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GARAGE DOOR TECHNIQUE

GIVES THE GIFT OF SPACE TIMBER When wood works on big buildings

KITCHENS 15 modern day solutions

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HE COVER OF THIS ISSUE IS A SALUTE TO THE INNOVATORS OUT THERE, THOSE FINDING NEW WAYS TO USE EXISTING BUILDING PRODUCT TECHNOLOGY. In this case, it shows designers (working with suppliers) to elegantly adapt the features developed for garage door hardware to open up a dwelling, creating more space than would be possible with more traditional solutions. Designers are doing similar things right around the country, on various building types. You can see a handful on page 16. To put the brilliance of the exercise in perspective, it’s worth a bit of a historical account, starting with the origins of the word ‘garage’ (in case you wondered, it was imported from France, where it means “keeping under cover, protection”). The story of garage door hardware – very unsurprisingly – follows the emergence of the car. About a century ago architects were tasked with creating new places to store these vehicles. The first garage doors worked like barn doors, then sliding tracks were invented, along with more versatile doors. Next a version had doors cut into sections and hinged together at intervals, allowing them to be folder around corners. Then in 1921, American C.G. Johnson invented the overhead door, which could be lifted upwards

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and folded parallel to the ceiling. Variants have evolved continuously to this day, with vastly improved openers and other hardware. As a result we now have technology allowing such doors to be fitted with high performance glazing and insulating materials, and to be safely used for pretty much any residential or commercial building project. Interestingly, the garage door adaptation is even applied in one of the country’s most sustainable new buildings, which Breathe Architecture (page 16) designed specifically without car parking spaces. You have to appreciate the irony.

ON THE COVER: A CAIRNS HOME BY BEN KILLEEN DESIGN FEATURES AN AUTOMATIC VERTICAL BI-FOLD DOOR SYSTEM FROM ACRO. IMAGE: REILLY BUILDING.

NEWS

4 What you can expect from DesignBUILD 2015

TIMBER

6 A brief history of the rise

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in large timber facades

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10 The latest in timber

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Can you tell render from the real deal? Test yourself

cladding trends For a more detailed look at window technology, turn to page 12, which showcases the benefits new frames, glazing, coatings, gas fills and insulating spacers can have, especially in the highly glazed commercial building space.

WINDOWS & DOORS

12 New window developments to combat unwanted heat transfer

16 Garage doors in unexpected places

You might also notice we’ve bookended this issue with features from the ancient to modern. Kicking off on page 6 is a story on one of the oldest building materials, timber. Jump to page 30, and you can read about phase change materials, one of the newest. Interestingly, you’ll discover the two materials can prove highly complementary when designing buildings today. Enjoy.

30 SUSTAINABILITY

30 Everything you need to know about Phase Change Materials in Australia

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PRODUCT SHOWCASES

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DESIGNBUILD 2015 RETURNS TO SYDNEY BIGGER AND BETTER [WORDS] GERALDINE CHUA

Architecture, building and design trade event DesignBUILD returns to the Sydney Showground at the Sydney Olympic Park for its 29th year, bringing with it a range of new offerings and features.

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Taking place from Wednesday April 28 to Friday April 30 2015, DesignBUILD will welcome over 200 international exhibitors from across 15 countries to its main show floor – a 40 per cent increase in the number of countries represented from the year before. There will be 30 free seminar sessions at the event, featuring over 35 industry leading experts such as Global GreenTag CEO David Baggs. These sessions include a combination of keynotes and panel discussions, with topics to include structural and materials; technology; landscape; and interior fixtures and finishes.

• Unique façade entrance feature by Kaynemaile, an award-winning architectural mesh company that has completed projects for the likes of Dolce & Gabbana in Milan, and the Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Medina

DesignBUILD 2015 has also introduced a new additional show floor dedicated to authentic, design-led interior products and manufacturers, DesignBUILD

Interiors, which will feature free seminars, workshops and insightful keynotes that will help to build business connections and inspire innovative interior fit-outs.

WHAT’S NEW AT DESIGNBUILD 2015?

• Structural and Materials area – featuring the latest design and technological advancements in materials and structure. Top exhibitors include Knauf Insulation, Round Scaffolding, and Xingfa Aluminium Australia

ADVANTAGE AUSTRIA You’ve read enough about the latest engineered timber developments, now’s your chance to find out more in person. A suite of Austrian products and services for the construction of energy efficient buildings will be on display at the Advantage Austria pavilion, giving visitors a chance to learn more about Austria’s high-tech materials and innovations. Some of the experts include: • FunderMAX: high quality exterior cladding with outstanding performance regarding scratch, graffiti, and impact resistance

• The Landscape Outdoor Area – a new space dedicated to landscape and streetscape design held in association with the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects

• KLH (represented by Tilling Timber): sustainable CLT for the building industry • Stora Enso (CLT), Pabst (Glulam) and Sherpa (Timber Connection Systems): 3 specialised companies providing essential solutions for the construction of multistorey timber buildings

FOR DAILY NEWS AND TO COMMENT

• Weinberger Best of Wood: amongst the market leader in the fi elds of bilam, trilam, glue-laminated timber and log-house planks

VIRTUAL REALITY BOOTHS AND AUGMENTED REALITY A technology area sponsored by 3D visualisation, rendering and modelling firm Luminova will create a Virtual Reality (VR) hub with two booths that transport visitors to real-life projects while offering new experiences in intelligent building systems, building efficiency and smart home automation. There will also be an augmented reality feature based on 2D CAD plans with iPad setups.

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• Mosser Leimholz: one of the most successful suppliers of laminated wood and sawn timber in Europe

LIBRARY AT THE DOCK BY LEND LEASE USES STORA ENSO CLT TIMBER PRODUCED IN THEIR AUSTRIAN FACTORY

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ENDURAPANEL (STAND E35)

• TimberTech Terrain by Azek/ TimberTech (stand B14) • Ideal-work Microtopping by APD Flooring (Stand B28)

This unique plywood panelling system from Austral Plywood can be used to enhance any living space. This panel achieves the appearance of a traditional slat wall or ceiling but with easier installation and a seven year coating warranty. Applications include balcony and alfresco ceilings, feature walls and ceilings, exterior façades and restaurant ceilings.

• DriTherm Cavity Slab by Knauf Insulation (Stand D20) • Intrim 800 Series Shadowline Skirting & Door Jamb by Intrim Mouldings & Profiles (Stand E7) • Dowell ThermaLine by Dowell Windows (Stand E36) • Limestone Bricks by Limestone Australia (Stand E71) • KRONOPLY OSB by Kronoply GMBH (Stand F26)

The Alfresco louvre by Opening Roof Specialists emulates a flat-lined modern alfresco trend. It spans more than 10 per cent further than the Classic louvre and comes with the appealing aluminium woodgrain option, including Silky Oak, Casuarina and Australian Cedar.

• Special Laminated Glass by G.James Glass & Aluminium (Stand F30)

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Envirofloor’s 186mm wide boards are a new generation of engineered flooring that honours the beauty and elegance of Australian hardwood, while featuring super tough coating on the surface and a higher stability in both veneers and structure. Envirofloor is made with the flooring standards ASTM D-2394; ASTM D-3359 and ASTM D-4060.

With spans of up to 1.4m, Safetyline Jalousie windows from Technal France are the widest glass louvred windows available in the local market. It brings together innovative design and quality engineering to deliver impenetrable security, modern styling and increased functionality.

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• Larson Aluminium Composite Panels by Alucoil Composites (Stand F46) • HPERV-500 and HPERV-700 Energy Recovery Ventilators by Smartheat (Stand F50)

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• Green-wall planters made of fully insulated fibreglass sandwich panels by Quatro Design (Stand O6) • Plinth Versatility Seat by Gossi Park & Street Furniture (Stand O14) • Stonework Travertine Pavers by Boral Roofing & Masonry (Stand O18)

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THE RESURGENCE OF TIMBER IN LARGE FAÇADE APPLICATIONS [WORDS] GERALDINE CHUA

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IMBER IS ONE OF THE OLDEST AND MOST POPULAR BUILDING MATERIALS AROUND, WITH WELL-DOCUMENTED APPLICATIONS AND A NEWFOUND CELEBRITY STATUS AS THE INDUSTRY MAKES ADVANCES WITH ENGINEERED WOOD. HOWEVER, IT HAS ALSO FOUND NEW AVENUES AS AN EXTERIOR WALL PRODUCT, PARTICULARLY IN COMMERCIAL AND INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS. In Australia, the trend of using timber for large façade applications might be traced to roots in Berlin, Tasmania, and Melbourne. The last location – Melbourne – is possibly the most important if you are considering local growth in timber façades, and can be narrowed down to a particular structure: the 5,200sqm, three-storey RMIT University Textile Facility designed by H20 Architects. Completed in the late 1990s, the building’s façade features an interlocking grid timber patterning inspired by the weaving and rafting programs that take place within, with no finishes or coatings to prevent the the material from breaking down. 1

But it was the use of the timber façade as an operable, external ‘rain screen’, separated from the actual Tyvak enclosed building envelope by a 75mm air gap so that it also performs as a thermal chimney, that made it stand out. “The project set new benchmarks for the use of timber as a façade cladding on large scale institutional and commercial buildings in this country,” says Tim Hurburgh, Director of H20. “RMIT as an educational institution focused on research and innovation, and supported what was at the time a unique and pioneering project. Sixteen years after completion we believe their goals have been met.” And they have. Fading naturally with age and weathering to a silky grey, the façade’s top and bottom can be closed off in winter, and opened in summer to facilitate cooling, while the Western Red Cedar cladding has also stood up to its claims.

“[Western Red Cedar] was chosen because of its superior weathering and performance characteristics from both constructability and risk management viewpoints, specifically: knot free, dimensionally stable, and stable weathering characteristics,” Hurburgh explains. On why H20 chose timber in the first place, during a period when timber was still an uncommon product for large facade applications in Australia, Hurburgh points to the other two locations – Berlin and Tasmania. “My personal experience working with timber products in Germany in the mid 90’s (whilst working on the Australian Embassy, Berlin) was an eye opener. Timber usage there and elsewhere in Europe is extensive on a wide range of building types for cladding, window and door systems, and screens in a climate much more severe and with much greater extremes than in Australia,” he says. “Secondly, returning home and re-examining the widespread extent timber structures in my own home state of Tasmania – including the world famous all timber Oast houses in the Derwent Valley. I thought there was an opportunity to re-examine our attitudes to the use of timber for larger scale institutional and commercial applications.”

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1, 2, 3 RMIT University Textile Facility by H20 Architects. The ‘double skins’ system on either side of the thermal chimney, which limit heat transfer to the building interior, was jointly developed with the builder, engineers, the Timber Promotion Council and leading northern European researchers in timber façade systems. 4

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A FOREST OF TIMBER FACADES Since the completion of H20’s most influential building, the use of timber as an external wall material has grown dramatically, particularly in large projects ranging from health facilities, multi-storey apartments and community buildings, to retail and education buildings. The Dandenong Mental Health Facility in Melbourne, designed by Bates Smart in collaboration with the Irwin Alsop Group, is one building that understands and embraces timber for its profiles. The hardy, low-maintenance Blackbutt chosen for the external cladding and exposed columns put to rest durability concerns, but more importantly helped to create a non-institutional, warm and tactile sensory experience for patients, staff and visitors.

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The visual quality of timber was also one of the reasons why the material was chosen for the Monash University Student Housing Project by BVN. Over 40 per cent of the project’s façade is covered by a full height vertical ship lap spotted gum panel comprising

Dandenong Mental Health Facility by Bates Smart in collaboration with the Irwin Aslop Group. Photography by John Gollings


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MONASH UNIVERSITY STUDENT HOUSING BY BVN. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN GOLLINGS

As a naturally warm material, timber’s primary advantage could be its departure from all other aesthetic choices, but it also has other key benefits, says Tim Hurburgh, Director of H20 Architects. These include: • Flexibility in use: can be made into various forms and profiles • Adaptability: can be equally adapted to offsite or factory construction

individual 120 x 20mm boards, punctuated by the horizontal edges of exposed flat concrete slabs.

• Technically simple: utilises simple, tried and proven construction and erection technologies

Spotted gum battens, measuring 70 x 45mm, were also used to create vertical sun shading battens that provide both a protective façade veil and a strong identity at the central ‘nexus’ of each building. Other notable larger-scale projects that have employed timber on their facades include The Commons by Breathe Architecture, which employs timber’s aesthetic and tactile qualities to achieve the project’s pared-back aspirations while prizing its low-carbon footprint properties. The pioneers of the use of timber facades have not halted their use of the material either. H20’s recent Australian Grains Genebank (AGG) project, like its predecessor, features a Western Red Cedar external cladding to the rain screens of its exposed walls and soffits. Carrying images of ancient crop circles and modern plant anatomy, the panels were chosen not just for their aesthetics, but because they were the most flexible and ‘low-tech’ thermally efficient buffer between the elements of the Wimmera Plains, and the building, which stores seed samples and houses freezers that operate at -20 degree Celsius. “The selection of a timber clad façade at the AGG was informed by the desire to specify a thermally efficient material that was at the same time sensitive to the local context and also an unexpected choice for an industrial facility,” says Hurburgh. “The timber rain screen…alleviates the high solar loads characteristic of the semi-arid climate that could otherwise only be achieved with engineered composite products. “The reduced carbon footprint of

• Lightweight, making it easy to transport and handle • Low carbon footprint: as a plantation material it is inexpensive to grow, harvest and prepare for commercial applications timber was also a complementary message to the sustainability agenda of the facility and the Department of Environment and Primary Industries. All specified cladding was PEFC and FSC certified.”

REGULATIONS UPDATE The main regulations governing the use of timber in facades on non-residential applications are those that relate to the required fire hazard properties and weatherproofing. Currently, the NCC Volume One provides no restrictions on cladding for Type C buildings, and includes a concession for external walls of Class 2 and 3 buildings.

IT’S NOT JUST LOOKS THAT MATTER While timber is championed as an eco-friendly material, its sustainability extends to more than just production and carbon storage advantages. As the AGG project shows, it also has natural thermal properties that can maximise the efficiency of insulation materials. Timber is a natural insulating material, featuring air pockets within its cellular structure to create a natural barrier to heat and cold,” explains Clinton Skeoch, national market development manager at Boral Timber. “Of the timber options available for construction, lightweight timber has the lowest thermal conductivity. Construction design with a focus on energy efficiency through lightweight timber can minimise non-renewable energy use and maximise comfort.” This leads to operational sustainability – as wood will not become cold or dissipate heat, less energy is required to regulate temperatures throughout a building.

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The new free WoodSolutions Guide for Alternative Solution – Fire Compliance Facades (Alternative Solution #18) will help specifiers better understand these fire issues, and comes with a number of good examples. The NCC Volumes One and Two will also be updated this year to include a new risk score verification method for deciding which external wall systems can be used in higher exposed areas. Timber cladding systems will eventually be required to verify their performance using the new method.


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TIMBER THE RISE OF PRE-FINISHING AND SECRET FIXING FOR TIMBER CLADDING Timber finishes for exterior cladding applications are often seen as a necessary step for most projects in improving a building’s durability and in some cases, enhancing its aesthetics. According to WoodSolutions, unfinished, unprotected timber will inevitably weather as a result of gradual changes to its “physico-chemical structure brought about by temperature and moisture content variations”. Although this rate of change is generally slow, at about 6mm per century, some timber species are more susceptible to dimensional change due to moisture content, absorbency and density, as well as environmental conditions. Finishing systems must therefore be able to cater for these movements. There is a myriad of finish types available on the market, ranging from conventional opaque systems and natural timber finishes, to glossy coats, solid stains and water repellent preservatives – all governed by AS/ NZS 2311 – Guide to the Painting of Buildings. What types of finishes to choose from, however, depends on the type of look a specifier and client

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are after, as well as what maintenance expectations clients have. “Acrylic paint needs the least maintenance, with some manufacturers now offering guarantees of ten years or more. Pigmented stain is next best for lasting properties, while clear finishes need the most frequent attention,” Stephen Mitchell, from Wood Solutions and the Timber

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Development Association, explains. “Some new water based finishes have excellent durability as well as easier reapplication. If the timber cladding is shielded from the weather by verandas, wide overhangs, maintenance is dramatically reduced.” INNOWOOD CLADDING

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WOODFORM ARCHITECTURAL CLADDING USED BY JACOBS. BUILDER: BAULDERSTONE. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN GOLLINGS

DANDENONG MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY. PHOTOGRAPHY BY PETER BENNETTS

growing trend for the industry – can deliver a better product less prone to movement problems while a building is under construction, and final finishes are easier to apply correctly in a factory before delivery, which minimises callbacks. It also has the potential to speed up the construction process by reducing on-site labour and supervision requirements, as well as trade coordination delays. Boral Timber, for instance, has seen an increased interest in off-site oiling of timber cladding products to reduce on-site labour costs and create an immediate aesthetic impact, and now offers the option to pre-oil the timber boards of its cladding range, which includes the Blackbutt, Spotted Gum, Tallowwood and White Mahogany species. Woodform Architectural also pre-oils its Expression Cladding range, which eliminates the process of oiling each board all round on-site prior to installation. This is expected to provide the timber with some protection during construction, and gives the penetrating oil a chance to soak in prior to timber handling. Prefinished composite timber cladding systems have also become readily available, such as Innowood’s InnoClad system, which traditionally comes uncoated for internal applications, but can be pre-coated upon request to protect the boards from UV exposure. Colours from InnoCoat, the company’s quick drying coat,

may vary 15 to 20 per cent after the first few months, with a two coat application having a life expectancy of three to five years. Apart from pre-finishing timber cladding before they are delivered on-site and installed, other trends for the material include deeper and more varied shadow lines, which add texture for cladded exteriors. According to Boral Timber’s manager Clinton Skeoch, this can be achieved by using newer, deeper profile timber boards to create a groove that accentuates the natural features and contours of a building’s design. The use of secret fixing in cladding projects is also growing. Rather than face nailing timber boards, builders and contractors are selecting newer profiles that can be fixed underneath boards to create a cleaner finish and minimise visual distractions from the timber. Woodform’s Expression Cladding is one range that comprises precision machined tongue and groove profiles, which allow concealed screw fixing and proprietary cornerstops. Radial Timber’s radially sawn secret fixed Shiplap is another product that combines secret fixing with a third trend – the increasingly popular vertical shiplap installation. Its shiplap cladding is profiled from back sawn bevelled edge boards that interlock to produce a continuous vertical (or horizontal) cladding system. ■

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NEW WINDOW TECHNOLOGY MAKING HIGHLY GLAZED BUILDINGS MORE ENERGY EFFICIENT [WORDS] NATHAN JOHNSON

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INDOW PERFORMANCE HAS IMPROVED DRAMATICALLY ON A NUMBER OF MEASURES OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS, DRIVEN BY THE FACT THAT THEY ARE A MAJOR SOURCE OF UNWANTED HEAT TRANSFER, DISCOMFORT FROM GLARE AND CONDENSATION PROBLEMS IN A BUILDING. In the past, commercial building designers were faced with an inevitable compromise when it came to incorporating windows into their design – do I sacrifice my building’s energy efficiency for large and attractive expanses of glazing, or should I trade-in my views and access to daylight for smaller windows and a better performing building envelope? Thankfully recent improvements in window technology aimed at reducing heat transfer (U-Value) and Solar Hear Gain Coefficient (SHGC), and thereby cutting the energy lost through windows, is seeing this low-energy versus highly-glazed building antithesis disappearing to a greater degree. These innovations include thermally broken frames, double and triple glazed units, low-emissivity glass coatings, gas fills such as argon in the glazing space, and insulating spacers.

THE WINDOWS AT 50 WILLIAM STREET, PERTH BALANCE HIGH LIGHT TRANSMISSION WITH LOW SOLAR HEAT GAIN AND LOW U-VALUES. IT FEATURES PERFORMATECHE 3S GLAZING UNITS FROM VIRIDIAN WHICH HAVE ARGON FILLED CAVITIES AND WARM EDGE SPACERS. (PHOTOGRAPHY BY KARL SCHWERDTFEGER)


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WINDOWS & DOORS DESIGNED BY ATELIER WAGNER ARCHITECTS, THE SIMPSON CONSTRUCTION CO OFFICES FEATURE LARGE EXPANSES OF HIGHPERFORMANCE GLAZING AND FRAMES. THE DOUBLE HUNG SASHLESS WINDOWS COME FROM ANEETA, ALUMINIUM FRAMES FROM TARANTO AND DGUS WITH COMFORT+ GLASS AND ARGON FILLS FROM VIRIDIAN. (PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOHN GOLLINGS)

THE LATEST GLASS AND COATINGS Double glazing has reached its upper limits in terms of insulating performance and no amount of low-emissivity coatings and gas cavity fills will get the centre of double glazing units (DGUs) to an R-value better than 5. Manufacturers have since turned to adding one or more extra layers of glazing to improve this performance and when combined with gas fills and low-e coatings, quality quadruple glazing can achieve R-values of R10 and higher. But adding layers means additional thickness and weight, and in response some suppliers now offer thinner krypton gas filled cavities, vacuum glazing units, closed cavity facades, and heat reflecting films if asked. These are tipped to be the next generation of window technology. But the thermal qualities are only part of the story because glazing lets light in and results in solar radiation heating the inside of a room. A building’s air-conditioning system is almost always defined by the glazed area and while dark tinted windows and reflective coatings are used to reduce the SHGC of windows, these approaches reduce views and daylight. Manufacturers are now sometimes using spectrally selective coatings which reduce solar gain while having only a small effect on daylight.

GLASSWORKS SOLARADAPT IS A SOLAR RESPONSIVE THERMOCHROMIC (SRT) ADAPTIVE GLAZING FILM WHICH USES THE SUN’S ENERGY TO CAUSE THE TINTING OF THE WINDOW, NATURALLY CONTROLLING ROOM TEMPERATURES AS THE SUN CHANGES ORIENTATION AND RADIATION LEVELS.

PAARHAMMER ECO FAÇADE IS A HYBRID WINDOW FRAME COMPRISING A THERMALLY BROKEN PLANTATION OR FSC CERTIFIED TIMBER FRAME THAT IS CLAD IN LOW MAINTENANCE ALUMINIUM. IT CAN ACHIEVE U-VALUES AS LOW AS 0.8 AND ACCOMMODATES DOUBLE OR TRIPLE GLAZING UNITS.


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WINDOWS & DOORS SCHUECO ALUMINIUM WINDOW SYSTEM 112.IC IS THE FIRST ALUMINIUM WINDOW IN THE WORLD TO GAIN PASSIVHAUS CERTIFICATION. IT ACHIEVES U-VALUES OF LESS THAN 0.75 THANKS TO AN INSULATED COVER PROFILE THAT PROTECTS THE ALREADY HIGHLY THERMALLY INSULATED BASE CONSTRUCTION.

AUSTRALIA TIPPED TO FOLLOW EUROPE AND REDUCE GLAZING IN COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS Floor-to-ceiling glass in large-scale commercial buildings remains in high demand in large Australian commercial buildings, despite evidence which would suggest using alternative window solutions in many cases. For instance, a study by engineering design consultants Cundall shows that from an energy efficiency, daylight and comfort perspective, punched windows perform better than unshaded full height glazing. Both regulation and the market are driving higher performance from glazed facades, most prominently through the National Construction Code’s ‘Section J Façade Energy Efficiency Requirements’ and rating systems such as NABERS and Green Star. Alistair Coulstock of Cundall Australia (pictured) says, “Over the last 10 years improved Section J efficiency regulations have meant that no longer can you get away with specifying a single glazed clear façade on a commercial building unless your proposed design uses a reduced amount of glass in its façade.” “Also, if you are building a new commercial building in any of the capital city CBD’s the market expects a minimum of 5 Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS Energy. This ties in with the PCA’s Guide to Office Quality, which states a Grade A asset should be a minimum of 4 and 4.5 Green Star and NABERS energy respectively and Premium Grade asset should be 5 and 5. Both Green Star and NABERS are voluntary schemes

but the market has driven the uptake of both.”

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But meeting these ratings with a completely glazed curtain wall poses its own problems, namely, but not solely, cost.

Glass is only part of the heat transfer problem and a window will only perform as well as its spacers and framing. Warm-edge spacer bars separating the panes of glass within insulated glazing units (IGU) have become more affordable and widely available, but most of the heat transfer of even IGUs will still come through the spacer rather than the centre of the glass.

“The Australian market is definitely behind the European market and you pay a premium for products which are standard elsewhere,” says Coulstock. “Part of this is because of the general rules of competition. Australia is a small market compared to Europe (22 million versus 731 million) and therefore not a sufficient amount of competition to drive the costs down.” Even though better products are being shipped to Australian shores, Coulstock predicts that Australia’s predilection for completely glazed commercial buildings will suffer a blow when UK style regulations board that boat as well. “Currently in the UK, you are no longer permitted to provide full height glazing across the whole of your façade,” he says. “We typically follow Europe in terms of progress in the construction industry and as mentioned reduced glazing area is a key factor in the UK for commercial buildings and I expect this will follow in a few years here.”

Window frames are a common source of thermal bridging, particularly in commercial applications where better thermal dampener variations such as timber and vinyl frames are not applicable to use and aluminium frames dominate.

MIGLAS AUSTRALIA’S ALICLAD+ RANGE IS AN ALUMINIUM/ TIMBER COMPOSITE DOUBLE GLAZED FRAME. IT OFFERS THE THERMAL DAMPENING BENEFITS OF A TIMBER FRAMED WINDOW WITH THE ENDURING QUALITIES OF POWDER COATED ALUMINIUM.

Despite the technology, thermally broken aluminium frames rarely contribute to a window achieving an R-Value over R4, even if a R9 IGU is used for the glazing element. Composite frames are beginning to surface in the market and these include foam-filled vinyl frames with aluminium exterior claddings, wood frames with polyurethane thermal breaks, and foam-filled fiberglass extrusions with wood interior and aluminium exterior finishes. These innovations in window frames have improved their heat flow resistance however they are still behind the performance of glazing technology and will continue to be the source of most unwanted heat transfer in a building.

RECOGNISED IN POPULAR SCIENCE MAGAZINE’S LIST ‘THE 100 BEST INVENTIONS OF THE MILLENNIUM’, HEAT MIRROR TECHNOLOGY UTILIZES ADVANCED COATED FILMS SUSPENDED IN THE MIDDLE OF AN IGU THAT REFLECT HEAT BACK TO ITS SOURCE. THEY ALSO PROVIDE MULTIPLE INSULATING CAVITIES WHICH CAN BE FILLED WITH KRYPTON OR ARGON GAS FOR IMPROVED PERFORMANCE. VIRIDIAN AND PAARHAMMER ARE CURRENTLY TRIALLING HEAT MIRROR STRIPS IN THEIR GLAZING UNITS AND FRAMES.


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New LoE³-340 Unrivalled balance of low solar heat gain & high visibility LoE³-340 produces an unprecedented Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.18. What sets it apart from the rest is that it doesn’t compromise visibility; achieving a Visible Light Transmission (VLT) of 38%, well within the desired range for commercial buildings. It also comes standard with Neat® easy-clean technology, a special coating which harnesses the suns rays to lift dirt so the rain can wash it away.

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1. Palm Beach House, NSW by Don Taylor Design Associates Don Taylor Design Associates used a vertical folding window system from Smartech Door Systems to open up the interiors to prevailing north easterly winds at this exclusive residence in Sydney’s Palm Beach. (Image: Smartech)

FIVE AUSTRALIAN BUILDINGS WITH GARAGE DOORS IN PLACES YOU WOULDN’T EXPECT

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HETHER THEY TILT, COIL, SLIDE OR FOLD, OPERABLE WINDOW WALLS ARE COMMONLY SPECIFIED BY AUSTRALIAN BUILDING DESIGNERS BECAUSE THEY OFFER CLIENTS FLEXIBLE LIVING AND AN OPERABLE CONNECTION BETWEEN INTERIOR AND OUTDOOR SPACES.

While in search of that flexibility, we have seen building designers of late turn to using garage, hangar and overhead doors where traditional sliding and bifold variations might have been previously specified, mainly because they offer more space.

2. Koppen Tce, Cairns by Ben Killeen Design The feature of this Cairns home by Ben Killeen Design is the 5m high x 4m wide automatic vertical bi-fold door, made with “low-e” glass panels for improved solar heat gain insulation. The system comes from Arco. (Image: Reilly Building)

Contemporary overhead and horizontal sliding glass doors as well as vertically bi-folding windows are also becoming less of an energy burden and can be specified to include double glazed units, low-e glass and thermally broken frames. Here are five projects where overhead windows and doors have replaced traditional variations in window wall applications. ■ 1

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4. Challis Avenue Apartments, Potts Point by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Tonkin Zulaikha Greer designed this six-storey apartment building to not only maximise views, cross ventilation and privacy but also to generate a form that acts as a transition of scale between two neighbouring historic buildings. Full-height garage-style operable glass doors (8x 4.6m high panels) in powdercoated aluminium come from B&D and provide an extension of the interior to the north. (Photography by Patrick Bingham-Hall) 5. The Commons, Victoria by Breathe Architecture Breathe Architecture have showed with their award winning project The Commons that sustainability extends beyond a building’s energy performance and into the fields of occupant comfort and experience with the building.

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3. The Black Box, NSW by Tina Tziallas Architecture Studio Tina Tziallas repurposed an old machinery shed into a new office for software company Inteweave. Tziallas replaced the existing garage roller doors with three high-performance Renlita tilt doors (available from Australia’s Monarch Doors) and clad the remaining of the northern façade in a low VLT black glass. The tilt doors and other glazed areas are also double glazed units. (Photography by Holly Treadaway)

Initiatives like the incorporation of this counterbalanced fold up door by Arco Commercial Door Systems will make The Commons enjoyable for years to come and gives occupants hands on control of their apartment’s thermal comfort. (Photography by Andrew Wuttke)


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15 SOLUTIONS FOR THE MODERN DAY KITCHEN [WORDS] GERALDINE CHUA

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DECADE OR TWO AGO THE KITCHEN WAS POSSIBLY THE LEAST DESIRABLE DESIGN SPACE OF ANY PROJECT, BUT WITH THE INCREASING COMMINGLING OF DIFFERENT AREAS IN A BUILDING, THEY HAVE GROWN TO BE ONE OF THE KEY FOCAL POINTS FOR A BUILDING’S INDOOR ARCHITECTURE. A main motivator behind this shift is how we think about spaces for interaction. An office kitchen is where colleagues come together to take breaks and creates opportunities for chance interaction. At home, the kitchen is no longer just a place to cook, but also to eat and entertain. Hospitality kitchens, such as those found in cafes, bars and restaurants, are also being made visible to patrons who want to see the action and activities behind-the-scenes. There have been changes in design strategies to accommodate for this shift towards more flexible, open kitchens, including the rising popularity of concealed systems and appliances. Bins can now be kept out of sight – although hopefully not out of mind – while sliding splashbacks hide away kitchen equipment to minimise clutter.

ANSARADA BY THOSE ARCHITECTS. PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRASER MARSDEN

Ansarada’s office by Those Architects is one instance where everything is not quite as it appears – what seems to be a clean maple faced wall is actually the front for a fully functioning kitchen that can cater for over 50 staff, concealed by a massive overhead tilting door operated by hydraulic struts.

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For smaller urban apartments, concealed systems and designs can make a living area seem bigger and less busy too, and kitchen cabinetry can be as much of an artistic statement as a functional storage tool.

This retractable mixer tap by German company Blanco is collapsible, and can be completely hidden from view above the countertop surface when not in use. With a long reach sprout and ceramic disc control, the faucet is able to swivel 360° and comes with a stability plate. Unfortunately this product is not available in Australia, although we’ll be sure to keep our eyes peeled for similar innovations.


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TILT OUTDOOR KITCHEN BY TAIT This outdoor kitchen designed by Justin Hutchinson/Urban Commons looks like a humble box, but its natural oil stained Accoya timber battens are actually a screen that when lifted up, becomes a 2.2 metre high awning. The box, which comes with an integrated cook-top and sink, is designed to weather Australia’s extremes and can be used on balconies, rooftop gardens, and shared community spaces at work.

VALCUCINE’S NEW LOGICA BY ROGERSELLER Described as “the most ergonomically designed kitchen system ever”, the New Logica Equipped Back contains and conceals all the equipment needed in the kitchen, from weighing scales, to bottle racks and even moveable power and USB sockets. Even the kitchen tap and dish-drainer can be hidden away.

HIDEAWAY BINS The Hideaway Bin is everything its name suggests, and maybe even a little bit more. Ideal for use in residential and some commercial applications, the bins come in three ranges – The Hideaway Soft Close range includes a removable foam-sprung friction-fitted lid for odour control and a Clinikill anti-bacterial powder-coat lid; the Hideaway Deluxe Bins has quality ball bearing runners that over extend, allowing for easy removal of buckets; and the Hideaway Compact Bins, which are designed with less componentry than the other two, and ideal for areas of limited space.


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FUNCTIONAL KITCHENS Another key trend for 2015 is kitchen design becoming more about the functionality within. After all, cooking, entertaining and even hanging out becomes rather difficult if the kitchen shelves are out of your reach, or storage systems are seriously lacking because they don’t ‘look good’. “Clever-Storage solutions from Corners to complete Pantry Solutions are high priorities,” says Hafele’s National Marketing Manager, Melissa Murat. “Intelligent Waste Management has also become one of the most important areas within the design of the kitchen. Accommodating both waste and recyclables is now a must.” Blum is another company that is interested in what a kitchen fit for everyday use looks like, with their research showing that practical kitchens require three key features – simple and ergonomic workflows, valuable storage space, and superior quality of motion that enhance user convenience.

HAFELE’S CONVOY CENTRO This pull out pantry allows all groceries to be centrally positioned in one unit without taking up too much space. A light touch, enabled by SoftStop-Pro, moves all the contents out in front of the unit so that users have fast access to, and a clear view of what they have and need from either side. Not only does this save time and effort, it also avoids the risk of items being forgotten at the back of the cupboard. The shelves are easily height adjusted without any tools needed, and can be set in any position.

AVENTOS HL BY BLUM The Aventos HL is one of five lift systems available from Blum. Coming with softclose BLUMOTION technology, it is suitable for mid and high wall units and cabinets, and allows for easy access to the interior of cupboards.

EPURE ZONE KITCHEN SINK FROM CLARK Taking home a 2013 Australian International Design award, the Epure Zone is a versatile sink space that easily converts into a drainer, dish drying rack, colander and chopping board, effectively eliminating the need to reach into cupboards for kitchen essentials. The sink is constructed from 100 per cent recyclable, 1.2mm thick 304 stainless steel, and is stain and odour-resistant. The drainer is integrated with the covers to provide a harmonious visual continuation of the bench top surface.

ECO & QUADRA SPARKLING DISPENSER BY BILLI Instant filtered boiling and chilled water has become a staple in both commercial and residential kitchens, but Billi has upped the ante with a Chilled Sparkling water tap. The C02 injection used in the sparkling range ensures the level of CO2 saturation in the water is high, adjustable up to 5 bars of CO2 pressure.


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THE CUT BY ALESSANDRO ISOLA London-based architect Alessandro Isola has designed a reconfigurable kitchen called ‘The Cut’, which features a parallelepiped bench sliced into two movable components. A slot cut through the top bench creates space for an additional table surface to be stored, or swivelled horizontally into fixed positions that suit user needs. Cuts made in the benches are emphasised by contrasting materials, while a sequence of hanging frames with inset LEDs form a changeable configuration of storage and shelving above the parallelepiped island.

SIEMENS MODULAR ‘FOODLAB’ BY STUDIO RYGALIK Studio Rygalik collaborated with Polish restaurant Concordia Taste to create this mobile kitchen unit that features a series of interrelated modules fi xed to casters so they can be rearranged for a customised kitchen design. The functional modules resemble wooden cargo boxes and incorporate open cabinets, drawers and bench space.

PUSH TO OPEN SILENT FUNCTION FROM HETTICH Designed for Hettich’s ArchiTech drawers, the new function combines a Push to open mechanism with the benefits of a handle-less design, and a large self-opening distance that means people with their hands full don’t need to pull the drawer out further. Closing the drawer automatically reloads the Push to open mechanism, before the drawer glides home gently. The mechanism is simply fitted under the drawer base and easily installed without altering drawers, runners, carcases and front panels.

EURO CAV ULTIMA SOFT CLOSING CAVITY SLIDER

The Euro Cav Ultima soft closing cavity sliding system uses patented Swiss technology and innovation for quiet, gentle sliding convenience. Benefits of the Euro Cav soft closing system are: Simple preparation Attached to running gear by a single screw. Unique assembly advantage Installed and removed without removing the running track. Tangible Comfort Doors are gently braked and pulled into the end position.

Please contact Altro at sales@altro.net.au or Phone 1300 367 480 for a quotation

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FIT FOR ALL KITCHENS Universal design, liveability and even sustainability are some of the phrases that get thrown around when designers think about catering for an aging population, but combined with ideals for disabled and multigenerational living (ageing in place), they all point towards the same ‘magna carta’: accessible design that works for every member of society. This focus on liveability, while traditionally most focused on key areas such as bathrooms, has made itself known in recent kitchen design trends. Mandatory standards AS 1428.1, AS 1428.2 and AS 4299 dictate how to achieve an accessible kitchen for most of the population, but there are also products and systems that help make kitchens an easier place to navigate and use for all.

INDIVO HEIGHT ADJUSTABLE KITCHEN LIFTS Enware offers its expanded Indivo range of vertical lifting units that allow worktops and wall cupboards to be manually or electrically height-adjusted for standing or seated users, including wheelchair occupants and children, so they can participate in cooking or other joint activities irrespective of their abilities. The lifts are contained within telescopic legs and behind cupboard fittings, and safety features include shielding (unobtrusive plates and pressure-sensitive safety bars) designed to prevent injury in operation.

GROHE EASY TOUCH FAUCETS Instead of fiddling with tap levers, GROHE Easy Touch faucets allow users to control the flow of water with just a touch from their wrist, forearm or the back of their hand. The technology is completely concealed within the faucet, and lets you turn it on and off without leaving a mark, meaning faucets remain clean and bacteria free for longer. Although this product is not sold in Australia, there are many touch-free variations on the market.


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KITCHEN ELECTRICAL LIFT MECHANISMS FROM HAFELE This lift mechanism from Hafele, designed for accessibility and aesthetics, is suitable for raising and lowering an entire cabinet or a cabinet interior vertically, meaning microwaves, ovens and even shelves can be hidden from view, but easy to reach when required. It is operated by a remote control, with the compact design of the lift able to fit into most standard kitchen cabinets. The kitchen lift is also easy to install with plug and play connections and components packaged in one carton.

SERVO-DRIVE BY BLUM SERVO-DRIVE is an electric motion support system that allows lift systems and pull-outs to be opened and closed with just a single touch. Equipped with BLUMOTION technology for soft and effortless motion, the system can be used for wall cabinets and base units, whether they are heavy or light, have handle-less fronts, or wide or narrow pull-outs. Users can stop pull-outs and wall cabinets in any position and set them in motion again when they want to. In the event of a power failure the fittings will continue to be fully functional.

GRIP GUARD FLOOR TREATMENT Slips and falls are one of the most common causes of injury, so ensuring floors are “just right� in terms of their slip resistance is important. The Grip Guard non-slip treatment works to microscopically modify floor surfaces to increase the grip for bare feet, shoes and all kinds of pneumatic and solid wheel tires. Invisible to the naked eye, it is not a coating and will not wear off, and floors can be cleaned as per normal.


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HREE-DIMENSIONAL (3D) MODELS ARE AN ESSENTIAL PART OF ANY BUILDING DESIGNER’S OFFERING AND FOR DECADES THEY HAVE AIDED BRIEFS FOR COMPETITIONS, COUNCIL DA SUBMISSIONS AND ESTABLISHING DESIGN UNDERSTANDINGS WITH CLIENTS AND BUILDERS. The quality of computer-produced 3D renders have improved in leaps and bounds in recent times thanks mainly to the sophistication of Computer Automated Design (CAD) software programs, which now operate in 2D/3D synchronised modelling workflows and accommodate increased data about a building’s material composition. This is a major shift from the standardised CAD software of yesteryear which functioned in independent plan, section and elevation drafting workflows, and came with only very basic object and material presets.

Not only has this development transitioned building designers into the world of digital 3D modelling, it has also aligned them with the processes involved in creating a Building Information Model (BIM). By working in 3D, with reality-like materials and textures, building designers are now in a better position to collaborate with engineering and construction parties in the creation of highly detailed digital BIMs of a building’s physical and functional characteristics. Improvements in compatibility between CAD and external editing programs have also been one of the major developments in design software in recent times, making the production of 3D renders quicker, easier and seamless in the process. Today, most contemporary programs will have at least one or two file formats that provide a

cross-platform for architectural models to transfer between 3D programs for editing, although it’s still well known that every application has its pros and cons, and that some work with particular lighting and texturing programs better than others. The speed of processing and rendering models has also increased thanks the increasing transition from Central Processing Units (CPUs) to the much faster Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) which allow designers to change the materials and textures of a 3D model quicker and in client meeting situations. Manufacturers and suppliers of lighting, furniture and building products are also catching on to the increasingly important role of architectural rendering and a lot of Australian companies now offer IES-Files (lighting) or CAD Blocks and Families (furniture

and materials) of their products free of charge so designers can incorporate them in the modelling and rendering stages of design. Although these upgrades to software has improved the speed and quality of 3D renders produced by building designers, the process of producing a render is still a lengthy one, and at times costly. Many architecture firms still outsource 3D rendering to architectural visualisation studios, quite simply they don’t have the luxury of time or an established marketing budget to be producing highly detailed 3D models. Read on to see five examples of projects from rendering professionals that showcase the ability of contemporary rendering software in creating reality-like 3D renders. Some of these were made prior to project completion, while others were made following from a photograph.


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CHADSTONE SHOPPING CENTRE BY BUCHAN GROUP, RENDER BY SCOTT BALLIS OF ATOMIC3D (PHOTOGRAPH: SCOTT BALLIS) SOFTWARE: • REVIT (FROM ARCHITECT)— MODELLING • 3D STUDIO MAX – TEXTURES • V-RAY – LIGHTING AND SHADING • ADOBE PHOTOSHOP— POSTWORK

PARIS OFFICE PROJECT BY HARDEL LEBIHAN ARCHITECTS, RENDER BY GAEL NYS, RSI-STUDIO (PHOTOGRAPH: VINCENT FILLON) SOFTWARE: • 3DSMAX AND AUTOCAD—MODELLING • VRAY—LIGHTING AND TEXTURES • ADOBE AFTER EFFECTS— POSTWORK


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ALBANY ENTERTAINMENT CENTRE BY COX ARCHITECTURE, RENDER BY VEETIL DIGITAL (PHOTOGRAPH: ALISON PAINE) SOFTWARE: • 3D STUDIO MAX—MODELLING • MASSFX—TEXTURES AND LANDSCAPE • ADOBE PHOTOSHOP AND AFTER EFFECTS—POSTWORK

TROJAN HOUSE BY JACKSON CLEMENTS BURROWS ARCHITECTS, RENDER BY CHRISTIAN BEHRENDT (PHOTOGRAPH: EMMA CROSS) SOFTWARE: • CINEMA 4D PRIME—POLYMODELLING, RENDERING • CG-SOURCE—TEXTURES • V-RAY – LIGHTING AND SHADING • ADOBE PHOTOSHOP—POSTWORK

NARRABEEN HOUSE BY CHROFI ARCHITECTS, RENDER BY GUILLAUME FAVRE (PHOTOGRAPH: SIMON WHITBREAD) SOFTWARE: • 3D STUDIO MAX—POLYMODELLING, RENDERING • CG-SOURCE—MATERIALS AND TEXTURES • DESIGNCONNECTED AND MODEL+MODEL—FURNITURE • V-RAY – LIGHTING AND SHADING • ADOBE PHOTOSHOP—POSTWORK


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THE STATE OF PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS IN AUSTRALIAN BUILDING DESIGN

[WORDS] WARREN MCLAREN

UMOW LAI’S TENANCY AT 10 YARRA STREET IS THE FIRST IN VICTORIA, AND AMONGST THE FIRST IN AUSTRALIA TO USE PCMS TO AID THE ACHIEVEMENT OF A A 6 STAR GREEN STAR – OFFICE INTERIORS V1.1 CERTIFIED RATING. IMAGE: MATT IRWIN.

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HAT KEEPS YOU COMFORTABLE? BUT IS NOT AIR CONDITIONING. NOR INSULATION, AS YOU KNOW IT. PHASE CHANGE MATERIALS. They sound like something from a science fiction movie like, Hyper Drive, Warp Speed or Temporal Agent. Even a simple explanation does nothing to dispel that notion. Materials that store (and release) heat, all the while retaining a near constant temperature. They do it up to a dozen times more effectively than other ‘thermal mass’ mediums, such as water and masonry. And they keep doing this for decades, with no powered input, nor maintenance. Just the sort of thing you’d expect to find aboard the Millienium Falcon or the Enterprise. But increasingly Phase Change Materials (or PCMs for those who prefer TLAs) are being teleported into our buildings. Water is the classic PCM. At room temperature it’s a liquid. Heat it enough and it turns to a gas — water vapour or steam. Cool it sufficiently and you have a solid — ice, snow, frost. Gas. Liquid. Solid. These are three primary states

THE FLOATING PAVILION IN ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS BY DELTASYNC AND PUBLICDOMAIN ARCHITECTS USES PCM MATERIALS AND AIR-CONDITIONING TO KEEP TEMPERATURES STEADY THROUGHOUT ITS THREE SEMI-TRANSPARENT DOMES. IMAGE: PCM ENERGY P.LTD


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or ‘Phases’ that most of us are familiar with. (There is technically a fourth state, known as Plasma, when a material becomes responsive to electromagnetism, i.e. lightning.) Heaps of energy is inherent in these changes of phase. Much of it expressed as heat. PCMs that can capture and store that heat have great potential in architectural design. They equip designers with the opportunity to eliminate, or at least reduce, the inclusion of electricity guzzling air conditioning systems. In 2009, Charles Sturt University’s Thurgoona campus at Albury was apparently the first in the world to use phase change materials in their concrete flooring. PCMs were also integrated in the plasterboard ceilings. Such attributes helped the site score six green stars and ‘world leader’ status from the Green Building Council of Australia. Speaking of six star buildings, the first one in Victoria to rate such a thing for Office Interiors was the offices of architectural firm Umow Lai. They picked up a maximum of five innovation points for their use of phase change materials to control temperatures in a meeting room, without resorting to mechanical cooling and heating systems. It was around 2004 when Phase Change Materials really started to make inroads into architecture. About this time the world’s largest chemical company, Germany’s BASF, introduced their Micronal product. They encased a paraffin wax storage medium inside a microscopically small acrylic plastic sphere. When temps rise, the wax in the spheres starts to turn to a liquid —changing its phase — and in the process absorbs heat. When the mercury

drops the wax starts the process toward solidify again and releases all that stored heat. Now you may be thinking, “Big deal, that’s what ‘thermal mass’ materials have always done.” True, but never as effectively as this. When incorporated in a plasterboard, known as SmartBoard by Knauf, BASF reckon that 5mm of their product has the thermal mass properties equivalent to “a 140mm thick concrete wall or a 3650mm thick brick wall.” Furthermore, they explain that one of the unique characteristics of Micronal PCM is that 1g of the stuff is equivalent to a surface area of 3sqm. The product has been tested for 10,000 phase changes, without loss of effectiveness, which is said to correspond to a life cycle of about 30 years. Based on such testing, BASF are confident their Micronal PCM is durable for the lifetime of the building. Depending on the intended end use, materials may be impregnated with a PCM graded to a set nominated heat storage temperature: usually 21, 23 or 26°C. Regardless of the start temperature BASF suggest that a “cooling effect of about 3 to 4 degrees Celsius [is] achievable.” They also note that “conventional air conditioning systems which are usually designed to create a temperature difference of 6 degrees Celsius.” The capsules are described as “mechanically practically indestructible” and being only 2-20µm in size (1mm = 1,000µm), there is no loss of heat exchange function to substrates that are cut or drilled. As the Charles Sturt Uni example above indicates, Micronal is also able to be mixed with concrete.

DUPONT RECKONS THEIR ENERGAIN PANELS WITH SANDWICHED PCM CAN REDUCE COSTS BY AN AVERAGE OF 35 PER CENT AND HELP TO REDUCE HEATING BILLS IN THE WINTER BY UP TO 15 PER CENT.


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BASF’s gargantuan size hasn’t completely frightened other players off the field. hat other chemical giant, DuPont, entered the fray with their Energain product. Their paraffin wax PCMs (60 per cent) are mixed with a ethylene copolymer (40 per cent) and sandwiched between two sheets of 100 μm aluminium sheet to create a panel a smidge over 5mm thick. These panels are suitable for use in partitions, walls and ceilings installed behind plasterboard. In buildings with air conditioning DuPont posit that their Energain panels “can reduce costs by an average of 35 per cent and help to reduce heating bills in the winter by up to 15 per cent.” In another comparison the company indicate that, “material analysis of equal volume has shown that concrete offers only approximately 17 per cent of the energy capacity.” Thus, panels of PCM can overcome the lack of thermal mass in lightweight buildings, as Energain starts absorb heat at 22°C. Phase Change Energy Solutions proffer another option. Unlike BASF Micronal and DuPont Energain, BioPCM doesn’t use paraffin wax or rigid panels. Rather it is created with the waste product derived from the manufacturing process of soy, palm, coconut oil. These “acidic fatty esters are then blended with a nano scale thickening agent made of spherical bits of silica.” The final result is a gel, which is contained within a multitude of pockets in a flexible roll of plastic film. This allows BioPCM to be easily installed in new structures, but also by home owners as a retrofit. The company based in USA, with an Australian office, believe their product, which resembles a rolled sheet of pills for a giant, makes a significant difference to indoor temperature variations. In one test a control building without BioPCM exhibited a temperature swing of 13°C, compared to only a 3°C variance in the identical structure that otherwise deployed BioPCM. Victorian building designers Positive Footprints worked with BioPCM for their 9-star reverse brick veneer residential project in Victoria. And whilst BASF Micronal can be combined cement to form a phase change concrete floor BioPCM can be install directly under timber floor boards. In doing so, Phase Change Energy Solutions maintain such flooring delivers more effective thermal mass than concrete, but with just two per cent the weight of concrete. Tate Access Floors also use PCMs in flooring, but with a couple of twists. Firstly their EcoCore panels are used for raised access floors, that allow for an office’s services, like cabling and air conditioning, to be hidden underneath. Secondly, they advocate a perimeter placement of the panels on sunward side of building. As heat enters the office, the phase change materials mixed with structural cement and contained within steel welded shells absorb this increased temperature. Tests performed by Tate suggest their system can reduce air conditioning demand by 17.7 per cent, when contrasted with a typical concrete slab floor. Floors and walls aren’t the only building products utilising phase change materials. One of the more intriguing adoptions of PCMs is GlassX’s Crystal product, which the Swiss firm believe “makes it

possible to replace solid walls with glass elements.” Crystal is essentially a quadrupled glazed window. Positioned between two of the panes is a translucent salt-hydrate PCM. The 79mm thick glazing unit is credited with absorbing “about the same amount of energy as a 400 mm thickness of concrete.” But here is the extra kicker: with the PCM in its crystalline state, the panel transmits between up to 28 per cent of visible light, and up to 45 per cent in its liquid phase. Thus, a thermal mass external wall that allows the passage of diffused sunlight.

PERTH’S PHASE CHANGE PRODUCTS PROVIDES AN AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEM THAT INCORPORATES PCM TO REDUCE ENERGY COSTS FROM HVAC SYSTEMS.

We’ll conclude with yet another variation. Perth-based Phase Change Products have their High Efficiency Thermal Air Conditioning (HETAC) system regulated by phase change materials in a storage tank connected to an air conditioner. Warm building air is transferred to the tank, where the biodegradable, non-toxic PCMs suck up the heat. In the evening the AC systems cools down the PCM storage tank preparing it for the next day’s heat exchange. It results in a 50 per cent energy saving, compared with conventional air conditioning. As we readily say, the above is but a taster, in this case, of the many innovative applications that Phase Change Materials can be configured for. Science fiction made architectural reality. ■

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PRODUCT SHOWCASES INSPIRING CAROMA BASINS Introducing Caroma’s four distinctive new basin designs, titled ‘Muze’, ‘Teo’, ‘Grace’ and ‘Quinn’. These basins are inspired, designed and made in Italy and together, they form Caroma’s ‘Inspiring New Basin Range’. Caroma Muze Freestanding and Above Counter Basins provide a major statement in any bathroom space. Creating soft, simple sophisticated lines, the Caroma Muze is a showcase of form and functionality. The Teo Basin range provides an inspiring on trend solution for all residential and commercial bathroom spaces in a variety of sizes. Suited to a wide range of contemporary bathroom styles, the series of six wall hung basins are designed for those who favour sharp lines and square styling.

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PRESENTING SLIDE AND FOLD BY HÄFELE If you want to create a space that turns heads, then sliding and folding systems are where it’s at. And when only the best will do, you turn to Häfele. Now, for the very first time, you can see everything the 2014 Trends Top 30 Homes supplier has to offer in one exclusive collection. The Slide and Fold catalogue includes installations from European giants Hawa and EKU, plus Häfele’s own Slido range that you won’t find anywhere else in Australia. Slide and Fold has everything you need to choose, use and refer sliding and folding systems for almost every building or furniture application you thought possible – and even ones you didn’t. Don’t start your next project without it. Visit hafele.com/au to get your exclusive Slide and Fold catalogue today.

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DO MORE WITH YOUR WALLS: DESIGNLEADING SOLUTIONS FROM LAMINEX Design professionals are embracing walls beyond their main purpose – a supporting structure – and exploring their full potential to create inspiring and interesting commercial spaces. According to Laminex Marketing Manager, Joanna Baker, the ‘do more with your walls’ designthinking is seeing architects, designers and specifiers use walls as a standout, functional feature. “All in the name of functional design, there is a rise in walls being used as writing surfaces, creative storage solutions, wall dividers and movable wall systems to create reconfigurable spaces in commercial interiors, from offices to retail and hospitality fitouts,” Joanna explains. Incorporating durable and decorative walls into functional commercial spaces can be achieved with the wide range of Laminex Wall Panel solutions. The offer includes Clipwall™, the latest revolutionary Laminex product; a wall-lining system that

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PRODUCT SHOWCASES SOLbond – IN THE NEVER-ENDING PURSUIT OF SOLAR INNOVATION In the never-ending pursuit of innovation, TCK Solar has successfully been using SOLbond from SOLON: the German engineered and manufactured ultrathin solar panel system. Defying previous standards of possibility, SOLbond condenses all the power of TCK Solar into a revolutionary system that is only as thin as the glass. Despite being the thinnest panel yet, SOLbond is packed full of features: Light as a feather Designed for all flat metal roofs, the lightweight panels (10kg per sqm) are ideal for areas with low load-bearing reserves. Flawlessly functional Super lightweight, ultrathin, frameless and self-cleaning the SOLbond panel system produces sleek solar power solutions, whilst taking nothing away from the architectural style of the building. Powerful as ever Either using a unique fibreglass-reinforced-plastic rail system on existing roofs or glued straight to new roofs, the frameless panels are easily installed within a matter of hours and feature a power density of more than 150 Watt per sqm. Immovable An even weight dispersal across the roof is protecting the structural soundness of the building. German engineered adhesive solutions make the systems immune to high winds

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ANNOUNCING WORLD CLASS SPEAKERS FOR SPARC 2015 SPARC International Lighting Event announces an impressive line-up of internationally and nationally renowned experts in lighting design, education, research and architecture. SPARC 2015 features an educational seminar program alongside a cutting-edge exhibition of global developments and future directions in lighting which can assist attendees with their professional development requirements. Speakers include: • Colour preferencebased LED lighting” by Dr Yoshi Ohno. • Consumer choice for lighting products and the feasibility of DC circuits for lighting” by Assoc. Professor Inês Azevedo. • Museum Lighting” by Simm Steel. • Early lessons learned

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PRODUCT SHOWCASES SCHUECO TILT/TURN WINDOW SYSTEM OFFERS MANY ADVANTAGES The wide range of aluminium window systems available from Schueco Australia includes one which offers customers many advantages. Thanks to precision engineering, Schueco’s Tilt/Turn Window can open in two different ways. Turning the handle one step enables the vent to tilt inwards from the bottom for draught-free ventilation; turning it a second step engages the side-hinges allowing the window to open inward as a turn-window. The benefits of this system include easy cleaning of the outside surface of the glass and simplified fitting of external flyscreens. In addition, in tilt mode, the window provides fresh air while still meeting safety-related opening restrictions. The Schueco Tilt/Turn Window is supplied either uninsulated or with differing degrees of insulation up to, and including, Passive House standard. The window can be fitted with concealed TipTronic motors so that it opens and closes by means of a button on the handle, a wall-mounted switch, a remote device or a BMS. Inbuilt antifinger-trap protection ensures safety in automated use. Finally, the Schueco Tilt/Turn Window offers excellent security: with enhanced fittings and glazing, special burglar-resistant units meet security levels up to a RC 3 standard.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASES ELECTRONIC COLLABORATION COMES TO PLANS Design and construction professionals have long shared ideas using email. More recently, smartphones have added instant messaging and texting to the electronic collaboration toolkit. But those media are for words. When it comes to drawings, collaborators have remained stubbornly rooted in paper – until now. Software such as Bluebeam Revu enables plan viewing and markups at workstations. Apps such as PlanGrid, Fieldwire, and SmartUse enable on-the-go collaboration via tablets. The SmartUse app even works on large, interactive screens, combining full-size viewing and comparison with the ability to share those plans (and their markups) at workstations and on tablets.

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BARBEN AUSTRALIAN MADE TIMBER ENTRY DOOR HANDLES Barben Architectural Hardware’s range of Australian made timber entry door handles are manufactured using recycled timber and marine grade stainless steel components. These quality handles are also finished with two coats of clear polyurethane and are therefore an ideal selection for interior or exterior projects, ranging from interior fitouts through to high end residential projects. The complete range of Barben timber handles can be supplied in a wide variety of timber species such as Tasmanian Oak, Blackbutt and American White Oak and can also be stained to your specific requirements. As with all of the Barben Architectural Hardware products, custom design and manufactured options are also available on request. For more information on the Barben range of handles please visit our new web site at www.barben.com.au

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