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EMERALD IS THE NEW GREEN FIONA WINZAR’S PASSIVE HOUSE CHALLENGES OLD MODELS FOR SUSTAINABLE HOUSING

EXTERIOR WALLS Ventilated facades for healthy buildings

LIGHTING Ethernet cables making LEDs even better

HEATING UP All your need to know about hot water systems


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ARCHITECTUREANDDESIGN.COM.AU Combining the best in new projects, industry news and expert commentary with the country’s most comprehensive archive of new products, suppliers and their educational resources. Go online today and discover what’s new.


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CONTENTS

EDITOR’S LETTER

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USTRALIA’S SUSTAINABLE BUILDING MOVEMENT HAS GROWN EXPONENTIALLY SINCE THE YEAR 2000 WHEN SYDNEY HOSTED THE OLYMPIC GAMES AND DEMONSTRATED TO THE WORLD THAT IT WAS POSSIBLE TO BUILD BIG, BEAUTIFUL, AND GREEN AT THE SAME TIME. BUT UNFORTUNATELY THE MOMENTUM OF THE ‘GREEN GAMES’ SEEMS TO HAVE LARGELY MISSED A PORTION OF AUSTRALIA’S BUILDING CROP – DETACHED HOUSING. Apart from the obvious policy and economic factors, one of the major causes of this problem is that Australian home designers can’t seem to reach a consensus on what actually constitutes ‘green’. Is a green home one that uses less energy to run, or is it one that used less energy to build? Is it a building designed to last, or is it one designed for disassembly? Perhaps the answer is that there is no definitive answer. How can we say absolutely, “this is a sustainable house now go build it”, when every site, client, and budget is different and each building serves different purposes throughout its lifecycle? This discussion is always robust among the Australian building design community but has gathered extra attention in the residential sector of late, courtesy of news that the German-born PassivHaus (PH) standard for sustainable residential design has well and truly reached our shores.

PUBLISHER MARTIN SINCLAIR E-MAIL: MARTIN.SINCLAIR@CIRRUSMEDIA.COM.AU DEPUTY EDITOR NATHAN JOHNSON PHONE: 02 8484 0781 E-MAIL: NATHAN.JOHNSON@CIRRUSMEDIA.COM.AU

While most would concede that the PH movement has done wonders for the energy performance of thousands (and thousands) of residences in Europe, some are also sceptical about the relativity of its performance requirements to buildings not subject to European-like climates. But PH addresses many elements of passive design and our project feature on page 20 shows that designing with PH principles along with some concessions can provide a highly sustainable outcome suited to Australian conditions.

ON THE COVER: EMERALD HOUSE BY FIONA WINZAR ARCHITECTS IS THE LATEST FROM THE VICTORIAN FIRM WHO ARE FAST MAKING A NAME FOR THEMSELVES IN THE SUSTAINABLE RESIDENTIAL BUILDING SPACE. PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICHARD GLOVER

NEWS

5 Lend Lease’s new prefab start-up to manufacture CLT components in Australia

That’s why this issue focuses on the latest upgrades to building products that are integral to the average Australian detached dwelling. Hopefully, after reading the magazine you will be better equipped to decide what constitutes green and which materials will better aid your next sustainable residential project.

NATHAN JOHNSON

14 A guide to different plasterboards for specialty areas

The two messages to be taken from the project are also applicable across all the articles in this magazine. The first is that ‘green’ can’t be conclusively defined but can be considered an attitude; the second is that what’s green for one isn’t necessarily green for another. This has always been pertinent to the process of specifying and purchasing building products, which involves the balancing of all the influences like the cost, performance and purpose of the product as well as its environmental credentials. The attitude here is to be as green as possible with what you’ve got.

WALLS, CEILINGS & INTERIOR FINISHES

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LIGHTING DESIGN

16 Ethernet cables powering office

EXTERIOR WALLS

lighting of the future

6 Ventilated facades keeping

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Five smart products to watch in 2016

buildings healthy

SUSTAINABILITY

20 Fiona Winzar’s latest project

shines emerald light on sustainable housing

12 WATER MANAGEMENT & PLUMBING

12 Hot water system options for detached housing

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NEWS

CLIMBS AND FALLS FOR AUSTRALIA IN WORLD ARCHITECTURE 100

THE NAN TIEN INSTITUTE AND CULTURAL CENTRE IN WOLLONGONG, NSW BY WOODS BAGOT OPENED IN EARLY 2015. PHOTOGRAPHY: PETER BENNETTS.

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IVE AUSTRALIAN PRACTICES WERE NAMED ON THE WORLD ARCHITECTURE 100 (WA100) LIST FOR 2016, REVEALED BY UK WEEKLY ARCHITECTURAL NEWSPAPER BUILDING DESIGN IN DECEMBER, 2015. Building Design surveyed 1,350 architecture practices across the globe to develop its list before ranking them based on the number of fee-earning architects they employ. The 2016 WA100 showed a mix of improvements and disappointments for Australia with the overall number of Australian firms in the WA100 falling from six in 2015, in conjunction with a few significant improvements from some firms. Woods Bagot climbed from its seventh place in 2015 to sixth in 2016 and is still the top ranked Australian firm on the list. Cox

Woods Bagot was also the firstranked practice in the Australasian region, the firm out-employing Australians Cox Architecture, Buchan Group, Bates Smart, GHD Woodhead, Hayball and Thomson Adsett and International firms, Jacobs (USA) and Warren and Mahoney (New Zealand) who also feature in the Australasian Top 10.

THE 2016 WA100 TOP 10 1.

Gensler (USA)

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Aecom (USA)

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Nikken Sekkei (Japan)

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Perkins+Will (USA)

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Woods Bagot (Australia)

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Aedas (China)

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IBI Group (Canada)

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P&T Architects and Engineers (China)

Architecture and Buchan Group also posted improvements with Cox moving from 45 to 44 and Buchan Group to 58 from 60, while Bates Smart (57) and GHD Woodhead (99) also made the cut in 2016. Thomson Adsett, HBO+EMTB and Hayball were the three

Australian firms to fall from the 2016 WA100 after making the cut in 2015, however as the reports are based on annual surveys of global architecture practices with data collected by UK communications agency Camargue, it is assumed that not all Australian firms participated in this year’s survey.

While in some senses it was a disappointing fall from the WA100 for Australian firm Thomson Adsett (in 2015 they were ranked 95 but they didn’t rank in 2016), the firm are pleased by their performance in the Elderly Living sector where they ranked second across the globe. Thomson Adsett were the top ranked Australian firm in the market sector categories which also included strong performances from Woods Bagot in Residential (three), Offices (seven) and Retail (seven) as well as Buchan Group in Retail (three) and Cox Architecture in Culture (ten).


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NEWS LEND LEASE’S $1 BILLION PREFAB START-UP TO MANUFACTURE CLT BUILDING COMPONENTS

BUILDING DESIGNER CAUGHT AND FINED FOR USING TERM ‘ARCHITECT’

In 2016 Lend Lease will open a factory in Sydney dedicated to manufacturing pre-fabricated building components, including cross-laminated timber (CLT) framework.

The NSW Architects Registration Board (NSWARB) successfully prosecuted a NSW building designer in December who was illegally representing himself as an architect. The incident sparked a massive conversation among the design community surrounding who and what constitutes an ‘architect’ and who deserves ownership of the name.

The construction heavyweight will commit $1 billion over the next five years to the start-up company which will prefabricate a range of building components including entire wall sections fit with glazing, plasterboard and high-tech CLT. The business will be called ‘Design Make’ and will devote a large portion of their 15,000sqm purpose-built factory to the creating structural elements out of CLT, a material currently not manufactured in Australia but one Lend Lease has experienced much success with. The firm has used the material in the the I L past, 0 1 1most 6 _ notably 0 0 0 _for SU P award winning Forte apartments in

Melbourne, but previously had it shaped into building components overseas. Lend Lease will not actually be manufacturing CLT, rather importing the material and using it to manufacture components that can be transported to site for rapid building assembly.

The designer was found of deliberately claiming to be an architect in breach of the Architects Act and was fined $3,500. NSWARB Registrar Tim Horton says the case is important to publicise because it shows the Board’s role in protecting the consumer. “I’m always keen to remind audiences that good architecture should be about consumer protection – the consumer being both the client, and the community more broadly,” Horton explains.

Lend Lease’s Australian property chief, Tarun Gupta says that shifting a portion of their building production from the construction “We are all ‘consumers’ of architecsite to the factory floor will 1 mean 2 0 increased 1 6 - 0 1safety, - 1 2 lower T 1 2 : 4 9 : 1 ture 6 + 1in1where : 0 0we live, where we go to work, the cafe we buy our coffee costs and better productivity.

from, the shops we walk through and the schools our kids learn in.” “It’s an important preamble given the perception that the [the Board’s] power to prosecute is about protecting the professional guild of architects. Again, it’s not.” You can join the conversation online at Architecture & Design.


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EXTERIOR WALLS & STRUCTURAL MATERIALS

REAR VENTILATED FACADES FOR HEALTHY WALLS AND BUILDING PROTECTION [WORDS] NATHAN JOHNSON

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LSO KNOWN AS RAIN-SCREENS AND DOUBLE-SKIN FACADES, VENTILATED FACADES HAVE BEEN USED EXTENSIVELY ACROSS THE GLOBE BY DESIGNERS LOOKING FOR AN EXTRA LAYER OF PROTECTION FOR THEIR BUILDINGSS FROM HARSH WEATHER CONDITIONS AND/OR FOR HEAT AND SOUND INSULATION. Similar to a tent fly, the system is essentially a pair of exterior wall skins that are separated by an air corridor and is primarily used to protect a building’s structural walls from the implications of incessant or harsh rain and wind forces. The major building products that make up a ventilated facade system are the support structure and the external cladding, which are separated by an air cavity and joined by anchoring elements and a sub frame. Typically, additional layers of insulation are also added to the outside of the support structure to improve energy performance and to reduce the likelihood of condensation within the wall assembly. A weather resistant membrane is nearly always added to the outside of the insulating product to protect the supporting structure from water ingress, and vapour permeable products that

prevent water entry but promote vapour release are best for this application. Other than the external cladding, which provides the bulk of rain and wind protection, the key player in the ventilated facade system is the air corridor between the support structure and the external cladding. A ventilated facade that is naturally ventilated (rather than pressurised) results in a temperature difference between the face of the cladding panel and the air cavity behind. This will in turn create a variation in air density and cause air to flow upwards within the cavity according to the stack effect. That airflow will transport heat from the cavity out through high level exhausts and can also aid convection drying of any residual amounts of water that has penetrated or bypassed the external cladding and built up within the air corridor. This is especially important for walls with high water absorptive claddings, such as bricks, blocks and renders which makes ventilated facades an appealing retrofit option for architects when upgrading older buildings.

DIAGRAM SHOWS SUPPORTING STRUCTURE (GREEN), INSULATION (ORANGE), SUBFRAME (BROWN), EXTERNAL CLADDING (GREY) AND RISING AIRFLOW (BLUE ARROW)

The ability of a ventilated facade to dry out is largely dependent on the air flow, the cavity’s ability to drain moisture and the permeability of the material layers adjacent to the air cavity.

Ventilation is much more effective when applied to the entire facade and, for this reason, the air gaps that provide and expel air need to be carefully dimensioned for perfect intake and discharge along the facade. When it comes to choosing the external cladding element for your ventilated facade, the world is your oyster and in Australia alone we’ve seen aluminium, timber veneer and cement composite panels as well as weatherboards, terracotta tiles and glazing systems all used for the external cladding element of a ventilated facade. Subframes are generally membrane-coated timber or, more likely, metal, and cladding is most commonly fixed to these by either screw or rivet. Some companies also offer concealed fixings for their cladding products, which provides a more seamless aesthetic but makes it more difficult to remove panels for repair or replacement. Nearly all companies that advertise their products as compatible with ventilated facade systems will provide guidelines to fastening their cladding products to a support structure or subframe, some will provide specific subframes and anchoring elements. Read on to see a few products specifically designed for ventilated facades:

VENTILATED FACADES ARE WIDELY USED ACROSS EUROPE BUT ARE ALSO GAINING POPULARITY IN AUSTRALIA. UK-ARCHITECTS KSS DESIGN CHOSE KINGSPAN KOOLTHERM K15 RAINSCREEN BOARDS, A STEEL FRAME INFILL SYSTEM AND AN ALUMINIUM COMPOSITE MATERIAL FAÇADE FOR THEIR VENTILATED FAÇADE SETUP AT THEIR CANNON ROAD PROJECT IN TOTTENHAM, ENGLAND. IMAGE: KINGSPAN INSULATION.


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EXTERIOR WALLS & STRUCTURAL MATERIALS INSULATION

CLADDING RODECA POLYCARBONATE PANELS FROM ARCHITECTURAL BUILDING ELEMENTS

Polycarbonate panels were used by BVN architects for the external cladding element on a portion of their double skin façade at Ravenswood School for Girls. The system uses automated louvres at low and high levels to ventilate the cavity in summer but also traps the heat in winter to retain the heat. A brand new development allows for cladding facades with insulating PC panels in a transparent or aluminiumcoloured surface.

VENTILATED FACADES SCC WITH BUILDING INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAICS BY SCHÜCO

KOOLTHERM K15 RAINSCREEN BOARD

Kingspan Kooltherm K15 Rainscreen Board is a high performance, fibre-free rigid thermoset phenolic insulation, sandwiched between two layers of highly reflective aluminium foil autohesively bonded to the insulation core during manufacture.

The Schüco ventilated facades in the SCC series are tailored complete systems for newbuilds and renovation projects – in particular, for large opaque areas. All the components, consisting of the facade construction, solar infill units and all the accessories, such as inverters, cables, etc., come from a single source.

BRACKETS NVELOPE RAINSCREEN CLADDING

DCTech provide a range of Nvelope brackets, rails and rainscreen support systems that are safe, economic and effective. They simplify the complexity of modern building facades and are suitable for the most demanding facade materials.

WRAPS ENVIROSEAL

Enviroseal improves the air tightness of your wall and prevents water entry, but still allows vapour to escape from inside the wall without condensing on the inside of the building frame. HARDIEWRAP

Hardie Wrap weather barrier provides a balance of water resistance and breathability, allowing moisture (water vapor) from inside your building to escape so the area within the wall stays dry. SISALATION WALL WRAP MD BY FLETCHER INSULATION

Sisalation wraps stop moisture from transferring from the external to the internal walls and allows building work to continue inside the home even in inclement weather.

PRODEMA BY SGI ARCHITECTURAL

The Prodex panels from Prodema are manufactured with authentic 100% natural timber veneer encompassing a high density bakerlite core. They are coated with a proprietary coating that is based on synthetic resins and PVDF. The panel is highly durable and protected from the effects of UV sunlight, chemical attack, and the damage caused by atmospheric agents.


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EXTERIOR WALLS & STRUCTURAL MATERIALS SWISS PEARL BY HVG FACADE SOLUTIONS

DEKTON BY COSENTINO

All Swisspearl panels are specially designed for rain-screen cladding applications with rear ventilation. This cladding system effectively protects the building and its structure from the elements for a long time. Furthermore, it reduces humidity and the air circulation optimizes the efficiency of insulation. Therefore there will be no problems like mold, fungi, etc. The rot-resistant and non-combustible panels are extremely durable and virtually maintenance free.

Dekton facade panels can come in large format (3200mm x 1440mm) and have great flexural strength, dimensional stability and scratch resistance. Through connections between the cladding material and the mechanical assembly, design loads are effectively transferred back to the structural wall, providing a safe and secure facade.

TRESPA METEON BY HVG FAÇADE SOLUTIONS

Trespa Meteon panels can be cut to size and used as rainscreen and decorative facade, a building solution with both technical and aesthetic benefits. Joints between panels can remain open.The closed surface of Trespa Meteon virtually eliminates dirt accumulation and prevents paints, inks, adhesives and other graffiti materials from permanently harming the sheets. This significantly reduces ongoing maintenance costs.

PORCELAIN PANELS BY MAXIMUM AUSTRALIA

AGROB BUCHTA FACADES BY CERAMIC SOLUTIONS

Ceramic Solution’s Curtain-type facades from Agrob Buchtal are low weight panels that can be mounted to a basic wall bracket and simply clicked into the substructure to create an even surface. In the event a panel needs to be removed (.e.g to access electrical cables or inspect concrete tunnel), a sheet metal key is inserted to unlock the panel or section, depending on the design.

TERRAÇADE TN SMOOTH FAÇADE TILES BY HVG FACADE SOLUTIONS

Terraçade TN has been designed in consultation with Australia’s leading engineers to act as a rain screen and ventilated facade system. It is a lightweight system and is simple to install. The combination of the natural, durable properties of terracotta and the system’s modern appeal make Terraçade TN an ideal choice for architectural and residential projects no matter what size.

Maximum Porcelain Panels provide reduced water absorption, non-flammability, resistance to UV, resistant to chemical and air pollution, lightweight and limited maintenance. Maximum 6mm Porcelain panels are only 14.7kg/sqm as compared to 20mm marble or granite which is approx 50kg/sqm . The load bearing weight is drastically reduced, a factor especially important in renovation works or new builds. DUPONT CORIAN BY CASF

The design versatility and performance features of Dupont Corian – the availability of different colours and aesthetics, custom colours, textures and finishes, the ability to shape and form the material, and its exceptional durability and renewability – have led a number of architects and designers to use Corian for exterior applications. BUILDING INTEGRATED PHOTOVOLTAICS (BIPV) BY ONYX SOLAR

‘The Solar House’ built by Cardenal Herrera University in Valencia, Spain uses Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass as a ventilated facade. The house obtained the first prize for Market Feasibility during the Solar Decathlon in Europe.


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ADVERTISING FEATURE – ROBERTSON’S BUILDING PRODUCTS

PROJECT – RICHMOND ICON, SWAN STREET, RICHMOND Circa 1953

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ERITAGE LISTED DIMMEY’S HAS BEEN A RICHMOND LANDMARK SINCE 1878 WITH ITS FAMOUS CLOCK TOWER, THE QUINTESSENTIAL ICON OF THIS HISTORIC SITE, CONSTRUCTED IN 1910. Beginning as a textile fabrics store DIMMEY’S evolved into a quality goods store during the 1930’s Depression. In the ensuing years it became the most prominent bargain store in Melbourne. In 2012 the store shut and, after a lengthy planning process, Heritage Victoria has overseen preservation of key elements of the building’s exterior. Armsby Architects proposed a creating a new western façade that was similar to the existing façades to the east and north. Crema Construction, the builder, faced the challenges of the location, in a laneway, creating logistic issues and speed of construction became a vital consideration. The brick inlay system introduced to the Australian market by Robertson’s in 1999 provided the solution. Creating these unique brick elements off site and allowing them to be quickly and efficiently positioned was achieved by using the brick inlay system for concrete precast panels. This approach allowed the panels to carry the load and provide the genuine clay brick façades required.

The new arched precast façade

Creating a unique arched brick bond pattern was designed and planned carefully by Robertson Façade Systems well before any thin brick was laid. Using the Robertson’s process also guaranteed that each panel would be identical ensuring there were no issues with alignment of the brick bond. Robertson’s staff worked with Cambar Precast to ensure the planned outcome became reality. Robertson’s brick inlay system has been used in many projects around Australia. Prior to the erection of brick inlay precast panels

The brick inlay system holds the thin brick in place during the concrete pour allowing a traditional brick finish to buildings constructed from precast concrete panels. Thin brick imbedded in concrete creates the appearance of perfectly laid brickwork while having structural performance and providing the speed and convenience of panelised construction. Current projects include the Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital, Blacktown, South East Water Headquarters, Frankston and the Knox Private Hospital, Wantirna. They offer a variety of brick facing tiles for hand laid or precast applications. Smooth, glazed and textured products are available with matching corner and ledge pieces ensuring authentic brick continuity. The same thin brick tiles are ideal for cladding lightweight structures or renovating buildings. They provide a light, colourfast, durable surface with the warm characteristics of brick.

Thin brick placed in the custom mould prior to the concrete pour

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ADVERTISING FEATURE – SGI ARCHITECTURAL

EMBRACE THE ELEMENTS WITH VENTILATED FACADES

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LMOST EVERY PROJECT INVARIABLY FACES A NUMBER OF THE SAME CHALLENGES: SUFFICIENT THERMAL INSULATION, PREVENTION OF MOISTURE ENTERING THE STRUCTURE, SOUND ACOUSTICS, AND OF COURSE SUSTAINABILITY. WHILE THE WAYS OF DEALING WITH EACH OF THESE ISSUES HAVE IMPROVED GREATLY OVER TIME, AN AVERSION TO FULLY EMBRACING ALTERNATIVE METHODS AND SYSTEMS IN DESIGN CONTINUES TO RESTRICT MANY PROJECTS FROM REACHING FULL POTENTIAL. One such system commonly used in Europe – ventilated facades – has successfully addressed many of these challenges, while simultaneously lending flexible aesthetic appeal and a multitude of new design opportunities.

USING THE ELEMENTS TO MAKE THE BUILDING PERFORM MORE EFFECTIVELY Good design will always make the most of position, space, light and the elements; so a system that takes advantage of elements like airflow to improve the temperature and acoustic insulation of a building for example, should certainly feature highly on the list of any intelligent building design. Ventilated facades, also known as rain-screen or double-skin facades, are a simple system that can make almost any building more energy efficient and sustainable through the systems’ longevity and low cost maintenance.

WHAT MAKES VENTILATED FACADES WORK SO WELL? A ventilated gap between the support structure and the external cladding prevents moisture from entering the building. It does this by utilising natural wind exposure and stabilises the effects of varying temperature differences in order to create natural ventilation.

to the building’s climate ensuring that the insulation is kept dry to maintain effectiveness and energy performance over the long term. • Diffusion is not affected by any material layers, thus eliminating all risks regarding condensation and reduced insulation efficiency. Essentially, ventilated facades adapt to climatic conditions, where dry insulation reduces energy costs, the storage capacity of the air gap maintains a cool environment and overall air conditioning costs are lowered. • The composition of separate layers means that facades can absorb a significant amount of noise, extremely important in urban or industrial areas where noise can be a contributing factor.

building through the buoyancy effect created by solar radiation within the cavity. During cold weather, thermal losses are minimised due to the uninterrupted insulation of the support structure, whether single or multi-layered, which prevents thermal bridges and eliminates heat loss from critical areas such as floor slabs and separating walls.

5 WAYS VENTILATED FACADES HELP TO OVERCOME TODAY’S BUILDING CHALLENGES

Initially, ventilated facades were developed to protect buildings and outer walls from prolonged exposure to wind and rain. Today, the provide advantages for all weather conditions.

• The ventilated gap of the facades, typically 20-30mm enhances energy efficiency by retaining the heat inside the building and delaying its dissipation. While the outer cladding reflects most of the solar radiation, the cooler air circulation in the ventilated gap reduces the amount of heat which is absorbed by the building.

They help to reduce the cooling loads of a

• Facades enable high adaptability with respect

• The cladding’s independence of the support structure provides unlimited options for the architectural design of the façade, offering a wide selection of materials, shapes, dimensions, panels, joins and colours.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT SYSTEM With access to a wide range of materials in the Australian market, from eco-friendly aluminium, to timber, cement, composite, clay, glass and Rockwool, designers are increasingly turning to the product expertise of SGI Architectural, Australia’s leading distributor of quality facades. SGI Architectural is the first choice for Australian architects and designers looking to explore the benefits of ventilated façade systems.

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WATER MANAGEMENT & PLUMBING

CHOOSING A HOT WATER SYSTEM FOR DETACHED HOUSING

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ELECTING WHICH TYPE OF HOT WATER SYSTEM IS USED FOR A PROJECT CAN OFTEN BE AN AFTERTHOUGHT, ONLY CONSIDERED LATE IN THE DESIGN PROCESS. WHILE FOR THE END USER, AS WITH MOST UTILITIES, COST AND CONVENIENCE WILL BE THE GREAT MOTIVATORS IN CHOOSING A SYSTEM, UNDERESTIMATING THE IMPACT THE HOT WATER SYSTEM CAN HAVE ON THE SUSTAINABILITY AND AESTHETICS OF THE FINISHED HOME CAN HAVE SHORT AND LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES. Water heating accounts for about 25 per cent of the energy used in the average home and installing the most appropriate and efficient system plays an important role in increasing the sustainability of a home while also reducing energy bills. Selecting a system first requires a decision on the energy source – electricity, gas or solar - and then what type of system, resulting in six main choices: gas storage, gas continuous flow, electric storage,

electric heat pump, solar gas boost or solar electric boost. Here we take a look at the most popular hot water systems’ for detached housing in Australia.

the same advantages and disadvantages of the electric system. These systems will benefit from gas prices being lower than electricity and as gas rates don’t vary through the day the gas systems can heat water as needed.

ELECTRIC STORAGE TANKS

ELECTRIC HEAT PUMP

As the name would suggest storage tanks heat and then store the water until required for use. Electric storage will generally require a lower capital cost, however the ongoing running costs of these systems are far and away the most expensive. The cost can be reduced using off-peak tariffs to heat the water, but a larger tank is required and can also run the risk running out of hot water. The fact that these systems also produce the highest levels of greenhouse gas emissions and require the large amount of space for storage can result in a negative impact on a property’s value.

Using heat found in the air outside the unit to heat water, a heat pump uses approximately one third less power than standard electric storage systems. Heat pumps work best in warm humid climates and may not be suitable to cooler climates, but are a good option where there is limited space or natural gas is not available.

GAS STORAGE Like its electric counterpart, gas storage tank water is heated and stored in an insulated tank for use when it’s needed and possess the much

GAS CONTINUOUS FLOW Continuous flow gas systems heat water only when needed, meaning there are none of the heat losses experienced with storage tanks resulting in far greater energy efficiency. While the capital cost is greater, a gas continuous system will produce far less greenhouse emissions and result in lower energy bills, and will typically have a 5 to 7 Star energy rating.


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WATER MANAGEMENT & PLUMBING SOME OF THE BEST HOT WATER PRODUCTS ON THE MARKET TODAY:

ELECTRIC STORAGE TANKS

The Rheem Plus range of electric storage heaters range from 125L for couples and small families through to 315L for large families. RheemPlus provide mains pressure at multiple taps and a factory fitted tempering valve with limit delivered hot water temperature for added safety and fast and easy installation.

ELECTRIC HEAT PUMP

Rinnai Hotflo Split Heat Pump transfers heat found in the air outside the unit to the water stored inside it, and is ideal for situations where a roof-mounted solar system is not practical. Featuring a commercial grade stainless steel tank

GAS STORAGE

The Australian designed Dux Prodigy gas storage system offers easy installation with water connections on both sides of the tank. Available in 135 and 170L, its patented world first flue dampner technology delivers 5-star gas efficiency by dramatically reducing heat loss after the heating cycle.

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GAS CONTINUOUS FLOW

Bosch Highflow continuous flow gas systems are compact, space-saving and easy to install, and are suitable for homes with up to 3 bathrooms. The range offers 5.5+ energy efficiency star rating and is available in flow rates of 17, 21 and 26 litres per minute. Highflow units can be combined with optional temperature controllers which allow the same temperature shower every time, and also stop hot water flow after a defined volume has been reached allowing residents to run a bathtub and do something else in the meantime.

SOLAR GAS BOOST AND ELECTRIC BOOST The benefits of solar are well known, with the ability to greatly reduce energy use a solar system provides lower ongoing costs and almost no greenhouse gases. Most systems will require an electric or gas booster to heat the water when sunlight is insufficient, with water heating provided by the solar energy dependent on climate but generally representing around 90 per cent. The panels, storage tanks and pipes required for the system can present design challenges, initial investment can be high (although government rebates are available in many cases) and the effectiveness of the system can be dependent on location and climate. When choosing the right system for a project there are a number of variables to be considered including household size, cost, space, available energy sources and the local climate, with each of the above mentioned systems suited differently to these variables. Once a system has been decided upon, the design and installation of the system must be carefully considered to ensure the efficiency of the system is maximised, energy bills and greenhouse emissions are minimised and most importantly no cold showers.

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Solahart Split System Solar Water Heaters are designed for maximum flexibility of installation locations. The low profile and unobtrusive Solahart solar collectors are mounted on a roof facing the equator, whilst the storagetank is mounted at ground level out of sight. The electric boosted model can even be installed inside the home, minimising the visual impact while maximising the potential savings.


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THE MULTI-STOP SHOP: A GUIDE TO DIFFERENT PLASTERBOARDS FOR SPECIALTY AREAS

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INCE ITS INTRODUCTION TO OUR SHORES IN THE LATE 1940S, PLASTERBOARD HAS REMAINED ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR AND ENDURING BUILDING PRODUCTS USED THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIAN HOMES. A SIMPLE AND EFFECTIVE CHOICE FOR CREATING INTERIOR SURFACES INSIDE A HOME, THE VERSATILITY, AFFORDABILITY AND RELATIVELY LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF PLASTERBOARD MAKES IT SUITABLE FOR NEARLY EVERY ROOM IN THE HOUSE. But with the average home design and performance requirements so far removed from the 1940s, or even different from only a decade ago, a one-size-fits all plasterboard solution will no longer satisfy requirements. Speciality rooms such as home theatres and entertainment rooms, alfresco areas and outdoor kitchens, as well as bathrooms and laundries all require special consideration to ensure maximum functionality and minimum hassle. Fortunately today’s manufacturers and suppliers of plasterboard in Australia offer tailored solutions for every room in the modern home.

ALFRESCO AREAS The Australian climate lends itself well to outdoor entertaining all year round, and bringing the outside-in through covered outdoor areas including alfresco entertainment areas, outdoor kitchens, and porticos is a design trend that is more and more becoming a key part of modern housing. The walls and ceilings for these areas, which also includes carports and balconies, are subject to more extreme conditions than normal internal ceilings including winds, condensation and exposure to other atmospheric variations including humidity and temperature. GYPROCK AQUACHECK

USG BORAL FIBREROCK AQUA-TOUGH

A unique, gypsum fibre product that includes a water-resistant core for supreme durability and superior performance. Easy to cut and install, these panels provide durability in wet and dry environments alike. Fibrerock Aqua-Tough is Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) certified and may contribute to Green Star points when assessed under various Green Star rating tools.

A gypsum plasterboard with the core, face and back treated to make it resistant to moisture and humidity, Aquacheck has extremely low water absorption characteristics compared to other lining materials, eliminating the possibility of water wicking up the lining board causing subsequent damage to the structure or finishing. Because Aquacheck is not subject to moisture movement, it provides an ideal surface for painting and other decorative treatments as well as an excellent stable substrate for ceramic tiles. It is a recessed edge plasterboard so joints can be taped and set.


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Careful planning is necessary to block out external neighbourhood noise such as traffic, aircraft and dogs, block internal noise entering from other rooms in the house, and minimise the sound reverberation within the room. Of course being able to enjoy the home theatre system without disturbing others in the house is also essential, and with low frequency noise such as that from a subwoofer easily transferred through standard

plasterboard, a special plasterboard that provides acoustic performance is necessary. While a complete acoustic system will also include a solution to sound flanking (sound that travels around walls through wall gaps, air-conditioning ducts, ceiling cavities etc.), a plasterboard that reflects sound as well as absorbs sound to limit both noise transfer and reverberation will play a huge role in providing acoustic comfort. USG BORAL SOUNDSTOP

Soundstop is specifically developed to control room noise levels, to help improve living comfort in environments where reducing sound transfer from one room to another is required. Used as part of Boral’s Cinema Zone system, it allows full enjoyment of the home theatre without being disturbed or being a disturbance.

KNAUF DESIGNPANEL

Developed and manufactured in Denmark, Designpanel offers not only great acoustic performance with beautiful aesthetics, but also offers air cleaning properties with inbuilt Cleano Technology. The acoustic performance is achieved through a combination of sound diffusion, whereby reflected sound is spread out, as well as sound absorption, where sound can travel through the perforation holes and acoustic fleece backing. The result is a high quality sound experience with excellent acoustic comfort.

WET AREAS Because of the high exposure to moisture, and the risk that poorly-lined wet areas can have on other rooms, wet areas including bathrooms, ensuites, showers, laundries and toilets require special consideration when specifying a plasterboard.

Residential Buildings. The standard specifies the requirements for the physical elements of construction including floors, walls, junctions and penetrations. Water-resistant plasterboard sheeting must comply with these requirements, as well as be manufactured in accordance with Australian Standard 2588 – Gypsum Plasterboard.

The BCA requires that wet areas are treated in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3740 – 2010 Waterproofing of Wet Areas within

The design criteria in the standard is separated into three risk levels: high (shower areas), medium (bathrooms, areas adjacent to baths

or spas), and low (walls adjoining sinks, basins, laundry tubs), and the level of risk will determine the design and installation criteria for floors, walls, junctions and penetrations, including water-resistant plasterboard. Ensuring the plasterboard specified meets the requirements for the specific application is crucial to avoiding consequences ranging from mould and damage to building contents through to potential structural damage.

USG BORAL WET AREA BOARD

A recessed edge plasterboard with a water resistant core, designed to satisfy regulatory requirements for wet area applications in non-fire rated systems. Wet Area Board is ideal for internal lining of wet areas in bathrooms, showers, laundries and toilets, and provides a suitable surface for tiling.

BGC WATER RESISTANT PLASTERBOARD

Designed and developed for wet area walls such as bathrooms, laundries, toilets and cleaning room areas. BGC Water Resistant Plasterboard has a low absorption core and eliminates the probability of water wicking, preventing possible damage to the supporting structure and wall finishes. Available in 10mm and 13mm thicknesses, 1200mm and 1350mm wide and in various lengths.


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POWER OVER ETHERNET DRIVING THE NEXT WAVE OF LED-LIT OFFICE BUILDINGS

IN THE NOT TOO DISTANT FUTURE CAT 5 CABLES COULD BE POWERING OFFICE LIGHTING IN AUSTRALIA.

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OST AUSTRALIANS ARE ALREADY FAMILIAR WITH POWER OVER ETHERNET (POE) CABLES AS THEY ARE COMMONLY USED TO POWER WIRELESS ACCESS POINTS, IP TELEPHONES AND OTHER SMALL NETWORK DEVICES FOUND AROUND HOMES AND OFFICE BUILDINGS. BUT SOON POES COULD ALSO SEE USE IN A COMPLETELY NEW WAY; TO POWER, MONITOR AND CONTROL THE LIGHTING SYSTEMS IN OUR COMMERCIAL OFFICE SPACES.

PoE uses a single cable to provide both data connection and electrical power to devices, meaning it can transport current and information across one easy-to-install system. As mentioned, PoE isn’t a new concept in building design but it has only just become compatible with lighting devices thanks to the ever-improving Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology.

you want digital control of your system you’ll also need to install an additional network of data wires up in the ceiling or a wireless device that can receive and transmit data.

LEDs are inherently low-voltage DC devices but to ensure compatibility with traditional AC power they require an AC-to-DC converter. PoE cables have surfaced as an efficient alternative for powering LED luminaires because they eliminate power conversion stages in a building, saving space, money and the need for an electrician.

While PoE technology is seen as simpler, cheaper-to-install alternative to traditional systems, it should be said though that both wireless and hardwired solutions have had proven success in the commercial building spaces. In Australia, companies such as Aurora, Organic Response, Diginet, Techome and Schneider Electric all offer automated lighting solutions that have the extra benefit of being compatible with luminaires from other brands or ones that are readily available to the Australian market.

Currently, wiring up a new lighting system can be expensive and if

Beyond the ease of install, one of the emphasised selling points of

PoE lighting is its connectivity with a Building Management System (BMS) that can measure, monitor and control a project’s entire lighting suite. PoE lighting is therefore tipped to have its biggest effect on the commercial building space, where workplace design is becoming increasingly innovative, energy efficient and automated, and where building manager are constantly seeking new ways to improve their building’s performance. Data can aid building optimisation, and in recent history we’ve seen it used to streamline and manage building processes everywhere from building massing to managing the life-cycle maintenance of an entire building. When plugged into compatible software tools, a PoE system can collect and summarise heat mapping,


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THE EDGE AMSTERDAM BY PLP ARCHITECTURE WAS AWARDED AN “OUTSTANDING” RATING BY BREEAM INDEPENDENT ASSESSORS AND ACHIEVED THE RATINGS SYSTEM’S HIGHEST EVER SCORE OF 98.36 PER CENT. IT HAS BEEN LABELLED THE ‘SMARTEST BUILDING IN THE WORLD’ ON THE BACK OF ITS MANY INNOVATIVE BUILDING TECHNOLOGIES INCLUDING ITS PHILIPS ETHERNET-POWERED LED CONNECTED LIGHTING SYSTEM. PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAIMOND WOUDA.

SOME LIMITATIONS • Not all installed Ethernet in existing commercial buildings supports PoE • PoE is not compatible with existing hard wired or LED drivers • PoE is a bespoke, custom-build and client specific solution so is best incorporated at the beginning of a brand new lighting fitout

redirect data through an Ethernet gateway and back to the Local Area Network (LAN) where it can be controlled and monitored. While the sensor technology and operating capabilities of the Phillips system aren’t necessarily unique – many lighting manufacturers offer similar sensor and controlling capabilities – the difference is where and how the information from each luminaire is stored.

energy and maintenance data from individual luminaries, allowing the building manager to monitor what spaces in the building are used most frequently and for what purpose. Some systems also allow the control of individual luminaires from a smartphone device so lights can be adjusted to suit personal preference. Philips Lighting recently released their PoE Connected Lighting System and is marketing the product to building designers as

well as owners and managers of office buildings. Like a lot of the new LED drivers on the market, Philips’ PoE is a distributed intelligence lighting system where much of the local control is embedded in the individual fixtures themselves and the centralised server is installed for monitoring and over-ride control only. Basically, each individual luminaire is fit with a variety of sensors and operating mechanisms that

The luminaires are essentially data points with their own IP address that help understand floor space ratios between open plan, quiet working areas, meeting rooms and social areas to ensure that floor plates and tenancies are balanced for optimal deployments.

“Each luminaire reports on its run time/operating hours, its energy usage and remaining expected life span. Also, users can modify lighting levels for specific tasks, which can mean that lighting levels are minimised.” “Power-over-Ethernet lighting technology enables the users of a space to gain insight into the occupancy of discrete areas and to maximise energy efficiency, which in turn can increase the value extracted from the use of the work space and decrease the cost of using that work space.”

Stuart Kane from Philips Lighting Australia says the system will help building managers understand how their floorspace and office layouts are used, and how they can be improved.

UK-company Prolojik also has a PoE system that it sells with luminaire makers Future Designs and Phi Lighting. The system, called Light Matrix, is installed in Pricewaterhouse Coopers offices in central London and powers and control 20 direct/indirect luminaires.

“Lighting fixtures provide occupancy data that facility managers can use to monitor energy efficiency,” explains Kane.

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On top of being controlled by your phone or tablet, the wireless Hue LED lights can be set to pulse or flash and can adjust to 16 million different colours. The light bulbs are available in standard E27 or strip lighting format and fit standard power sockets. At the heart of the Hue system is ‘The Bridge’, a WiFi controllable device linked to a router via an Ethernet cable and capable of controlling up to 50 bulbs at a time. Hue works on both IOS and Android devices.

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1. WIFI – 102 LED CONTROLLER BY LED ECO LIGHTING

The Wi-Fi LED Light Bulb range consists of Wi-Fi enabled, energy efficient, multicoloured light bulbs that you can control on your Android or IPhone mobile devices, including smart watches. The light bulbs can be programmed to wake you up each morning with a gradual increase in brightness and to help you drift off at night by steadily dimming the light. Like the Phillips Hue LED Light bulbs, it has 16 million possible colour variations and installs easily into your existing Edison screw light socket. The light bulbs also connect with various other smart devices and services, such as Amazon Echo, Samsung Smart Things, Nest products, and IFTTT to make control over your lighting even more accessible.

The WiFi – 102 LED Controller is operated through an application that is free to download for IPhone or Android users. The app allows for users to dabble with 32 fixed colour modes, as well as control the colour temperature and brightness of their lights via personal mobile devices from up to 100 metres away. The system also has a DIY function, which enables users to create any lighting effect they desire in the palm of their hand.

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The Belkin Wemo Switch and Wemo Motion Kit provide users with wireless control of appliances, electronics, and lighting by turning devices of choice on or off as soon as movement is detected. The Wemo Light Switch can be controlled from anywhere in the world (as long as you have an internet signal), allows users to set up schedules, and feature back-lighting to illuminate the switch in the dark. The sensor plugs into an outlet and detects motion up to 10 feet away and then sends a wireless signal to the Wemo Switch to turn the connected device either on or off. The free Wemo app is downloadable to any Apple device.

Organic Response has developed a completely wireless “plug & play” lighting control system that allows each individual luminaire to make lighting decisions based on the presence of occupants in its immediate vicinity, ambient light levels, and information it receives from its neighbouring luminaires. It then contributes information back to the luminaire community, so other luminaires can also make educated lighting decisions. At the heart of this system is the Sensor Node, which is integrated into each luminaire during assembly. Once it is Organic Response Enabled, the luminaire transforms into an intelligent light, ready to adapt and respond to the needs of its users and can further be optimised through your smartphone via the Organic Response app (available for Android and IPhone Users).

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EMERALD IN THE ROUGH: FWA’S GREEN SHIFT BRINGS NEW LOOK TO PASSIVE HOUSE IN AUSTRALIA

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INCE STARTING HER OWN MELBOURNE-BASED ARCHITECTURAL PRACTICE IN 2005, FIONA WINZAR HAS RECEIVED NUMEROUS AWARDS AND COMMENDATIONS FROM INDUSTRY BODIES FOR HER WORKS. AND WHILE SHE’S ALWAYS EMBRACED GREEN BUILDING, OF LATE SHE’S ALSO BEEN LOOKING TO THE DESIGN PRINCIPLES OF PASSIVHAUS (PH) FOR INSPIRATION AND FOCUSED HER EFFORTS ON EMULATING THE STANDARD’S HIGH ENERGY PERFORMANCE FOR HER PROJECTS IN AUSTRALIA. In short, PH is a voluntary standard born in Germany that targets both superior energy efficiency and thermal comfort for a home.

1. Cost: the initial cost of a PH is perceived as greater than a standard build and it requires construction techniques unfamiliar to the average Australian tradesman

Accredited PHs must meet a stringent criteria for building performance relating specifically to envelope airtightness, space heating demand and primary energy demand (see table on page 22).

2. Embodied energy: while a PH produces less carbon from electricity use than a standard home, they generally require a greater number of imported and domestic building materials thereby increasing their embodied energy

While PH has reached extraordinary levels of popularity in Europe, this has not been the case in Australia. And according to our reader’s feedback this is for three main reasons:

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However the latest project from the team at FWA could well prove a rebuttal to all of these arguments. Emerald House in Melbourne’s South Yarra is a three-storey single dwelling, designed by FWA to achieve carbon-neutrality and for a minimum 100-year lifespan. It is defined by an S-shaped form clad in a customised diamond zinc facade that stretches the length of the site (see floorplan opposite). This shape brings light and landscaping into the centre of the building and also provides an internal divide between the occupant’s living arrangements at the front of the house and their sleeping quarters at the back. Emerald’s amenity, interiors and landscape design are luxurious on all accounts and it isn’t until you discover the deeper intricacies of the building’s materials and construction methodology that you begin to understand how extraordinary the home actually is. Before undergoing any sort of PH performance tests, the design of Emerald had already ticked most of the sustainability boxes. Its key living spaces face north and it has excellent cross ventilation, thermal mass, a solar photovoltaic system and a massive 22,000 litre water tank. It also adopts an integrated roof mounted Oventrop solar thermal system, which, with support from an efficient gas booster, provides domestic hot water and hydronic floor and spa heating for the home. But for any designer looking to achieve PH certification, this is all for nothing if the building fails the stringent minimum performance criteria of PH for space heating energy demand, overall primary operational energy consumption and building envelope air leakage. Winzar says her biggest challenge was finding a construction team and contractors who could deliver a building that met these performance measures, most notably the super-sealed and insulated building envelope which requires regular blower door testing and insulation tweaking. She explains that her site supervisor, Danny Maypiece, from Ducon Constructions


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PASSIVHAUS PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS >15kWh/sqm per year on space heating >120 kWh/sqm per year overall primary operational energy consumption >0.6 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals air leakage

had to be exceedingly attentive when coordinating his trades and had to ensure that all tradesmen were schooled in airtightness practice and awareness before commencing work. Other coordination challenges included integrating the home’s mechanical features to operate automatically and at the highest possible efficiency. Of the mechanical equipment, the most foreign to Australian buildings is Emerald’s Zehnder ComfoAir 550 energy-recovery ventilation unit and its Oventrop solar thermal hot water system. Zhender products are widely used in Europe to transport fresh air into a building without the associated temperature fluctuations. An energy-recovery unit basically transfers temperature and moisture between the air coming into the building and the outbound air flow. This keeps the internal temperatures and humidity at a stable and comfortable temperature and, importantly, fresh air circulating in the otherwise stagnant internal atmosphere. The Oventrop system is an American-designed evacuated tube solar energy generator. It begins its work by circulating pressurised heat transfer fluid through tubes located on a rooftop for


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solar heating. The fluid is then evacuated and sent to a storage collector with a built-in heat exchange coil. Heat is exchanged into the water used throughout the home for hot water and, in the case of Emerald House, for its hydronic floor heating system. While highly efficient, both products are relatively new to Australian construction (Winzar says the Emerald House is the only house using Oventrop in the country that she is aware of) and less readily available to our markets.

“AIRTIGHTNESS, HIGH-PERFORMANCE INSULATION AND FRESH AIR DUCTING ARE RELATIVELY NEW IN AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTURE PRACTICE AND GENERALLY INVOLVE IMPORTED PRODUCTS...OUR BUILDING CULTURE IS RISK AVERSE.” FIONA WINZAR, ARCHITECT.

As mentioned, one of the key arguments used by PH sceptics in Australia is that they require a large number of building materials and have a high embodied energy. Winzar made an effort to address this issue by sourcing local and enduring materials for the major components of Emerald House. She explains that although the embodied energy of Emerald is increased by its heavy doses of concrete and zinc cladding, this is countered by the virtually maintenancefree 100-year life expectancy of these materials. It should be said that although Emerald House is designed according to PH principals, it does not meet the performance criteria for envelope air leakage required for European standards and therefore will never become an accredited PH. GHD, the energy consultants who prepared the performance specifications for the Emerald House, modeled PH principles to suit Melbourne’s climate. On this note, Winzar does agree with the recurring opinion that European PH requirements are not entirely relevant to the Australian climate, suggesting that we don’t need to design entirely to these standards to achieve the same level of sustainability in Australia. “We need to create our own PH standards,” Winzar says. “Standards that are suited and adaptable to our varying climates.” Aesthetically, Emerald House has all the design finesse of houses we saw take building design awards in 2015. It has popular interior finishes like pale birch ply and honed concrete block walls as well as consistent and interesting colour themes and a highly sculptural shape. Winzar also notes that the home’s interior has “an amazing feeling”, courtesy of the fresh air supplied by that Zhender energy-recovery unit. But what could be considered the biggest achievement of all for FWA and its team of contractors and consultants is that they delivered Emerald House with only a 15 per cent increase to the base construction cost. Emerald House is a luxurious, comfortable, carbon neutral home, designed by an architect and built for a reasonable price from mainly local materials. It has possibly one of the highest performing building envelopes of any structure in Australia and certainly one of the highest for a residential building in Victoria. Emerald House points to a future for sustainable domestic building in Australia where international best practice residential design plays a balanced role with site-specific architecture. PEOPLE ARCHITECT FIONA WINZAR ARCHITECTS BUILDER DUCON CONSTRUCTIONS STRUCTURAL CONSULTANT PERRETT SIMPSON STANTIN MECHANICAL CONSULTANT GHD LANDSCAPE CONSULTANT JIM FOGARTY ENERGY AND SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANTS GHD PRODUCTS ROOFING BLUESCOPE LYSAGHT TRIMDECK COOLMAX EXTERNAL WALLS ADBRI CONCRETE DESIGNER MASONRY BLOCKS, CUSTOM-

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LUM AUSTRALIA HAS ONCE AGAIN SURFACED AS THE TOP TRUSTED BRAND FROM THE ANNUAL ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN INDUSTRY SURVEY, CLINCHING THE WIN FOR THE SECOND YEAR RUNNING AHEAD OF OVER 500 NOMINATED BRANDS.

brands, especially in the highly competitive top 10, which in 2015 saw familiar names such as Laminex (5th), James Hardie (6th), CSR Gyprock (7th), Kingspan (9th) and Alucobond Architectural (10th) as well as popular brands Innowood (4th) and Hafele Australia (8th).

Dulux Australia also placed the same as it did in 2014 taking third position just behind Caroma which saw the most significant improvement in 2015 to move from ninth to second in the rankings.

The poll aims to rank the trustworthiness of brands and showcase them within the industry and in 2015 there were over 500 brands nominated and a total of 4,100 votes lodged.

Hundreds of readers provided glowing reviews of Blum, consistently remarking upon the quality of their products, the great service and lifetime warranty. Some of the most popular terms to appear included: “reliable”, “dependable”, “superior”, “durable”, “hassle-free”, “well designed” and “innovative”.

It is the third time Cirrus Media has run the survey of its readership – Australia’s largest Architectural, Design and Building industry audience – across Infolink Building Products News magazine and all of Architecture & Design’s digital and social media channels. Read on to see Architecture & Design’s Top 10 Most Trusted Brands as well as all the category winners:

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