friendly setup. The aim was to make sure all the customer had to do was press PLAY and turn a volume knob to control the loudness. Very simple, effective and importantly a very natural sound was the result from the installation. The equipment used in the installation is below for those wanting to duplicate such a set-up. The installation took approximately one day for all wiring and testing but bear in mind that each installation has its own particular requirements and a visit from a professional installer is always recommended before undertaking such projects to factor in costs.

Domestic installation

Equipment used:

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ƒƒAnthony Gallo Acoustic Stainless Steel Micro speakers and brackets.

The domestic environment poses a different type of challenge. But both require the input of the owner. Unlike a commercial installation, the client lives at the property so it is important to ascertain the needs of the client. In this case it was important to make sure that both style and function were met. The aim was to provide a home theatre in a domestic environment. The Anthony Gallo speakers were once more chosen for their style and practical

ƒƒAnthony Gallo Acoustic Subwoofer ƒƒNiles 6 way speaker selector with Volume ƒƒSonamp 100 watt Stereo Power Amplifier ƒƒOnkyo iPod Dock

application. In this instance we also used the Theatre Reference AV Series which were installed on the wall. (see photos). This allowed us to provide a stylish solution and provide the necessary quality the customer required. The round 5 inch Anthony Gallo Adiva speakers were also used but these were installed into the ceiling rings which allowed them to be pointed towards the listening area. Stainless steel, one of the more popular finishes, was again used. The rest of the equipment listed below allowed

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us to provide the client with various entertainment solutions from experiencing home theatre to simple music in the background. All this with the simple touch of a button on a universal remote control. The universal remote allowed us to program all the other equipment used on to one remote control, thereby eliminating the need for eight other remotes. The universal remote is also wireless so the user does not need to point the remote in the direction of the equipment but can be anywhere in the house when selecting what function they need. Simplicity is as important as style when installing complicated systems. This means that even the most basic user can choose what it is they want to listen to or view with the simple touch of one button. A color screen on the remote made choice a simple formality. The wiring of such a system is also very important and it is important to not only consult an electrician but also an audio specialist as this will save both time and money in the future. This is a time consuming and often expensive process but it is the difference between


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a proper installation and one that will cause problems later. Quite often people underestimate the costs involved in the installation. It is not uncommon in some instances for the installation to cost as much as the equipment. This will often depend on the many needs of the customers. The result however is a very satisfied customer that will have many years of trouble free use and enjoyment. Consultation with a professional approved installer will save both time and money. Design & Installation by Custom Sound Vision—0433 148 303 Equipment used: ƒƒGallo Acoustic Stainless Steel Adiva ƒƒGallo Acoustic Flushmount Ceiling Bracket ƒƒGallo Acoustic Reference AV ƒƒSunfire Subwoofer ƒƒSunfire AV preamplifer ƒƒSunfire AV Multi channel amplifier ƒƒPhilips TSU 9400 Colour Touchscreen Remote Control ƒƒPhilips RFX 9400 wireless IR Receiver ƒƒPanasonic 50 inch Plasma

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Anthony Gallo Micro 5.1 Satellite Speakers

Soundmatters SLIMstage Surround Sound Consoles

Anthony Gallo, a speaker designer with a love for music, has developed one of the most innovative stereo and home theatre products on the market today. The Micro 5.1 Satellite speakers and subwoofer systems are quality products of the future. These attractive speakers are only Gallo Micro 5.1 Satellite Speakers 4 Anthony inches in diameter and come in a variety of colours — including stainless Anthony Gallo, acan speaker designer with(pictured) a love forormusic, has developed steel. The speakers be ceiling installed wall mounted on a one ofThe theSatellite most innovative stereowith and home products on the bracket. speakers come a 25 yeartheatre warranty. market today. The Micro 5.1 Satellite speakers and subwoofer systems are quality products of the future. These attractive speakers are only 4 inches in diameter and come in a variety of colours — including stainless steel. The speakers can be ceiling installed (pictured) or wall mounted on a bracket. The are Satellite speakers with a 25 year warranty. Both products available fromcome selected Harvey Norman stores.

This all-in-one Super-Thin Digital 5.1 Surround Sound Console is 3.5” high by 3.7”deep (slimmer than most at panel TVs).The SLIMstage sound solution projects convincing, detailed surround sound and provides a complete home theatre playback solution. Available in three widths to compliment Soundmatters Sound Consoles any large-screen SLIMstage at panel or Surround rear projection TV. With the SLIMstage Thisisall-in-one Digitalon 5.1aesthetics Surroundor Sound is 3.5” high there no needSuper-Thin to compromise soundConsole — it looks good andby 3.7”deep (slimmer than most at panel TVs).The solution delivers incredible acoustics, allthis — without the SLIMstage need for asound subwoofer. projects convincing, detailed surround sound and provides a complete home theatre playback solution. Available in three widths to compliment any large-screen at panel or rear projection TV. With the SLIMstage there is no need to compromise on aesthetics or sound — it looks good and delivers incredible acoustics, all this — without the need for a subwoofer.

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Both products are available from selected Harvey Norman stores. For more information call (03) 9931 0328 or email

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Standards Australia updates

Fire sprinklers for the home NEW AS 2118.5—2008, Automatic fire sprinkler systems—Home fire sprinkler systems. This Standard provides a cost-effective system that can utilise existing plumbing in a home. It specifies minimum requirements for components, design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of automatic home fire sprinkler systems using an independent piping system serving fire sprinklers only or a combined piping system serving both the fire sprinklers and the domestic plumbing fixtures. It covers: ƒƒSingle dwellings, detached houses ƒƒTerrace houses, townhouses, villa units (multiple adjoining dwellings which are separated by fire rated walls) ƒƒMoveable or relocatable dwellings ƒƒCabins ƒƒ‘Granny’ flats

New guide to the changes in the wiring rules GB 300—2008 is a new guide to help locate the many changes to the Wiring Rules from the 2000 version to the 2007 edition quickly and easily.

New look AS 4349, inspection of buildings Standards Australia has revised AS 4349.1 to improve safety requirements and enable home buyers to make more informed decisions. Now available in two parts, it covers General and Residential building requirements. To help make the inspection process easier, Part 1 of the popular AS 4349, Inspection of buildings series has now been split into General and Residential building requirements. NEW AS 4349.0—2007, Inspection of buildings—General requirements

New to the AS 4349 series, Part 0 sets out the minimum requirements for property inspections and the preparation of building reports. NEW AS 4349.1—2007, Inspection of buildings—Pre-purchase inspections— Residential buildings. Extensively revised, Part 1 covers inspections and preparation of building reports for all types of residential property.

Supply concrete with our guidance Newly Revised: AS 1379—2007, Specification and supply of concrete This revised edition provides you with in-depth information on all stages of the concrete process, from materials, testing, mixing to delivery.

What’s new? Extension of standard concrete grades from 50 MPa to 100 MPa Introduction of new clause covering chemical admixtures and chemical content of concrete Introduction of new special class concrete designations to recognise exposure classification Provides transparency of cement and aggregates required for durability Introduction of reportable chemical properties of mixing water Modification of acceptable variation between test specimens Reformatting of Table B1 to make it more user friendly.

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Focus on safety Over the next few issues we will be looking at the general principles of Office Layout & Design, Workstation Design, Seating, Desks & Workbenches and Storage & Moving Systems. This is extracted from the Work Safe publication “Officewise – A guide to Health & Safety in the Office”. In this issue we are starting with Office Layout & Design. Reception desk

Reception / Waiting area


Floor surfaces

An important feature of modern office design is the need for flexibility in office layout, furniture, equipment and the environment to suit the needs of the users and the work they perform. Design must be taken into account in the early stages, not just when a building is being outfitted. See Victorian WorkCover Authority’s Designing Safer Buildings and Structures: a Guide to Section 28 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004.

Generally carpet is preferred in office areas to provide a comfortable walking surface and to reduce noise, reflected light from polished floor surfaces and the risk of slips and falls. Selection of wool mix carpets reduces the build-up of static electricity which can give a mild electric shock. Carpets should be properly laid without loose edges or ripples and should be well maintained. Where there are tasks requiring pushing and pulling wheeled equipment, carpet should be low profile to prevent high force manual handling.

border of a walkway. When choosing the location of this equipment it is important to consider what other activities occur in the area. For example, a filing cabinet requires approximately 1.2 metres of space in front of it to enable someone to access a fully opened bottom drawer. If this projects into a frequently used walkway it becomes an obstruction and a hazard will be created.

Floor space Provision of adequate space in an office to enable a person to operate effectively is essential. There are three types of space that need to be considered: primary space – amenities, meeting rooms, lift lobbies and similar areas; secondary space – corridors and storage; and tertiary space – space required in a workstation to accommodate a desk, chair, drawers, filing cabinet and other necessary equipment. The Building Block approach is one method used to determine the amount of space required by personnel. This is based upon a functional analysis of their needs, that is the tasks they perform in their jobs. This method recommends a minimum of 6 square metres per person for tertiary space and additional space for secondary and primary space requirements. It enables planners to provide enough space for all the requirements of technical people working in offices including clerical and administrative staff. AS 1668.2 (2002) recommends an overall 10 square metres per person for offices, including primary, secondary and tertiary spaces. This standard relates to the ventilation of the building. The important thing to design for in all circumstances is the functional needs of the employee.


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Walkways Walkways should provide safe access and egress at all times. The use of walkways for temporary storage can introduce tripping or falling hazards and block emergency exits. The through traffic using walkways can be a source of noise and distraction for staff positioned near them. Walkways near office workstations should be bordered by sound absorbing panelling to help reduce noise.

Function of the space The size and layout of a work area should accommodate the equipment and the needs of the users. Where equipment such as photocopiers, faxes and printers are used, there is a need to accommodate the equipment and allow for additional traffic and general activity.

Eating and relaxation facilities A separate space, with access to hot water and a sink, should be provided for meal and tea breaks and to allow employees to take rest breaks away from their work desks.


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Partitions are used to divide workstations and provide visual and auditory privacy. They can also reduce unwanted distractions, provide a background visual surface for computer screens, reduce contrasting light intensities, help direct a person’s line of sight towards an external window for relief of visual fatigue, and control external and reflected light. Partitioning can cast shadows and reduce levels of light if not appropriately designed or installed. Refer to Section 3 for additional information.

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Boral recommends Aquaoil Opaques for its Ezyshield plywood panels which act as an effective noise barrier on the Monash Freeway in Victoria. Aquaoil Opaques in Fog and Charcoal add a nourishing, protective coating without concealing the natural beauty and texture of the timber.

Good-looking on wood, good for the environment Aquaoil Opaques by Quantum Timber Finishes are solid colour wood stains. They are derived from renewable vegetable-based products.

Aquaoil Opaques do a lot more than just look good. The penetrating stains are easy on the environment and ecologically sustainable. The limitless range of colours is easy to apply. And because Aquaoil Opaques are vegetable-based, clean-up is fast and simple with soap and water. Quantum tests its Aquaoil Opaques in exposed coastal and Alpine situations. So architects and builders choose Aquaoil Opaques because they know they will withstand extreme conditions and keep looking good. Wherever they are. Whatever the weather.

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AIA 2008 Events For further detail regarding each event please contact your local Chapter office or website.

National Events 1-2 September 2008 Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP), Parliament House Canberra BEMP is an annual conversation held between parliamentarians and industry leaders that showcases the relationship between Australian communities and their built environment. BEMP offers an opportunity to explore the economic, social and environmental and governance issues that help shape national prosperity. 14 September - 23 November 2008 11th Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy The Australian Pavilion exhibition ‘Abundant’ has been coordinated by Creative Directors Neil Durbach, Vince Frost, Gary Warner, Kerstin Thompson and Wendy Lewin. venicebiennale 24-27 September 2008 GreenFringe 08, Melbourne Future Green Leaders and 2050 have joined together to host a new green building conference exclusively for students, graduates and young professionals. This two day conference will also include a number of social events to encourage networking and idea sharing. 30 October 2008 National Architecture Awards, Adelaide This prestigious event recognises the innovation of architectural design where winners of 2008 State Architecture Awards are contenders for the National Architecture Awards. The night includes welcome cocktails, the awards presentation and formal dinner. 30 April - 2 May 2009 National Architecture Conference, Melbourne The 2009 National Architecture Conference Creative Directors are TERROIR; Gerard Reinmuth, Richard Blythe and Scott Balmforth. The conference will be co-located with the designEX and Form & Function tradeshows. Tickets are expected to be on sale by 1 November 2008.

28 August Active Transport News from Brisbane City Council 29 August DNA of Successful Teams Seminar - Kite Events & Conferences 3-6 September From Fault-Lines to Sight-Lines: Subtropical Urbanism in 20-20 11 September Contract Management Masterclass - Kite Events & Conferences 16 September ‘Materials: Harm, Heal, Excite!’ - Presenter - Kirsty Mate

Informal CE Events:

24-27 September GreenFringe 08 (an alternative built environment forum)

11 August Seminar: Structural - SEA Architects Network 15 August DNA of successful teams - Kite Events & Conferences, 5+ Hours 25 August Constructive Dialogue - SPUN Architects Network, 1.5 Hours 27 August Renewable Energy, Our Future, Our Input AILA, 1 Hour

NT – Chapter

18-19 September National Sustainable Procurement Conference

1 October Gold Medal Tour - presentation by 2008 medallist Richard Johnson

ACT – Chapter

2 October Gold Medallist Richard Johnson will be conducting a special presentation aimed at emerging architects & students

Contempory Australian Architects Speaker Series: • 6 August Black Kosloff Knott • 13 August Neeson Murcutt Architects • 20 August Dale Jones Evens • 27 August Colin James 29 August NATSPEC Seminar 3 September 2008 ‘Materials: Harm, Heal, Excite!’ - Presenter - Kirsty Mate

NSW – Chapter 29 July - 9 August Louise Knowles - New Paintings 2008 Art Exihibition 18-20 August SEGRA 2008 - Creative Solutions: expect them to be different. The twelfth Annual Sustainable Economic Growth for Regional Australia Conference Albury 28 August REFUEL NSW - CPD Event- Exterior Glazing In Commercial Buildings 1 September (Newcastle) ‘Materials: Harm, Heal, Excite!’ - Presenter - Kirsty Mate

7 October ‘Materials: Harm, Heal, Excite!’ - Presenter - Kirsty Mate 29 October Pecha Kucha in conjunction with Darwin Visual Arts Association (DVAA) at Frogs Hollow.

20 September The Sparkling or Still Ball

WA – Chapter 4 September Gold Medallist – Richard Johnson 9 September ‘Materials: Harm, Heal, Excite!’ - Presenter - Kirsty Mate 13-16 October Architecture Week 13 October Opening Cocktail Function 14 October John Bilmon – The Water Cube 15 October W H Robertson Memorial Lecture 16 October 3 Over/4 Under

TAS – Chapter 7 August (Launceston) Professional Risk Management: Back to Basics 8 August (Hobart) Professional Risk Management: Back to Basics

VIC – Chapter 4 August Process @ Loop 11 August Victorian Medal Winnner Presentation 18 August Better Schools Seminar

21 August (Launceston) EmAGN presents Jad Silvester and Penny Fuller 22 August (Hobart) EmAGN presents Jad Silvester and Penny Fuller

25 August OH&S in the Consulting Industry

4 September (Launceston) Richard Goodwin

27 August Sustainable Architecture Forum 28-30 August Sustainable Housing - Climate for Change 15 September Materials: Harm, Heal, Excite!’ - Presenter - Kirsty Mate 21-25 September sb08 Melbourne Conference: The World Sustainable Building (SB) Conference

SA – Chapter

QLD – Chapter

17 September (Sydney) ‘Materials: Harm, Heal, Excite!’ - Presenter - Kirsty Mate

8-10 August SuperStudio (national event), 48 hour design competition

5 August The Search for Excellence Has No Finish Line with Max Walker

23 September REFUEL NSW - CPD Event- Ventilation The Balancing Act

8 September 2008 ‘Materials: Harm, Heal, Excite!’ - Presenter - Kirsty Mate

11 August CPTED: Fad or Benefit? (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design)

23 October REFUEL NSW - CPD Event - Exterior Fabric In Residential Architecture

23 August SuperTute: 3 hour Design studio, Location: UniSA

5 September (Hobart) Richard Goodwin 14 September (Hobart) ‘Materials: Harm, Heal, Excite!’ - Presenter - Kirsty Mate 16 September (Hobart) John Vella Public Art 14 October (Hobart) National ‘Refuel’ Seminar Series, Toxic Materials & Emerging Technologies 30 October (Launceston) Janet Laurence 31 October (Hobart) Janet Laurence 13 November (Launceston) Nick Murcutt and Rachel Neeson 14 November (Hobart) Nick Murcutt and Rachel Neeson

Information courtesy of Australian Institute of Architects


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