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SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

FINALISTS

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INTRODUCING THE 2015 SHORTLIST

ACCESSIBILITY Perfect products for aged care projects

BATTERY BOOM The latest in solar storage

BRICKS Perforated facades providing privacy, aesthetics and light


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EDITOR’S LETTER

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ELCOME TO OUR SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS FINALISTS ISSUE, WHERE WE ANNOUNCE ALL OF THE BUILDING PROJECTS AND PRODUCTS IN THE RUNNING FOR HONOURS - 68 IN 2015 (FROM PAGE 26). As is the case every year, each and every shortlisted project has a worthwhile story to tell and we simply don’t have the space here in print to do them justice – it could easily span hundreds of pages. And to chop down the forest-load of trees required would hardly be in keeping with the ethos of the program! In that spirit, this is the first year our awards entry and judging process was an entirely paperless process. Technology is an excellent thing. It also means you can in fact read all about the shortlisted projects and products, as well as check out a vast array of beautiful photos, floor plans, sections and other diagrams by visiting architectureanddesign. com.au/projects/2015-sustainabilityawards (our partner website). For us, the awards are a great way to pick up on the latest materials and design techniques being applied by the leaders in our industry, in the best new projects right across the country. A few trends we picked up on this year are the obvious interest in incorporating more living greenery in around and top of buildings; there seems to be a move away from air-conditioning dependence with greater natural

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

ON THE COVER: NOT YOUR TYPICAL OFFICES, OXIGEN HALIFAX STUDIO SPACES ARE DESIGNED TO CONNECT WITH SHOPFRONT AND ADELAIDE STREETSCAPE. PHOTOGRAPHY: DAN SCHULTZ. (SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS, OFFICE FITOUTS CATEGORY FINALIST 2015. SHORTLIST BEGINS PAGE 26).

cooling and ventilation systems; and an increasing utilisation of real time data that will allow users to better manage resource consumption. You may notice some of the finalists are weaved throughout the following pages, where they happen to complement our features. A fine example is CarbonTRACK (see page 7), a hardware, software, and communications technology suite that reduces electricity use in buildings by switching and controlling devices and appliances by adapting to user behaviour through its own dedicated wirelessly connected system. By directing power from distributed renewable sources, such as solar, it has massive potential to optimise power use for the benefit of the environment, and whoever pays the electricity bill. Interestingly, the new automation system neatly demonstrates how innovators are out there devising brilliant new products that complement major emerging technologies – in this case, battery storage (from page 6).

NEWS

FLOORING

4 Government tackles

16 Rubber hits the ground

non-conforming building products issue

running in volume traffic areas

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6 The rapidly developing solar storage landscape

8 Brilliant new batteries BRICKS

10 A sample of perforated brick facades lighting up our buildings

AGED CARE & ACCESS

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With the latest development in solar hybrid systems, we can definitely expect to see many more battery applications among the Sustainability Awards in future years – small commercial finalist Braham architects hints at exactly that (page 7). In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the present edition.

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Products perfect for aged care facilities

SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS

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All 68 finalists in the running for honours in 2015

PRODUCT SHOWCASES

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Information on new and exciting building and architectural products. Introduced with the full directory and how to enquire

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AUTHORITIES PROMISE ACTION ON OUR NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS CRISIS [WORDS] DAVID WHEELDON

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TATE AND FEDERAL PLANNING MINISTERS HAVE JOINTLY EXPRESSED HOW THEY SHARE THE BUILDING INDUSTRY’S UNANIMOUSLY HELD CONCERNS OF A GROWING NON-CONFORMING BUILDING PRODUCTS CRISIS IN AUSTRALIA AND HAVE AGREED TO TACKLE THE ISSUE. The Building Ministers’ Forum (BMF) - the body of Commonwealth, State and Territory Ministers responsible for building and plumbing regulation in Australia – was held on July 31. They agreed to establish a working group of senior officers to report to the ministers within six months on strategies to minimise the risks to consumers, businesses and the community associated with failure of building products to conform to relevant laws and regulations and at the point of import. They also agreed that, to ensure that community health and safety is effectively maintained, the Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) will investigate options for a possible mandatory scheme for high risk building products with life safety implications, also to report to ministers within six months. Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne stated he had put fire safety of high-rise

buildings on the agenda following the highly publicised case of a fire last year at the Lacrosse Apartments in Docklands, in which non-combustibility of cladding was found to be a major factor in the fire’s spread. The seriousness with which Victoria is taking this issue was further evidenced in August, when the Victorian State Coroner was asked, and agreed to, investigate the situation around the combustibility of the cladding material used on “the building and, in conjunction with that, whether the National and State regulatory frameworks ensured that risks were identified and addressed”. “All the states have [now] recognised the need for a stronger building products accreditation system to help prevent fire tragedies in our high rises,” Wynne stated. Meanwhile, a Senate Inquiry is scheduled for October into the negative impacts of non-conforming building products and to consider possible improvements to the current regulatory framework in Australia. Industry groups also continue to work together to heavily lobby the political leaders, with representations emerging from everyone from designers and builders through to manufacturers and certification bodies.

SOME OF THE REASONS FOR THE SERIOUS CONCERNS ARE OUTLINED IN THE FIGURES REPORTED BELOW, TAKEN FROM THE PAST 2-3 YEARS.

COMPLIANCE CRISIS IN NUMBERS 95 12 40,000 9 per cent of respondents to a government-funded Australian Industry Group survey of the steel product sector had their businesses affected by non-conforming product (NCP).

-months of market surveillance of structural plywood samples taken at point of sale by Engineered Wood Products Association’s (EWPAA’s) revealed that 70 per cent failed to meet Australian Standards and that the failed products were largely imported.

homes and businesses were subject to a recall of fraudulent ‘Infinity’ electrical cabling in 2013.

similar, commercially available insulated flexible duct products in Australia failed to comply with mandatory energy efficiency performance standards (In Insulation Australasia’s 2014 ‘Survey of Thermal Performance of Flexible Duct’).

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out of three Chinese ‘rigid phenolic insulation’ product imports have failed to conform to Australian requirements, testing recently commissioned by Kingspan Insulation revealed. Infi nity cable. Image courtesy ACCC


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NEWS STANDARDS UPDATE: BULK THERMAL INSULATION INSTALLATION

Image: CSR Bradford. Standards Australia has published the 2015 edition of AS 3999:2015, Bulk thermal insulation – installation which supersedes AS 3999:1992, Thermal insulation of dwellings – Bulk insulation – Installation requirements.

on work health and safety.

SA says the objective of AS 3999:2015 is to set out requirements on installing insulation for both new dwellings during construction and the retrofitting of existing buildings. The Standard is intended for construction of residential buildings. It also includes requirements for electrical safety and guidance

• Updated requirements aimed at improving the performance of installed insulation and information on new products and technologies; and

Some of the key updates in the revised 2015 edition, courtesy of Standards Australia are: • Updated advice on personal safety for insulation installers;

• Introduction of comprehensive detailed drawings to complement the text and to help demonstrate what compliant installations could look like.

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POWER SURGE: THE BATTERY BOOM TIPPED FOR AUSTRALIA

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OLAR BATTERY SYSTEMS ARE ABOUT TO HIT THE MAINSTREAM, BIG-TIME THE PUNDITS SAY, TRANSFORMING THE LOOK OF AUSTRALIA’S ROOFTOPS AND ELECTRICITY INDUSTRY ALONG THE WAY. Still a relatively new phenomenon for most people in Australia, ‘hybrid solar’ comes about by combining a typical grid-connected photovoltaics (PV) system with big batteries. The technology means residences and businesses can store excess power to offset peak load, for night-time use and possibly even take a household or business off the grid. The systems generally use a smart inverter to channel power from the sun directly into a building, for use as required. Any excess electricity can be directed back into the grid (to benefit from feed-in tariffs), or to the system’s batteries for evening and morning use. Another major selling point for the batteries is the fact they can also draw power from the grid during ‘off-peak’ period and store it for use later when the grid has moved to peak. Hence speculation that they are going to majorly disrupt the energy market, even without solar panels. This all sounded pretty great only last year when we first wrote about solar storage. At the time, it seemed the technology was only just peeking over the horizon.

Energy companies were fighting fiercely to have both large and small scale Renewable Energy Targets either cut or abolished. Now, however, the situation seems to have completely reversed with the unexpectedly rapid improvement in the technology and its economic viability. And the power companies have switched tacks and are looking for a slice of the action, launching their own solar battery offerings. Solar is unlikely to lose government support either, at least in the medium term. For instance, the Labor Party promising a 50 per cent renewable energy target by 2030 if they win government. In the meantime, there’s no shortage of hyperbole surrounding hybrid solar. Analysts are likening the change the technology will bring to the energy industry to that which the mobile phone brought to telecommunications. It’s “the biggest change in their industry in more than a century”, according to Giles Parkinson from Renew Economy, a “complete gamechanger” for Bloomberg energy finance analyst Kobad Bhavnagri. The Clean Energy Council has concluded that ‘embedded generation’ like solar PV will soon become the primary source of power to households, with grid-supplied power becoming a “a safety net supplier of last resort”.

PAYBACK TIME: IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY Of course the headline factor is that the price is coming down, faster than expected, and even quicker than PV has managed to do in recent years. The payback period on solar and battery installation was estimated by investment bank Morgan Stanley to be about nine years in Queensland, 16 years in NSW, and up to 38 years in Victoria. That was mid-2015 and didn’t take into account the following Tesla announcement. By May this year, US billionaire Elon Musk had launched the lithium-ion battery called the Tesla Powerwall which is expected to sell in Australia next year for about $5,500, potentially providing a payback period of six years, according to UBS Bank.

The Large Scale Battery from Redflow, 20 foot unit pictured, delivers up to 660kWh and is suitable for larger building applications. Currently available in DC batteries only – they do not include any AC power electronics, or an inverter which is required to directly interface with most building loads, grid.


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Musk’s brand Tesla tells a compelling story and it’s having an impact in Australia, which the company expects to become one of its biggest markets. They say their disruption to pricing is possible because Tesla has spread its research and development costs over a much longer period than its competitors. By numerous reports, battery storage prices are already falling in anticipation of the Tesla product release. Paul Hutt from Sydney’s Brightside Solar & Electrical confirmed they have had both an increased interest from clients for the hybrid systems, as well as more competitive prices from existing system suppliers. The price of the Legato storage system being offered by AGL dropped by a third in the first six months of 2015 according to website RenewEconomy, which was put down to the impending arrival of the Powerwall.

develop a suite of products to cater to a range of home and business sizes and types. Meanwhile, the other two big energy providers are also expected to follow suit. Origin is trialling residential battery storage products. And there’s been speculation that EnergyAustralia’s looking at a package in partnership with Tesla’s Powerwall. Contrary to what some currently believe, AGL claims battery storage will remain an early adopter product for the next couple of years, mainly because of the high payback time for

ANALYSTS ARE LIKENING THE CHANGE TO THAT WHICH THE MOBILE PHONE BROUGHT TO TELECOMMUNICATIONS.

In recent months, the ABC and others have widely reported that the Powerwall battery could be delivered and installed at around $1,100 per kWh of capacity compared to the current price of around $2,500 per kWh for comparable capacity units.

Braham Architects say batteries will be added to their 2015 Sustainability Awards finalist project, the Sanwell Ofice Building, WA, in the future as technology improves to complement their array of 30kW photovoltaic panels. Photography by Stephen Schneider.

It’s this massive price drop which is expected to drive rapid uptake.

WHY WE EXPECT TO SEE A SEA OF SOLAR PANELS ON OUR ROOFS AGL, known as the country’s biggest carbon emitter, now forecasts the household solar market could be worth $2 billion a year by 2030. With that view, it’s not surprising that they became the first energy retailer to launch a battery storage device into the Australian market. The 6 Kilowatt-hours (kWh) model, from Legato, released is suitable for mid-sized household solar units but AGL also plan to investing in the technology. To put those expectations into perspective, prior to the Powerwall announcement investment bank Morgan Stanley surveyed households and concluded that around 2.4 million households would take up the solar storage if the price was right. As of yet, there is scarce information projecting anticipated levels of demand of the technology for larger building applications like apartments and office buildings. Some contend there will be little interest from apartment dwellers with insufficient rooftop space. But then, there are also rapidly emerging development models which are looking to incorporate solar solutions and distribute the benefits to multi-tenanted buildings. As well as enticing new products with apps which promise users will save money and help the environment. Finally, there’s also speculation that other disrupters may join Tesla, with names like Google and Apple being mentioned. Watch this [refrigerator-sized*] space. *The typical household battery unit is the size of a refrigerator.

Environmental and cost benefits are also improving as complementary technology emerges, such as carbonTRACK, pictured. A 2015 Sustainability Awards finalist, the hardware, software, and communications technology ensures surplus power is stored efficiently and used economically using wifi and sophisticated algorithms matched to electrical load switching capabilities.


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HETHER FOR A RESIDENTIAL OR COMMERCIAL PROJECT, WHEN SELECTING A BATTERY, DESIGNERS FIRST NEED TO CONSIDER WHAT’S REQUIRED OF THE SYSTEM. A GENERAL RULE IS THAT YOU INSTALL A KW OF SOLAR PV FOR EVERY KWHR YOU WANT TO STORE, FOR EXAMPLE 10KW PV ARRAY FOR 10KWHR STORAGE. Battery type is also important and should be specified according to use. Lithium Ion batteries are light, compact, quick to charge and affordable but most won’t discharge to 100 per cent or perform as many full battery discharges as hybrid ion or zinc-bromide batteries. Other key considerations include: Peak Draw: The highest amount of power you expect to draw at any one time Storage Capacity: The amount of electricity you need for overnight use and the capacity you need to power your building for full days where no solar energy is coming in Battery Lifespan: There are a lot of battery technologies available on the market with massive differences in performance and price

TESLA POWERWALL 1 Peak draw: 7 kW Capacity: 7 kWh (daily cycle) Lifespan: 10 years The much anticipated Tesla Powerwall begins shipping to Australia in late 2015. It comes in 10 kWh weekly cycle (backup) and 7 kWh daily cycle models, both guaranteed for ten years and sufficient to power most homes during peak evening hours. Multiple batteries may be installed together for homes with greater energy need, up to 90 kWh total for the 10 kWh battery and 63 kWh total for the 7 kWh battery.

POWERLEGATO 7200/4800/2400 2 Peak Output: 4.5 kW Capacity: 7.2/4.8/24 kWh Lifespan: Unknown The PowerLegato commercial and home energy storage system is available in 7.2, 4.8 and 2.4 kWh models. The PowerLegato’s 48v lithium-ion batteries are made in Japan and feature over current, over temperature, over voltage and undervoltage protection which prolongs their battery life. It comes with an inbuilt inverter – so you can plug your panels (although only certain panels) direct into the unit.

REDFLOW ZBM 3 Peak: 8-11 kW Capacity: 3-5 kWh Lifespan: indefinite life fully discharged ZBM stands for Zinc-bromide Battery Module and is a type of ‘flow’ battery (there are other chemistries out there also, such as vanadium), they “undergo a great deal less electrode damage than lead-acid batteries” and have a guaranteed indefinite life. The ZBMs come in three models, or alternatively can be used in conjunction in a plug-and-play storage system delivered in a 10 or 20ft container. They are an option for commercial projects and can reach high peak loads.

SAMSUNG ESS 3.6KWHR | 5KW ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM 4 Peak Output: 5.0 kW Capacity: 3.6 kWh Lifespan: 10 years, 6,000 battery cycles Samsung’s entrance into the energy storage foray is a unit capable of inverting 5kW of solar PV into 3.6kWhr of batteries. Samsung also offer a 5.8kWhr standalone battery pack to further expand the system thereby offering better storage options for the domestic market.

SUNNY BOY 3600 / 5000 SMART ENERGY 5 Peak Output: 2 kW Capacity: 2 kWh Lifespan: 4,100 battery cycles The Sunny Boy Smart Energy is an easy solution for typical residential PV applications. It combines a modern PV inverter and a battery with an effective capacity of 2 kWh and is the first wall-mountable, series-produced PV inverter to feature an integrated lithium-ion battery. Additionally, the integrated Webconnect function provides worldwide access to consumption and yield data via Sunny Portal.


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SONY FORTELION LITHIUM BATTERY MODULES 7 Peak: 2.5 kW Storage Capacity: 1.2 kWh Lifespan: 20 years Sony’s olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate batteries will have a long useful life of 20 years when charged/ discharged once daily at room temperature (23°C), thanks to their inherent properties. In addition, Sony proudly explain they’ve achieved a long-lasting charge/discharge cycle that does not depend on depth of discharge.

SCHNEIDER ELECTRIC CONEXT SW HYBRID SYSTEM 6 Peak Output: 8.5kW Peak Capacity: 12.6 kWhr Lifespan: at 60% DOD about 3,000 cycles The base unit described is available in Australia features an XW 8548E inverter which is capable of putting out 6kW of continuous power with 8.5kW for 30 minutes or 12kW for 60 seconds. This makes the unit ideal for powering a large home, or can even cater for commercial applications.

BOSCH BPT-S 5 HYBRID

ENPHASE PLUG-AND-PLAY UNITS

8 Peak: 5 kW Storage: 13.2 kWh Lifespan: 7,000 discharge cycles

9 Storage Capacity: 1.2 kWh (per unit) Lifespan: 10 years

Bosch’s BPT-S product is marketed on its quick charge and high storage capacity. It can charge in an hour of full sunshine and its largest model has a 13.2 kWh storage capacity. They also claim that it has a service life of at least 25 years.

Launching into Australia in 2016 and pitched as another revolutionary disruptive force, Enphase plug-and-play AC battery storage units are designed to be easily installed and modular, such that the total battery storage capacity for the site can be increased incrementally after the initial installation. They’re suitable for both residential and commercial applications.


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BRICK BRISE-SOLEIL: NINE PERFORATED BRICK FACADES LIGHTING UP AUSTRALIAN BUILDINGS [WORDS] NATHAN JOHNSON

WHETHER IT’S FOR AESTHETIC PURPOSES OR TO CONTROL THE QUALITY OF LIGHT AND GLARE PENETRATING A BUILDING, PERFORATED BRICKWORK PATTERNS HAVE BEEN USED EXTENSIVELY ON AUSTRALIAN FAÇADES THROUGHOUT HISTORY AND CONTINUE TO BE SPECIFIED ALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY. While less practical in load bearing situations, perforated brick facades provide privacy and controlled light and can be an inexpensive way to break-up a monolithic building. Below are nine examples where Australian architects have used the ancient building material to create unique, distinctive and pragmatic perforated patterns for their building’s façade.

JEWEL HOUSE BY KAREN ABERNETHY ARCHITECTS 1 Location: Victoria Completed: 2013 Photography: Scottie Cameron Bricks: Reused Karen Abernethy Architects used recycled bricks, including rounded brick corners and bird smouth details, as the external skin for the new, elegant, triangulated form. The bricks also form a lattice screen to part shade the home’s west facing glass.


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AM60 BY DONOVAN HILL 2 Location: Brisbane, Queensland Completed: 2009 Bricks: Bowral, Charolais Cream The perforated brick section of the well-known AM60 building is really only a small portion of the Donovan Hill-designed commercial tower. The pixelated brickwork pattern forms a brisesoleil for the interior coperate offices and also articulates the new glazed tower with the older buildings on the street front.

THREE PARTS HOUSE BY EAT ARCHITECTS

ROWLOCK BY BUREAU^PROBERTS

3 Location: Melbourne, Victoria Completed: 2013 Photography: Earl Carter, James Coombe Bricks: Austral Bricks, Ultra Smooth brick in ‘Fusion’

4 Location: Brisbane, Queensland Completed: 2013 Bricks: PGH Bricks & Pavers, Alpine

EAT Architects used the typical red brick in an interesting way by turning the ten-core holed brick on its side to expose their pattern and to form a perforated façade element. The perforations provide light for the interior staircase.

The Rowlock development at Nundah draws heavily on the pre-war Californian Bungalow style of the existing house, which finishes include rendered walls painted in off-white or cream, tapered columns, and decorative brickwork. The brick screen on the new townhouses has the dual purpose of creating a sense of identity for the townhouses and providing maintenance free protection from the western sun.


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APERTURE HOUSE BY COX RAYNER + TWOFOLD STUDIO

UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST RESOURCES BUILDING BY DEICKE RICHARDS

5 Location: Highgate Hill, Queensland Completed: 2014 Photography: Christopher Frederick-Jones Bricks: Bowral, 50 Bricks in Simmental Silver

6 Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland Completed: 2014 Bricks: Austral Masonry, Bonded Pier blocks (Standard Grey) & Split Face blocks (Pewter)

A former Think Brick Award Winner, there is more to Aperture House than just its small section of honeycombed brickwork however the perforated wall does add depth of field to this immensely interesting house. The architects also chose to use open perpends in the brickwork in smaller, less noticeable sections of the home.

The concrete block screen at the USC Resources Building provides a physical marker and overlooks a key entry point into the USC campus. Natural light and ventilation encourages occupants to use the screened circulation stair rather than the mechanical lift. Light conditions and shadow play changes within the stair across the day, making it a pleasurable experience.

19 JAMES STREET BY RICHARDS & SPENCE 7 Location: Fortitude Valley, Queensland Completed: 2012 Photography: Alice Taylor Bricks: Bowral, Charolais Cream The ‘hit and miss’ brick pattern of the upper floor of this Brisbane shopping centre provides sun screening and filtered views for the level one commercial tenants. The colour and pattern of the bricks, ‘Charolais Cream’ in stacked bond pattern, also speaks to the surrounding architecture of the street.


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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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BRICKS & PAVERS 6 ON SIXTH BY TRIDENTE 8 Location: Bowden, South Australia Completed: 2014 Photography: Simon Cecere Bricks: The Red Bricks Company (recycled) & Austral Hovering over the entry voids to Sixth Street, the enveloping brickwork is perceived as one element, unifying the six houses into one form. It provides a practical solar screening device to manage the micro environmental conditions of each dwelling whilst providing a level of privacy to the housing occupants and a mechanism for discreet passive surveillance.

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ST. SEBASTIAN’S PRIMARY SCHOOL BY ELIZABETH WATSON BROWN ARCHITECTS & ARCHITECTUS 9 Location: Brisbane, Queensland Completed: 2014 Photography: Christopher Frederick-Jones Bricks: Austral Bricks, Precision range, Red & Brown The prime northerly orientation of the new wings at St. Sebastian’s Primary School are single depth naturally cross ventilated spaces created by the perforated brick walls which also screen a myriad of comfortable spaces.


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FLOORING

WHERE RUBBER RULES: FLOORING IN HIGH VOLUME TRAFFIC AREAS [WORDS] NATHAN JOHNSON

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HERE ARE A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS SPECIFIERS SHOULD ASK BEFORE SELECTING A FLOORING PRODUCT FOR SPACES SUBJECT TO HIGH FOOT TRAFFIC, PARTICULARLY ON THE POINTS OF SLIP-RESISTANCE, LONGEVITY AND MAINTENANCE. As always, the specification process should include a cost analysis of different flooring options but it has also evolved of late to consider the environmental impact of the flooring materials in question.

One option, particularly for use in hospitals, sporting halls and transport hubs, is rubber flooring, which has a good performance track record but has, in the past, received scrutiny about its sustainability credentials, initial capital cost and aesthetic variety. Thankfully international manufacturers of rubber flooring are innovating and developing products that match or better the performance of other popular options such as vinyl, linoleum and carpet. Here are a few questions to consider before specifying:

REGUPOL’S EVERROLL CORE CONSISTS OF 80 PER CENT RECYCLED TYRE RUBBER AND 20 PER CENT POSTCONSUMER EPDM BOUND WITH A POLYURETHANE BINDER. IT HAS MINIMAL VOC LEVELS, DOESN’T HAVE A STRONG RUBBER SMELL LIKE OTHER SUPPLIERS AND IS GECA CERTIFIED.


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FLOORING AM I GOING TO SLIP? Slips and falls lead to thousands of injuries in Australia every year and, unsurprisingly, flooring surfaces are one of the major associated factors with these incidents. Choosing flooring products in high traffic areas that are slip-resistant is therefore paramount for the designer as it guarantees the safety of users and reduces the likelihood of litigation. Textured rubber flooring is highly slip resistant and most suppliers on the market offer products that exceed the Australian Standards for slip ratings in public buildings for both new (AS 4586) and existing (AS 4663) surfaces.

HOW LONG WILL IT LAST? Considered by some as more important than a product’s slip resistance rating and surface quality is its ability to maintain it. Rubber is an incredibly enduring material and most suppliers offer long warranties on their products. In general, rubber floors with a high amount of synthetic content are more enduring than those with high natural rubber content but they are less environmentally friendly.

PROVIDING DURABILITY, FLEXIBILITY, SAFETY AND SLIP RESISTANCE, NEOFLEX RUBBER FLOORING FROM REPHOUSE AUSTRALIA IS A GREAT SOLUTION FOR INDOOR AND OUTDOOR COMMERCIAL FLOORING APPLICATIONS.

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FLOORING HOW DO I MAINTAIN IT? Rubber flooring can be very easy to take care of and, in some instances, doesn’t need to be waxed or sealed. Synthetic flooring is generally more stain resistant than natural rubber while recycled rubber is not as suitable for kitchens, laundry rooms, or garages, as it may be subject to staining from grease, petroleum, fats, and detergents. Rubber flooring is also a very hygienic product as it is dense and can be laid up walls. This reduces joints in the floor where dirt and bacteria can deposit or form and also makes it easy to clean. A conundrum often faced by specifiers is whether to choose the no-wax synthetic flooring option, which can be cleaned with a simple mop and a mild pH-neutral cleaning product, or to specify the environmentally friendly natural or recycled rubber that could need stripping and rewaxing later in the maintenance cycle. Artigo’s Granito range for example, which is available in Australia from Nova Products Global and Spectrum Floors, is ideal for most areas as it is manufactured from synthetic rubber and has a

non-porous, matte and waterproof surface. It can also be specified with a special surface treatment that protects the surface, improves performance, reduces the need for cleaning and maintenance, and requires no further waxing or polishing. No-wax products are particularly attractive for hospital projects because it enables them to function 24 hours a day without interruption or air contamination by harsh strippers and waxes. As Dr. Greg Norris of the Harvard School of Public Health has reported, “The amount of VOCs emitted from a single waxing of a floor is comparable to the amount of VOCs emitted from the flooring itself over its entire lifetime!”

KNOW YOUR REQUIREMENTS: HB 198:2014 Australian Standards HB 198:2014 ‘Guide to the specification and testing of slip resistance of pedestrian surfaces’ sets out the parts of the Building Code of Australia (BCA) that require slip ratings in certain circumstances and also outlines guidance as to what the general consensus is for slip ratings in areas of public buildings where the BCA doesn’t apply.

SAAR FLOOR DIAMANT, SUPPLIED BY POLYFLOR AUSTRALIA IS A HEAVY CONTRACT, SYNTHETIC RUBBER SHEET WITH AN EMBOSSED SURFACE FINISH AND A MULTICOLOURED CHIP DECORATION.

GREAT FLOOR DESIGNS, SUPERIOR QUALITY Premium Floors has the largest stocked range of hard flooring in Australia as well as a full design service for non-standard requirements. Present in every mainland state of Australia, Premium Floors are national market leaders in Timber, Laminate, Cork and Bamboo flooring and offer the full package for all flooring sold. As the experts in their field and with a rich 34 year history of well supported, quality products in Australia, Premium Floors continue to develop their range and drive innovation into the Australian hard flooring market. Contact us at commercial@premiumfloors.com.au Phone number 03 9798 0808 www.premiumfloors.com.au, www.quick-step.com.au


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FLOORING HOW MUCH IS IT GOING TO COST?

IS IT SUSTAINABLE?

The initial cost of rubber flooring is high compared to vinyl and linoleum however there are studies that show rubber flooring life cycle costs are substantially lower than vinyl, linoleum and carpet. Two separate studies, conducted by The Global Development and Environment Institute in 2003 and American architect Suzanne Barnes in 1999, show that rubber costs less to maintain per year, has a longer lifecycle and will actually cost less than vinyl, linoleum and carpet over a 20 year lifecycle.

The ecological impact of rubber flooring is directly related to the type of rubber that is used as well as the manufacturer’s level of commitment to sustainability from sourcing materials to delivering the product. This commitment is generally, but not always, recognised by third party green product assessors such as EcoSpecifier and Good Environmental Choice Australia, and designers looking to buy green should ask to view a product’s accreditations before specifying. SYNTHETIC

Synthetic rubber is made from petroleum, a non-renewable resource. However, the processes used to manufacture synthetic rubber can be energy efficient and have a low impact on the environment. Although synthetic rubber floors are made with a finite resource they are more durable than natural rubber and have a longer life cycle. Their embodied energy is also slightly improved by the fact that they can be recycled at the end of their final use.

95% OF DALSOUPLE PRODUCTS, AVAILABLE FROM IRUBBER IN AUSTRALIA, CAN BE MADE IN THE COMPANY’S DALNATUREL NATURAL RUBBER WHICH COMPRISES OVER 90% NATURAL INGREDIENTS, WITH ALL THE RUBBER CONTENT OF THE PRODUCT BEING NATURAL.

rubber flooring suppliers to prove that the entirety of their product comes from sustainable sources. RECYCLED

According to flooring expert Joseph Lewitin, recycled rubber floors are the most environmentally friendly. They are generally manufactured using rubber found in old car tires and most suppliers can offer products that will not emit vinyl chloride, plasticizers, asbestos, or CFCs and have no PVCs . The process of manufacturing is low cost, and requires less energy than is used in the creation of most other resilient floors however they are not always appropriate for all specifications as they are subject to staining from grease, petroleum, fats, and detergents.

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Manufactured from the sap (latex) found in para rubber trees, natural rubber floors are generally made completely from renewable resources. Rubber trees last until they are about 30 years old before they are chopped down for fuel and then replaced by new trees. Because natural rubber is made from a small number of materials, it is easier for

• Regupol

PRESTIGE OAK FLOORING Made from the finest French Oak, this is a timeless masterpiece to complement any interior. If you love the look of oak then Prestige Oak Flooring is the natural choice, sharing the unrivalled beauty and character of traditional European Engineered Oaks with durability and strength. Prestige Oak Flooring is the preferred choice in leading architects and designers. Stunning extra wide boards with exceptional decors in modern and industrial colours. With its Lifetime Structural warranty, Prestige Oak Flooring by Preference Floors ensures lifetime enjoyment.

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WE ARE NOT FOOLPROOF: DESIGNING TO ASSIST WITH ACCESSIBILITY [WORDS] DEBORAH SINGERMAN

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E ARE NOT FOOLPROOF. GETTING FROM A TO B IS SLOWER WITH EACH OF OUR PASSING YEARS AND WITH AN AGEING POPULATION DESIGN AND PRODUCT NEEDS FOR ACCESS AND MOBILITY WILL ONLY GROW. Hospitals and aged-care facilities increasingly must recognise that “patient-centred healing environments that integrate design and technology can lower stress, improve recovery rates and increase mobility”, says Elizabeth Grigg, principal of multi-disciplined Tectura Architects. The design framework (salutogenic) for the practice’s aged and health care projects focuses on human health and wellbeing rather than disease. Wider corridors, ease-ofmovement door widths especially for bathrooms, and easier-to-use furniture, fixtures and fittings are ways to promote mobility. Natural light, music, nature (interaction via larger and lowered patient room windows), art and civic spaces that blur the boundary between traditional hospital settings and community interaction are also important, Grigg said. Tectura has used different coloured floor finishes for wayfinding, such as InterfaceFLOR Carpet Tiles at the new Teaching and Learning Centre for the Northern Melbourne Institute (NMIT) of TAFE at Preston. External colour can also create a façade with strong street presence as at Wantirna Health, where the education centre’s hand-painted, multi-coloured precast external walls direct vehicles from the highway and passengers from the bus stop. Lighting too is important, not only for better access “but even for general safety and wellbeing”, says Independent Living Centre access consultant Queenie Tran. There are a lot more products, such as signage buttons, incorporating glow-inthe-dark features, or illumination using LED lights, helping luminance contrasting even in low lighting, she says, citing Sydney trains as an everyday example. Vertical access within restricted spaces is still a challenge for architects, builders and developers, Tran says. The EasyStep or

Sesame Lift stairways transform into a platform lift to allow wheelchair access, and have been used in commercial and heritage buildings and retrofits. Rather than rely on solutions such as ergonomic chairs for accessibility in the workplace, Tran prefers flexible workspaces and areas like communal kitchens with height adjustable products (either automatic or manual), the height adjustable cupboards or workbenches and worktables of the Indivo kitchen units from Pressalit allowing for people’s different reach ranges and comfortable working positions. Directing day-to-day connections to a smart home system, says Tran, such as Clipsal C Bus Home

Automation, mean that “anyone can control” and operate lighting and electrical services. She argues for them to be considered as a general accessible design feature for any home and not just as a luxury. In this regard, one important factor is to improve interfaces so that they will work for older people, Associate Professor of Industrial Design Thea Blackler, from the School of Design at QUT, said in Choice magazine. Giving individuals more mobility, access and independence can take many forms. It is now easier to install ceiling hoists without needing major structural changes to the house, says Tran. The Ergolet Luna Overhead Hoist, for instance, has a fairly compact design and

installation method while its E track can be fitted to most types of wall and can cover a room with capacity to carry up to 275 kg. Grigg also notes anti-gravity harnesses that hang from ceilings, such as the pendant lifting Drager Integrated Patient Lifting Solution; sit-stand design furniture; and whiteboard walls, using Dulux Professional Dry Erase Clear Coat Gloss 1st Coat that turns smooth painted surfaces into an erasable (and reachable) canvas for office, schools or home. But a word of warning, Tran fears that these products, “quite innovative for increasing accessibility”, are “also undervalued by architects, designers, builders and developers”.

TEN PRODUCTS PERFECT FOR AGED CARE FACILITIES

ALTRO SAFETY FLOORING 1

Altro Aquarius safety flooring (pictured opposite) provides optimum slip resistance in wet and dry environments. The flooring is suitable for bare feet and any type of shoe. The Altro Aquarius’s vibrant colour palette, developed in consultation with dementia experts, has contemporary or traditional design schemes, and offers homely, soft and healing colours in chipped and non-chipped options, for care homes and hospitals.


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AGED CARE & ACCESS AVENTOS LIFT SYSTEMS 3

Blum’s Aventos lift systems use a soft-close technology for the easy movement of mid and high wall cabinets and units. Even large and heavy lift systems can be opened easily, making cabinets and cupboard interiors accessible at all times. When combined with the Servo-Drive electric motion support system, the Aventos lift systems and pull-outs of all sizes open and close with a single touch.

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Knauf’s TruRock multi-functional plasterboard system has impact, water, mould and fire resistance as well as sound insulating properties. These internal wall linings are well suited for aged care facilities. Made from heavy duty paper, TruRock HD has a continuous fiberglass mesh embedded in the high density core limiting damage even under large impact forces.

These walls are on call to perform

Kradal Floor Tiles from Charles Parsons help prevent injuries from falls. Using a patented polyurethane technology, their soft, attractive floor surface is safe and resilient for high traffic areas. Each tile is made up of thousands of micro-spheres that cushion impact, are durable, provide protection from falls and are suitable for commercial and residential installation.

TruRock & TruRock HD The perfect all round plasterboard, TruRock incorporates impact, water and fire resistance as well as sound insulating properties. Durable and easy to handle TruRock is economical and ideal for multi-purpose applications. TruRock HD has the added benefits of mould resistance and enhanced impact performance. In addition to its heavy duty paper, TruRock HD has a continuous fibreglass mesh embedded in the high density core limiting damage even under large impact forces. A perfect fit for hospitals, schools and other demanding public or community spaces.

Create smart spaces with Knauf Call us on 1300 724 505 or visit knaufplasterboard.com.au/trurock


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AGED CARE & ACCESS LEGRAND ANTIMICROBIAL TECHNOLOGY 6

Legrand has launched its Excel Life Medical Range with antimicrobial technology that enables healthcare facilities to reduce the risk of cross-contamination. The new wiring devices and electrical accessories are constructed with silver ions said to deliver a kill rate of up to 99 per cent against common hospital bacteria.

BORAL PARTITIONS 5

Over 30,000sqm of USG Boral’s patented Fiberock was recently used for wall linings and partitions at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI). Other projects using this multi-functional, sustainable, water, fire, mould and impact resistant material, with acoustic qualities, include Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Gold Coast University Hospital and Midland Hospital Perth.

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Gyprock EC08 Complete, now with reCore™ technology, is approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice® program as a better plasterboard choice for people with asthma and allergies. EC08 Complete is low VOC and achieves the best possible score in the ASTM G-21 test for mould growth. This plasterboard is also fire and acoustic rated, moisture and impact resistant with GECA accreditation. If your project calls for Sensitive Choice, specify Gyprock EC08 Complete.

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These cutting edge drainage solutions deliver level-plane, zero stepdown drainage for indoor and outdoor applications tailored for the aged care industry. The linear drainage conforms to AS1428 (access and mobility codes). It is specially designed to eliminate the constraints of traditional centralised drainage systems and meets the looks and requirements of open-plan designs.


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AGED CARE & ACCESS ENWARE SMART TOILET 8

Enware’s Care600 smart toilet is a user friendly and compliant class 9C residential ensuite for room dimensions to 1.8 x 2.2 metres, and is designed by ThomsonAdsett, Victoria. It has an integrated cistern backrest, an easy-to-grasp support arm system with a nurse call button, stainless steel hinges and seat stability, flexible design features for mobility changes, and easy access for shower commode chair of the toilet and under basin. Widely tested for aged care beds in Australia, it has space either side of the toilet for staff, and the suite is fully glazed to minimise bacteria growth.

GYPROCK PLASTERBOARD 9

Gyprock says its EC08 Complete is Australia’s first environmental plasterboard with mould resistance and is ideal for specialised healthcare, aged care and child care construction. This low volatile organic compound board is manufactured to AS2588 Gypsum Plasterboard and with Gyprock’s high recycled reCore technology. Gyprock EC08 was the first Australian-made plasterboard to be certified by Good Environmental Choice Australia and has been approved by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice program.

CAROMA WALL BASIN 10 Caroma’s Care 500 Wall Basin is designed to meet Type C hospital requirements for non-clinical basins. Ideal for general hand-washing for staff, patient and public amenities, its landing projections from basin waste and tapware minimises potential splashing from water flowing directly into the basin, helping infection and hygiene management. Its tamper-resistant fittings increase security for institutional applications.

Australia’s first electronic touch free point of use thermostatic mixer designed to improve hygiene and user safety, ensures dead leg free supply lines minimising bacterial growth

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ELEGANT DRAINAGE DESIGN MEETS ECO-FRIENDLY TECHNOLOGY

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property: consistent and managed water flow mitigates the absorption of material debris and pollutants that can be directly transmitted into stormwater channels. High-quality and durable drainage design – incorporating non-toxic and noncorrosive components – will also ensure that drainage systems do not leach harmful chemicals into the water table. A GreenTagTM stamp ensures your drainage solution meets not only the highest standards in workmanship, but a commitment to maximising the quality of water discharged to our waterways. The only product certification body approved by the Green Building Council of Australia, GreenTagTM remains the most respected third-party certification body for eco-friendly products. GreenTagTM certification positions a drainage solution at the top end of the green market, combining the highest standards in design and manufacture with sound ecological credentials.

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Western Business Accelerator and Centre for Excellence by Six Degrees Architects

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Work with the leader in sustainability Our species – Western Red Cedar and Hemlock – are not only stunning but smart and sustainable for panelling, cladding and screening.

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AM-BOSS Access Ladders Pty Ltd provides superior customer service through the manufacture, supply and installation of quality products. The company’s philosophy of providing consistent product quality and adhering to agreed customer service levels, has resulted in its continuing success, and helped establish AM-BOSS as a leader in the commercial, industrial and domestic industries. AM-BOSS Access Ladders Pty Ltd is totally committed to understanding and meeting the quality needs and expectations of all our customers.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASES GEZE DOOR TECHNOLOGY FROM HÄFELE ‘FLEXIBILITY FIT FOR THE FUTURE’ Delivering a project that’s outstanding in creativity and finish can be a calling card for any business.

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WIDE-SPAN CURVED ROOFING UP TO 40 METRES WIDE An innovative construction company has developed Australia’s widest selfsupporting curved roofing panel.

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GREEN STAR BICYCLE PARKING MADE EASY CURVES CREATE SPACES THAT INSPIRE Curved walls and ceilings soften the space, make the interior flow and aesthetically pleasing to both the eye and the heart. Research shows that curves are more attractive! Creating curved interiors can be challenging as every situation is unique. Avoiding kinks, cracking and segmentation while keeping within the budget requires in-depth knowledge and experience.

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The 9th Annual Sustainability Awards will once again recognise those at the absolute forefront of sustainable building and product design in Australia. Eleven awards and a host of keynote speeches will mark the ultimate celebration of sustainability in Australia’s built environment.

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