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EDITOR’S LETTER

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ERE WE ARE AT THE LAST EDITION OF THE YEAR. IT’S BEEN AN EVENTFUL ONE FOR THE BUILDING DESIGN INDUSTRY BUT IF I HAD TO CHOOSE A SIGNATURE THEME FOR 2015, IT WOULD BE THE YEAR OF GLOBALISATION. What do I mean? Well, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Steve Evans from Leffler Simes Architects pop up on your TV in recent times, talking about the great opportunities to do building design business in Asia. If you haven’t seen the advertising I’m talking about, the government has sponsored a major national publicity campaign promoting the benefits of the three separate Free Trade Export Agreements between Australia and Korea, Japan and China. In the architectural sector, they’re particularly keen to promote the opportunities for Australian businesses in China. Leffler Simes – perhaps best known for their prowess with bulky goods retail projects for the likes of Ikea and Harvey Norman - have become something of a poster child for the campaign. The Sydney and Melbournebased practice is one of several from Australia who have been making serious inroads in China over recent years. There are of course the high profile examples like the PTW-designed Water Cube aquatic centre, one of the stars in the Beijing Olympics. And 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

the large practices like Woods Bagot and Hassell with offices in Asia. What’s become evident is that small and medium sized firms are able to establish themselves in these huge Asian markets. CK Designworks has done it China. Leffler Simes too. But the extent of the work they could carry out there has been quite limited. Until now. The new China Australia Free Trade Agreement – or ChAFTA, as some call it – means wholly foreign-owned Australian companies can undertake a range of defined projects anywhere in the country. And if they have a base in the special Shanghai Free Trade Zones, they will have a chance to undertake the really big, high value projects. Leffler Simes, for example, now goes from offering conceptual design to delivering full service architecture work. On the other side of the coin, however, there are risks involved in the FTAs. Many industry players are warning it could exacerbate the problem of non-compliant building products entering the country, including everything from glass and steel to manufactured wood, windows and imitation electrical goods. As we’ve reported throughout the year, the costly and dangerous problems are a huge and growing concern for those responsible for the quality of Australian buildings. As we go to print, the industry is eagerly awaiting the senate inquiry into non-conforming building products, due to report by 3 December 2015.

DAVID WHEELDON

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20 The attraction of retractable roofs and opening spaces

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AIR CONDITIONING & VENTILATION

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WMK Architecture’s cool natural ventilation strategy

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SUSTAINABILITY

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Experts convene in Sydney to discuss future of environmentally sustainable design

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NEWS WORKPLACE RESEARCH RETHINKS DESIGN STANDARDS AND CODES IN AUSTRALIA Hassell and Arup have released new research which suggests rethinking the current building codes that impact how we arrange work spaces. The two leading architecture and design practices teamed up to deliver the research project, ‘Cracking the Capacity Code: Rethinking building occupancy in a new era of work’. The researchers say exploring the issues which they identified could unlock new forms of value in workplaces. “We’re experiencing denser office working environments and organisations that have adopted flexible working are potentially at risk of exceeding current building regulations and certifications,” said Dr Agustin Chevez, Senior Researcher at Hassell. “The potential of contemporary offices could be increased by rethinking the way buildings are currently arranged.” The paper concludes it is a problem that the National Construction Code (NCC) of Australia’s definition of an office and its nominated density have not changed since first introduced in 1990.

HASSELL’S NEWLY COMPLETED MEDIBANK PLACE IN MELBOURNE. PHOTOGRAPHY BY EARL CARTER

“This is a problem because it fails to acknowledge the intervening changes in technology and work practices which, amongst other changes, have created denser environments. As such, contemporary office buildings, especially those that have adopted flexible working practices, are not only being limited in their potential,

but are at a high risk of exceeding their design capacity,” it says. “Our research suggests that efforts should not focus on nominating a higher density, but on developing a framework that better reflects the nature of occupancy in contemporary work environments.”

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DEARTH OF CLEAR INFORMATION ON BLAMED FOR SLUGGISH GROWTH O OF AUSTRALIA’S GREEN HOUSING A recent paper co-authored by PRDnationwide’s National Research Manager Dr Diaswati Mardiasmo suggests that an information gap is preventing Australians from actively participating in sustainable housing. Mardiasmo attributed the passive attitude towards sustainable housing from some Australians to the lack of clear information about the many features and their benefits. Despite the increased regulatory focus on sustainability practice, she explains that the delivery rate of sustainable housing is below expectations within the property market. According to Mardiasmo, this is due to the absence of engagement and initiative taken by stakeholders in adapting to sustainable housing practices. Mardiasmo suggests that key stakeholders such as developers, investors and buyers do not know where to start due to very limited data and research available in this field. She explained that the absence of adequate information on sustainable housing features,

Homeowners are also hesitant to add ‘green features’ and products to their establishments due to uncertainty about the features and their potential value to the home’s sale price. According to Mardiasmo, homes with specific sustainability-related features in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria have seen an average of 33 per cent increment in their sale price; however, information about this hidden economic benefit is not known to many people. She noted that available information about sustainable features consisted of a checklist without any dollar value attached. perceived unaffordability of the instalment process, and low awareness of potential benefits contributed to the sluggish demand for low and zero carbon homes in Australia. This information gap on the potential benefits of investing in sustainable housing has resulted in lack of buyer demand and supply chain investment towards the construction and purchase of sustainable housing.

“It’s not lack of information that’s the problem, it’s having a building code that does NOT demand a good performance from Australian buildings and is miles behind the codes in many European countries.”—Dr. Paul Downtown, Adelaide architect. “Time to get informed Australia - your houses don’t have to be expensive to run, draughty and cold in winter, hot and sticky in summer.”—Nick Hewson, Aecom.”


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AIR-CONDITIONING & VENTILATION

WMK ARCHITECTURE ADOPT INNOVATIVE MIXED-MODE VENTILATION STRATEGY AT SYDNEY HIGH SCHOOL

[WORDS] NATHAN JOHNSON [PHOTOGRAPHY] BRETT BOARDMAN

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MK ARCHITECTURE AND A TEAM OF CONSULTANTS HAVE MET AN AMBITIOUS CHALLENGE SET BY A SCHOOL PRINCIPAL TO REINVENT THE TRADITIONAL EDUCATION BUILDING DESIGN AND, IN THE PROCESS, CREATED A HIGHLY SOPHISTICATED MIXED-MODE BUILDING VENTILATION STRATEGY. Stephen Harris, principal of The Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) in Sydney, has led the vision for the school’s new building works since day dot, requesting from the very beginning that the architect’s concept for their new admin, science and student services building align with the school’s collaborative and innovative learning paradigm. WMK won the brief to deliver the new project as part of a design competition and have since completed the second stage of building works—a new state-of-the-art building with science rooms, student service facilities, a canteen and a new performance space, all serviced by a mixed-mode ventilation system. The building is set out in a sequence of multilevel pavilion buildings which sit beneath a 3,000sqm canopy structure that generates energy, harvests rainwater and cools the spaces below. It is serviced by a sophisticated mixed-mode ventilation system which uses a variety of cutting edge building products and adopts the latest in building automation technology.

The Natural Ventilation System (NVS) at NBCS automatically controls the thermal comfort of the building occupants by monitoring both internal and external conditions and adjusting mechanical air conditioning and operable windows to suit. The NVS provides natural ventilation to each of the building’s 10 Natural Ventilation Zones (NVZ) during favourable conditions but will call for mechanical heating or cooling as required when internal temperatures are above or below the predetermined set points.

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The operation of the system is determined by the external weather station in conjunction with the temperature sensors in each zone. Heating, cooling or natural ventilation modes are selected according to the external conditions and the conditions within each NVZ as referenced against identified set points. Each NVZ will operate independently of any other zone based on the following parameters:

OCCUPIED MODE

Security System is in occupied mode (NVS enabled)

EXTERNAL CONDITIONS

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INTERNAL CONDITIONS

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An EBSA Ecobus NVS controls and incorporates all internal sensors, weather station, wall switches, touch screens and programming logic for the building. Other than the Ecobus, the major building products at play in NBCS’s NVS include high-level Powerlouvres from Breezway, 170 automated thermally broken aluminium Capral Futureline awning and sash windows, and automated double glazed Schneider MP2 Louvres from EBSA. WMK chose to use a Variable Refrigerant Volume System from Aircool to provide relief when temperatures, humidity and wind levels are too extreme to have the windows open. Operated by the BMS, the system circulates the minimum amount of refrigerant needed at any one time and also enables individual climate control of each NVZ. All of the components are plugged into the Building Management System (BMS) which controls the mechanical heating / cooling within the various zones. The building also has a subterranean passive labyrinth which sits between rainwater storage tanks and tempers air before it moves up through the interior spaces. While mixed-mode ventilation systems are by no means new, the NBCS by WMK Architecture shows the system’s compatibility with new building automation and BMS technology. Due to its infancy, the NBCS building is yet to have a thorough long-term test on its efficiency and energy savings, however since the students moved into their new building all reports are that it is incredibly comfortable to work in. If nothing else WMK Architecture have provided a test bed for architects looking for an alternative ventilation strategy to mechanical or natural ventilation systems which can provide both high-levels of comfort for building occupants as well as a greener alternative to air conditioning.

“THE AIM OF THE NATURAL VENTILATION STRATEGY IS TO MAXIMISE THE USE OF THE NATURAL VENTILATION MODE AND MINIMISE RELIANCE ON MECHANICAL VENTILATION LCD SCREENS DISPLAY A GRAPHICAL REPRESENTATION OF THE WEATHER INFORMATION AND INDICATE IF THE CONDITIONS ARE RIGHT FOR THE AUTOMATED NATURAL VENTILATION SYSTEM TO OPERATE.” - JOHN ANDREAS, DIRECTOR, WMK ARCHITECTURE

ESD DIAGRAM BY WMK ARCHITECTURE


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MIXED-MODE VENTILATION: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO IMPLEMENT IT

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HILE TRADITIONAL MECHANICAL HEATING VENTILATION AND AIR CONDITIONING (HVAC) SYSTEMS ARE STILL WIDELY USED IN AUSTRALIA, CONTEMPORARY CONCERNS FOR IMPROVING THE ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE AND “LIVEABILITY” OF BUILDINGS HAS LED TO AN INCREASED INTEREST IN ALTERNATIVES SUCH AS NATURAL VENTILATION AND MIXED-MODE SYSTEMS. Major benefits of HVAC, particularly in deep plan and larger office buildings, is that they alleviate many of the problems associated with a naturally ventilated building such as noise, dust, insects, heavy winds, odours and uncomfortable temperatures. However, there are some studies suggesting that a mixed-mode ventilation system of HVAC and natural ventilation, in combination with good passive design, can provide sufficient indoor air quality to keep occupants happy while reducing their reliance on mechanical air treatment. Typically a mixed-mode system operates in either of two modes and is best used for a buildings’ perimeter spaces or for narrow planned buildings with good cross ventilation. The first is the

natural ventilation mode which uses fresh external air from operable windows or dampers to cool the internal spaces and relies predominantly on the stack effect for hot air to be expelled through high-level exhausts. The second is the mechanical mode and sees the windows closed and the HVAC switched on, and is used only when the external temperatures are too hot or too cold for natural ventilation, or when there are heavy winds or rain. Control of the operable windows can be manual or automatic and, in keeping with current trends in Australia towards automated buildings, we’re seeing more automated windows systems come to the market that are also compatible with Building Management Systems (BMS). Some window manufacturers offer built in automated systems that can be controlled by a BMS and that come with inputs for automated weather stations and sensors that detect smoke, rain,

hail, temperature, wind, time and smog. Others advertise that their products can be easily automated with add-on products like actuators and reed switches and can also incorporated into a BMS. These products render manual operation from building occupants—one of the most difficult-to-control influences on a building’s environmental impact—unnecessary, as the BMS detects when it is optimal to open and close windows, and to operate the HVAC. Some of the problems associated with the manually operation of a building’s HVAC and natural ventilation, like occupants leaving windows open with the HVAC on for example, can therefore be avoided with automated mixed-mode air-conditioning. Read on to see five new automated window systems and five new air conditioning systems that can used for mixed-mode ventilation:

THE CORSO IN BRISBANE BY PDT ARCHITECTS FEATURES A VARIETY OF AUTOMATED AWNING AND SASH WINDOWS, ALL CONTROLLED BY A CENTRAL BMS AND, UNLIKE MOST OPERABLE WINDOW SYSTEMS, ABLE TO MODULATE FROM 0-100% OPENING TO CONTROL THE INDOOR ENVIRONMENT ACCORDING TO WEATHER STATIONS AND INTERIOR SENSORS. IMAGE: EBSA


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AIR: REINVENTED Introducing AirVolution-D by MacroAir, the worlds most advanced High Volume Low Speed Fans. Blades up to 7.2 metres in diameter are propelled silently and intelligently by ultra-efficient DC motors. The simple genius of a MacroAir fan can be seen in the aerodynamic blade design driven by a sleek, gearless drive system. The result is outstanding performance with air movement of up to 9,800 cubic metres per minute for as little as 35 cents per hour in electricity costs*. These functionally elegant, minimalist design fans lower effective temperature as much as 6° Celsius by creating a gentle and efficient airflow in virtually any space. AirVolution-D is the perfect comfort solution where energy intensive air conditioning is simply not a viable option. To discover the full story on AirVolution-D, visit macroair.com.au or phone 1300 733 833

Š 2015 MacroAir Technologies, Inc. 1995 - 2015 All Rights Reserved. MacroAir fans are distributed in Australia and New Zealand by Pacific HVAC Engineering. 2/63 Wells Road, Chelsea Heights, Victoria, 3196. Phone: 1300 733 833. Email: info@pacifichvac.com. www.pacifichvac.com * Based on AirVolution-D model MA24XL7806 7.2m diameter fan operating at full speed with an electricity tariff of 22 cents per kW Hour.


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WINDOWS

COLTITE BY COLT INTERNATIONAL PTY LIMITED

TOPP AUTOMATED WINDOW SYSTEMS BY KINTROL PTY LTD

LOUVRE WINDOWS BY SAFETYLINE JALOUSIE

Most versions of Coltlite are classed as dual purpose ventilators, providing both day to day and smoke control ventilation. It can also be installed either for low level air inlet or for high level extract. Options include pneumatic, electronic or manual controls and a wide range of louvre types, accessories and finishes.

Kintrol Australia is the authorised Australian distributor of award winning TOPP automated window systems. Kintrol’s range includes everything from louvres to casement windows all of which can be synchronized to air conditioning, security units and fully home automation like BMS systems.

Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows are amongst the safest, strongest, widest, most functional and versatile louvre windows on the market. A unique design feature of Safetyline Jalousie louvre windows is that they pivot from the top rather than the centre, enabling the installation of internal insect screens.

SCHNEIDER LOUVRE LF550 BY EBSA

This louvre window system contains a pivoting aluminium window louvre system with concealed motor and mechanisms that can be fully integrated into the Business Management System and Fire Indicator Panel. These single glazed frameless louvre windows have an opening pivot of up to 90 degrees, which encourages natural ventilation into the building and when closed the windows are completely water tight with the high quality German manufactured mechanisms hidden in the mullion.

The all-new Economical ES40 Movidor High Speed Door is here.

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ALTAIR POWERLOUVRE AUTOMATED WINDOWS BY BREEZWAY

Widely used in the residential sector, Breezway’s Altair Powerlouvres incorporates a motor and gearbox concealed within the window frame or within the head section, resulting in an automated louvre window with no visible motors, rods or arms. Control is possible via wall switches, remote control systems, a Breezway app or integration into building management systems.


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AIR CONDITIONERS THE ICEBERG BY BRIVIS CLIMATE SYSTEMS

The Brivis Iceberg is an upgrade from the evaporative coolers of the past. The majority of the Brivis Iceberg is installed out-of-sight in your roof-space (so long as you have sufficient clearance in the roof space) and doesn’t require constant maintenance of the cooling pads and water chambers. Some other added bonuses to consider is that, unlike refrigerated cooling, the Iceberg won’t drum up a massive electricity bill if the doors and windows are left open during the day. THE SILENCEAIR BY SILENCEAIR INTERNATIONAL

The Silenceair building ventilation system allows you to open your home to natural fresh air, without the noise. The Silenceair wall vents are designed to fit into new or existing walls and offer an alternative to windows in facilitating fresh air ventilation into interior spaces. At the core of all Silenceair products are special arrangements of open-ended tubes called ‘acoustic attenuators’. These tubes allow air to pass freely, but channel and redirect sound waves in such a way that the waves cancel themselves out, significantly reducing the passage of noise through the ventilation passage. INVERTED DUCTED SYSTEMS BY TOSHIBA AIR CONDITIONING

Toshiba Air Conditioning Australia’s Inverter Ducted systems provide rapid heat and cool functions which increases power temporarily to achieve desired temperature before returning to normal power. On/off functions, temperature ranges and noise output can also be automated with Toshiba’s controller devices. BRAEMAR SUPERSTEALTH BY SEELEY INTERNATIONAL

The Braemar Superstealth is the latest evaporative cooler from Seeley International. It features a new automated pad and tank rinsing technology and a seasonal maintenance alert capability, which addresses two major issues associated with traditional evaporative cooling units. It also has a high efficiency axial inverter fan which offers the quietest cooling in the Braemar range. ESP PLATINUM PLUS BY ACTRON AIR

The ESP Platinum Plus received an AIRAH Award in 2014 for Excellence in Sustainability and is marketing on providing comfortable air conditioning with lower running costs. It uses Energy Smart Zoning and Variable Fan Technology to automatically adjust airflow to certain parts of the building and can be plugged into the BMS for remote on/off control.

AQUABLEND™ 1500 with Thermal Flush A major step forward in Legionella control Australian made TMV with Thermal Flush allowing a controlled hot water flush to pass through the TMV for maintenance and decontamination

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CONCRETE & ACCESSORIES

NEW COATINGS ON THE BLOCK: WHAT’S COOL AND WHO’S WHO IN CONCRETE SURFACE PROTECTION [WORDS] NATHAN JOHNSON

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HE MAJOR REASON FOR COATING CONCRETE IS TO STOP WATER CONTAMINANTS, SALTS AND CHEMICALS GETTING TO THE EMBEDDED REINFORCED STEEL AND CAUSING OXIDISATION, CONCRETE CANCER AND CRACKING. There is a massive range of concrete protection products available that fulfil these objectives to varying degrees and the major players, outside of the basic acrylic sealers, are epoxies, polyurethanes, polyureas and, more recently, polyurethane methacrylate (PUMA), and there are a host of companies in Australia that can offer versions of most. Generally speaking, epoxies are cheaper and have great resistance to chemicals, polyurethanes will flex with moving concrete and resist cracking, polyureas are quick drying, and PUMAs can be applied in extreme temperatures. While at times, specifying concrete coating products may seem arduous, incorrect specification is worse, and choosing the wrong coating can have horrible ramifications that are costly both in the immediate and long-term. Appropriately, concrete coating manufacturers will nearly always recommend you seek a coating specialist, usually one accredited to apply their product, before specifying and applying their product, particularly for use on concrete flooring. Sam O’Neill of Poly-Tech Industrial Services Australia, who supply and apply the whole spectrum of concrete coating products, says that the most important factor to consider before specifying a coating for a concrete surface is the environmental forces it will be subject to. “You need to ensure that the coating on the concrete is sufficient for its environment, so if you’re coating a floor with high-foot or forklift traffic you’ll need thicker builds and you might need to make it non-slip if it is to be walked on by the public,” he explains. “Protecting concrete from cleaning cycles and regimes is also another consideration if you’re in a food processing plant where health and safety of food is an issue because the coating will have to stand up to cleaning chemicals as well as other corrosive factors like blood, fats and oils etc.” From there, as O’Neill suggests, you should consider things such the product’s level of volatile organic compounds (VOC), the speed at which the concrete surface needs to be turned around for use and whether the surface needs to capable of being applied during extreme ambient and concrete temperatures. Here are few more factors to consider before selecting a concrete coating product:

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• Is it structurally sound, clean and free from curing components and laitance (a by-product of water in fresh concrete)?

• How fast do you need to turn the surface around? Some products can be walked on within hours, others need days before they are fully cured

• Has it been properly prepared in terms of levelling, patching and roughing? • Has it been adequately cured? Some coating products need concrete to cure for longer in order to adhere properly.

PERFORMANCE NEEDED • Will it be exposed to chemicals? Which chemicals? • Will it be exposed to temperature fluctuations, heat from cleaning processes or low temperatures (refrigerators and freezers)? • What impact will it be subject to: high foot traffic, forklift traffic or any traffic with steel wheels?

• How difficult is your space to coat? Some products are easy to use in tight spaces and around drains etc. while others are sprayed on, need a lot of careful masking to address overspray and will “curl up” if not properly adhered around drains, crevices etc. • Maintenance: will it need to be cleaned regularly with chemicals, will it need recoating regularly? • Cost Below are eleven products that are available to the Australian market and suitable for different applications. Most listed can be specified with non-slip, antibacterial or chemical-resistant additives.


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11 CONCRETE COATING PRODUCTS AND THEIR SUPPLIERS EPOXIES 1. PERAN SL BY FLOWCRETE

Peran SL is a colourful, smooth gloss self-smoothing epoxy resin floor finish ideal for retail environments. Standout benefits: • Attractive and colourful floor finish • Easy to clean and maintain. 2. EPIREZ 733 BY EPIREZ

A 100% solids ultra-high build epoxy-based coating, which provides excellent chemical and abrasion resistance to steel and concrete. Will cure underwater, making it ideal for applications subject to tidal conditions.

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Standout benefits: • Good chemical resistance • Excellent adhesion to wet or dry concrete

3. SURESHIELD BY NUPLEX

Sureshield is a polyester based industrial grade floor topping system specifically designed for the food industry. Standout benefits: • Will not support bacteria or fungal growth (contains a microbial growth retardant) • Excellent chemical, impact and abrasion resistance

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POLYURETHANES 4. UCRETE BY BASF

Ucrete uses a polyurethane resin technology that gives floors exceptional resistance to aggressive chemicals, extreme mechanical and thermal shock, providing a long-term, durable flooring solution. Standout benefits: • Exceptional resistance to aggressive chemicals, extreme mechanical and thermal shock • Unaffected until temperatures of 130 degrees Celsius (at 12mm thickness) 5. CONIROOF BY BASF

BASF Construction Chemicals’ polyurethane coatings provide waterproofing membranes to protect roofs. Standout benefits: • Ability to withstand the loads imposed by landscaping and green roofs • Seamless, monolithic waterproofing systems avoids weak spots caused by laps, welds or seams

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Sikafloor-21 PurCem is a three part, water-based, self-smoothing topping suitable for floors subject to abrasion, chemical exposure and other physical aggression. Standout benefits: • Excellent resistance to organic and inorganic acids, alkalis, fuel and hydraulic oil, aromatic and alephatic solvents • Durable and resistant to abrasion and impact


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7. HYCRETE BY HYCHEM

Hycrete PU-SL (m) is a polyurethane concrete product which is applied as a topping on concrete floors where difficult service conditions are the norm. Standout benefits: • Chemically resistant to acids, caustics, fats and cleaning solutions

POLYUREA 8. CHEMSPRAY 790 BY GRACE

Two-part, high-pressure spray applied, fast cure, hybrid polyurea waterproof membrane and protective coating. It provides a fast curing, high build, long-life protective coating to concrete on major civil, infrastructure and commercial construction projects. Standout benefits:

• Can be applied to 7 day old concrete

• Unlike rigid coating materials such as epoxies, vinyl ester etc, resists post application reflection cracking in concrete.

• Moisture tolerant and can be applied to a slightly damp surface

• Long-life – permanently flexible

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9. MATACRYL BY EQUUS AUSTRALIA

Equus Matacryl is a medium viscosity, urethane-modified, prereacted 100% solid membrane system based on acrylic monomers. 10. DECKPROOF BY HYCHEM

Hychem Deckproof is a methacrylate modified Polyurethane membrane. This provides the excellent crack bridging characteristics of Polyurethane with the rapid cure and good interlayer bonding of methacrylate. Standout benefits: • The methacrylate cure system also allows the membrane to be applied at temperatures down to -10°C. • The applied membrane has excellent waterproofing properties, withstands stress and substrate movement and is highly impact and puncture resistant.

Standout benefits: • Highly flexible with excellent crack-bridging characteristics even at extremely low temperatures (-20°C and below) • Can be applied over a wide range of ambient and substrate temperatures

11. HYCRYL BY HYCHEM

Hychem Hycryl is designed for use wherever epoxy and urethane cement flooring systems cannot be used due to insufficient cure period being available or the prevailing temperature being below the level where they cure satisfactorily. The chief advantage of methacrylates systems is their very fast return to service time and the ability to be applied below zero degrees. Standout benefits: • Low flammability, high odour and low resistance to solvents and hot fats • Good resistance to dilute organic and mineral acids


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ADVERTISING FEATURE – ROBERTSON’S BUILDING PRODUCTS

CHANGING DIRECTION – USING BRICKS

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HE FIRST HOUSE IN AUSTRALIA BUILT IN PETERSEN BRICKS HAS NOW BEEN COMPLETED, AND THE OWNERS HAVE MOVED IN. IT IS A VILLA IN MELBOURNE FACED WITH CHARCOAL GREY KOLUMBA. Ian and Nicola Minchin were discussing the exterior finishes with their architect Robert Simeoni. The Melbourne-based architect uses zinc for many of his houses. While zinc was something the Minchin’s were open to, they werenít quite convinced it was what they were after for their new home in South Yarra. The decision could have gone a number of ways, had it not been for a series of images of a new brick that was about to arrive in Australia. Peter Robertson, who has a long history with bricks and is now the Australian distributor for Petersen Brick from Denmark, showed the couple images of the Kolumba K55. Robertson, director of Robertson’s Building Products, has been at the forefront of the brick industry for decades. The slim, charcoal grey, handmade brick, made the Minchin’s, as well as Simeoni, rethink their scheme. “It wasn’t that we were adverse to using bricks. Robert showed us a number of the houses to which he had delivered various bricks. But it was either the colour or their texture that didn’t capture our imaginations,” says Nicola. While the images of the Kolumba K55 were enticing, the Minchin’s were completely ‘sold’ when the samples were handed to them. “Each handmade brick is slightly different, with each one displaying a set of thumbprints. None of them are perfectly straight. But that gives them that sense of artistry,” says Ian.

For Simeoni as well, the decision to change to brick was immediate after seeing the samples: As each length of brick varies, the job required highly skilled bricklayers. “It made the process a little more complex, but the result has been worth it. Kolumba has added texture to the house and this brick also suited the more abstract nature of the architectural composition.” says Simeoni, whose brief was a striking contemporary home using a simple palette of materials, with clean and minimal lines. Unlike the charcoal grey facade, the interior of the two-storey home is entirely white. “White was never in discussion. It was always going to be white,” says Nicola, who, with Ian, was keen to create a pristine white ‘canvas’ to display their fine contemporary paintings. White also appears in the white four metre-long white Corian bench which is used for most meals, from breakfast through to dinner.

The home’s rear elevation features generous glazing, with large glass sliding doors leading to the garden and terrace. A composition of bricks from the past on the boundary of the property also provides a fascinating dialogue between bricks from the past and present. The rear boundary, for example, features what was previously a wall and fireplace, once part of a Victorian home from the late 1800s. And on another boundary is a brick wall, which once formed part of a stable. Although these bricks and the Kolumba bricks are decades apart, there’s a sense of the handcrafted, with slight irregularities in each, beautifully adding to the rich patina of the Minchin’s home and the neighbourhood.

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FIRE-RESISTANT PANEL PRODUCTS MEETING MULTI-RESIDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS INSIDE AND OUT [WORDS] TRISTAN ‘TD’ DENNIS

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AVING PROPER PASSIVE FIRE PROTECTION CAN BE THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FIREDAMAGED APARTMENT AND A FIREDAMAGED APARTMENT BLOCK. DESPITE THE FAR-REACHING CONSEQUENCES WHEN DEALING WITH MORE STOREYS AND HIGHER OCCUPANCIES, NON-COMPLIANCE IN REGARDS TO FIREPROTECTION IS STILL HIGHLY PREVALENT THROUGHOUT MULTI-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION IN AUSTRALIA. A particular concern in the past couple of years has arisen following notable incidents in Melbourne and Brisbane where fires have spread rapidly throughout apartment blocks due to the non-compliant application of building panels. The incidents resulted in buildings being evacuated and millions of dollars in damages and both incidents could have been prevented. At the same time, there are also prominent cases that illustrate the effectiveness of fire rated systems. For example, in 2014 a fire broke out at a Karaoke Bar located in Burwood NSW and fully engulfed the bar with flames and heavy smoke and threatened to spread to adjoining residential properties. The building which housed the bar was severely damaged by the fire while the adjoining boarding properties suffered minimal and mainly cosmetic fire damage. That minimal damage suffered by the adjoining boarding properties was attributed by builders inspecting the property to the use of a fire rated Gyprock wall product.

BONDOR METECNOINSPIRE

A fire-rated walling panel with a rigid foam PIR (Polyisocyanurate) core enclosed in two skins of Australian-made BlueScope Colorbond steel, forming a strong and durable, fire– retardant panel. The panel has a zigzag shaped interlocking panel-to-panel joint, concealing two screws. Bondor’s fire-rated products can meet varying FRL requirements. The insulated architectural façade system offers architects and designers a broad range of colours, surface profiles and excellent thermal properties. Bondor and Metecno products are manufactured in Australia and tested to Australian Standards.

The Building Code of Australia (BCA) contains Deemed to Satisfy provisions for the Fire Resistance Level (FRL) for the internal walls and shafts, external walls, floors and ceilings of multi-residential constructions, which dictate the required structural adequacy, integrity and insulation of a system. The FRL represents the passive fire protection provided by a system, with the higher the number the longer the fire can be contained and the systems maintains.

GYPROCK FYRCHEK WAS CREDITED BY BUILDING INSPECTORS WITH HELPING MINIMISING FIRE DAMAGE IN THIS PROPERTY IN 2014.

Following are some of the latest products that provide passive fire protection in multi-residential construction:

GYPROCK FYRCHEK

Fire-rated plasterboard with a specially processed glass fibre-reinforced gypsum core for use in fire rated wall and ceiling systems. Available in 13mm and 16mm thickness in 1200mm wide panels of various standard lengths from 2400mm to 3600mm.


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CSR HEBEL POWERPANELXL

Hebel PowerPanelXL is a 75mm thick, steel reinforced building panel made from Autoclaved Aerated Concrete supplied in lengths of 1200mm to 3000mm for standard widths of 600mm. Suitable for low-rise multi-res, PowerPanelXL is non-combustible with the ability to achieve FRL of 180/180/180.

PRONTO PANEL FROM BRICKWORKS BUILDING PRODUCTS

A non-load bearing, lightweight panel system with exceptional acoustic ratings, it is suitable for internal and external walls. Pronto Panel consists of a composite of lightweight aggregates bonded into a cementitious matrix. The 60mm panel on its own achieves a fire resistance level (FRL) of -/60/60 and when the 60mm Pronto Panel is combined in a 185mm wide wall system with standard plasterboard it achieves FRL -/120/120. Pronto Panel has been tested, certified and satisfies the highest Australian standards.

USG BORAL MULTIFRAME

A complete construction system for low-rise apartment buildings, and a lightweight alternative to traditional concrete and masonry construction. Multiframe comprises a range of timber framed fire rated wall and ceiling systems that achieve required FRLs for BCA compliance.

EZYLITE ASTRIX

Lightweight panels made from inorganic minerals reinforced with three layers of fibreglass mesh providing superior strength for external wall cladding. Astrix panels have been tested to achieve an FRL of 120/120/120.

KNAUF FIRESHIELD

A fire resistant plasterboard for internal lining applications where a FRL is required. Specifically designed to slow down a fire, FireShield has been tested and classified as a Group 1 in the BCA Section C1.10 by ‘Fire Hazard Properties’. Wall and ceiling materials are required to be tested and classified with a Group number from 1 to 4, with Group 1 being the least fire hazardous.


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ADVERTISING FEATURE – KINGSPAN

MEETING AND EXCEEDING THE MARK IN PERTH, WA

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HEN MINING AND ROAD CONSTRUCTION MACHINERY SPECIALIST WIRTGEN GROUP DEVELOPED PLANS TO BUILD A BRAND NEW, STATE-OF-THE ART FACILITY IN PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA THEY SET A VERY HIGH STANDARD IN TERMS OF DESIGN, FUNCTION AND AESTHETICS. From the outset, Wirtgen were determined that the new building should demonstrate a strong and convincing local presence. Not only did the new structure need to function really well, but it also needed to look good and be a showcase for their superior technology and precise, high-quality services and engineering facilities. They also knew that in the harsh climate of Western Australia, they needed a building that would perform at a very high level in four key areas: • • • •

Thermal performance durability – with excellent building longevity Have impeccable fire performance characteristics Be efficient to construct and commission With maximum design flexibility.

KINGSPAN PRODUCTS MORE THAN MET THE MARK Products proposed for the Wirtgen project by Kingspan Insulated Panels more than met the mark in those key areas. They all came from Kingspan’s specialist range of insulated roof and wall panels and unique Kingspan insulated gutters. For the complete building envelope, Kingspan

Trapezoidal KS1000RW roof panels were selected, along with Kingspan Architectural Wall KS1000MM Mini Micro and KS1100CS Controlled Environment panel systems. But it was the integrated Kingspan pre-fabricated, membrane insulated gutters that were the crowning glory. Working with a sophisticated syphonic drainage system, Perth based firm T&Z Architects encouraged Wirtgen to cap off the range of high performing building products with seamless and integrated Kingspan insulated gutters. T&Z recognised that Kingspan’s insulated gutters were not only ideal for boundary and valley applications – but they ensured longevity, thermal performance and would contribute to the overall neat and functional aesthetics of the building. The T&Z project architect commented, “When we saw the design called for a syphonic drainage system, we realised we needed a guttering system that was able to meet more stringent requirements. Kingspan’s integrated and insulated gutter system works really well with syphonic drainage and we knew it was the product to recommend.” He went on to say, “With no exposed materials and continuous insulation under the roof where there is often a level of thermal shortage, Kingspan’s insulated guttering, roof and wall panel system working together as a whole, has more than met the standards for longevity, thermal andfire performance demanded by Wirtgen.”

A SHOWPIECE FOR WIRTGEN AUSTRALIA Looking at the finished result and the overall aesthetics of the facility, Kingspan’s integrated roof, wall and guttering system has helped to create a showpiece for Wirtgen Group’s range of technologies, sophisticated machinery and high quality services. Kingspan Commercial Director, Nick Drummond supported this, saying: “What really worked for the architects and the client was the holistic nature of the solution. The roof and wall panels, with the insulated gutters are all integrated. They form a total building envelope that not only looks good, but also performs exceptionally well. All the products for the building envelope were sourced from Kingspan as one supplier and are all backed up by a single Kingspan warranty. That’s often an important factor on a project of this high standard.”

For more information please contact Kingspan Insulated Panels. www.kingspanpanels.com.au


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ADVERTISING FEATURE – USG BORAL

ACHIEVING FIRE & ACOUSTIC COMPLIANCE IN MULTI-RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION

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S THE TREND TOWARDS MULTIRESIDENTIAL LIVING GATHERS PACE, SO DOES THE NEED FOR A BETTER USE OF SPACE AND INCREASED FUNCTIONALITY OF DWELLINGS. For the architects, contractors and workers involved in the design and construction of these projects it brings unique challenges, regulations are tighter and specifying the best-performing products and systems is critical to success. An understanding of the requirements of fire protection and acoustic performance, and the available solutions to ensure compliance throughout is necessary to ensuring this success.

FIRE PROTECTION Fire safety is a critical aspect of multi-residential design. With more storeys and higher occupancy, these constructions require higher fire resistance than stand-alone residences. Passive fire protection (PFP) is needed to contain fires or slow the spread through the use of fire resistant materials (such as Firestop plasterboard) in walls, floors and ceiling systems. The Fire Resistance Level (FRL) of these products is defined in the grading period, in minutes, for three performance criteria: • Structural adequacy – Failure occurs when the specimen collapses under load • Integrity – Failure occurs when the specimen develops cracks or openings through which flames or hot gases can pass • Insulation – Failure occurs when the temperature of the unexposed surface of the specimen reaches a certain level Therefore an FRL requirement for a wall of 90/60/30 would mean that the wall must maintain structural adequacy for 90 minutes, integrity for 60 minutes and insulation for 30 minutes.

ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE AND COMPLIANCE Noise is a growing cause of unrest in urban Australia. Reducing noise travelling between apartments is critical to the comfort of residents, hence the stringent building code requirements. Acoustic performance is measured on: Rw – ‘Weighted sound reduction Index’. Measured in decibels, it is an indication of the sound reduction of a wall or floor system at mid-frequencies such as speech. The higher the Rw the greater sound reduction. The minimum BCA requirement for separating a sole occupancy unit and corridor is Rw 50. Rw+Ctr – ‘Weighted sound reduction index with spectrum adaptation term’. Is used to account for low frequency noise such as home cinema, traffic etc. The higher the Rw+Ctr the greater the ability of the wall to control low frequency noise. The minimum BCA requirement for separating sole occupancy units is Rw+Ctr 50. Thus a greater sound reduction needed between residences. Ln,W+Ci – ‘Weighted Normalised Impact Sound pressure Level with Spectrum Adaptation Term’ Is the ability of the floor/ ceiling system to isolate impact noise such as foot falls. Unlike Rw and Rw+Ctr the lower rating the better it isolates sound. The USG Boral Systems+ offers a wide range of systems, including: Sheetrock® Brand Plasterboard – A wall board 30% lighter than standard USG Boral plasterboard products making them easier to transport, easier to score and snap, and provides superior sag resistance. Multiframe - lightweight timber framed construction system for low rise apartment

buildings – a cost effective alternative to traditional concrete and masonry construction that satisfies BCA fire and acoustic requirements Fiberock® – A high-performance panel that resists moisture, mould and fire as well as dents and penetration, ideal for bathrooms and kitchens Plasterboard Ceiling Systems – Fire-rated ceiling systems that have been designed to provide fire resistance ratings of up to the highest 120/120/120 Specifying made simple with Systems+ Systems+ provides cost-effective solutions for specifying plasterboard wall and ceiling systems in any development, and addresses the unique requirements of different projects. Systems+ allows specifiers to select and compare the entire range of USG Boral product, providing systems names and ratings for quick and simple specification that help guarantee performance and compliance.

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RETRACTABLE ROOFS: BRINGING THE GREAT OUTDOORS, INDOORS WORDS BONNIE TAI

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ETRACTABLE ROOFING SYSTEMS HAVE BECOME A HOT TREND FOR RESTAURANTS AND HOSPITALITY VENUES LOOKING TO MAXIMISE ON SPACE AND CREATE DYNAMIC SOCIAL ATMOSPHERES FOR CUSTOMERS.

trend emerging based on the positive response from clients discovering the opportunity.

With demand for both alfresco-style and dramatic rooftop dining on the rise, retractable roofing structures are being employed nation-wide in restaurants and eateries to allow for patrons to enjoy the outdoors at any time of the year – with solutions for Australia’s many and varying climate zones.

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANTAGES

Promoting vibrancy and pedestrian activity, these roofing structures offer a seamless flow between interior and exterior spaces paving the way for a greater return on property, and with more seating options, increased revenue for proprietors. Libart Australia, a major roofing innovator in the architectural space, has been promoting, designing and installing these systems in Australia for five years. Libart development manager, Richard Gillan, says that while the retractable roofing concept is relatively new, they see a growing

“Our expectation for the product in this industry is very, very optimistic,” he says.

Aside from the obvious benefits associated with installing retractable structures, for instance the control of the elements – sunlight, rain and airflow – a lesser known advantage is the energy efficiency associated with the investment. With sustainability initiatives becoming more and more prevalent in contemporary architectural design, manufacturers of roofing systems have adopted a greener way of thinking. The use of insulated glass is also widely utilised in many of the market-leading systems, ensuring warming sunlight is captured in the winter months and deflected in the summer months – keeping power bills down and reducing the need for auxiliary air conditioning units. Some of the latest products solutions available in Australia follow:

BABYLON CAFE BEACH CLUB WITH RETRACTABLE ROOFING SYSTEM BY LIBART


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VERGOLA OPENING AND CLOSING LOUVRED PERGOLAS

Vergola opening and closing louvred pergolas offer versatility and functionality. Offering sensor-controlled closing mechanisms, this system ensures that you’ll never get caught out in the rain.

LIBART CUSTOM RETRACTABLE ROOF SYSTEMS

Libart’s range of retractable roofs are custom-designed and manufactured to suit individual requirements. All systems feature either laminated or double glazed glass for thermal performance.

HOTEL SORRENTO One of Libart’s latest installations is for this historic hotel in Phillip Bay, Victoria. The brief called for the integration of a retractable roofing system to the dining area without compromising the original architecture of the iconic building. The contractor’s answer was a glass roof area that spanned 7.5 metres by 6.1 wide that consisted of three bays with four self-cleaning glass panels in each bay, yielding a 75 per cent retraction of the roof.

PAPILIO RETRACTABLE ROOF BY AALTA AUSTRALIA

The Papilio retractable roof by Aalta Australia is a modern and stylish structure with single posts and a front beam. The supporting structure allows for straight drop screens to be fitted so that a totally weather-proof outdoor room can be created

To drive the roof, a three-phase motor and worm drive system with wall mounted control was implemented, and to top it off, the inclusion of a rain sensor to automatically close the roof in the event of rain or showers. The aluminium beams and support structure was powder coated to fit in with the historic sandstone building.


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ADVERTISING FEATURE – MARKILUX AUSTRALIA

DISCOVER A NEW STANDARD IN FOLDING ARM AWNINGS WITH THE MARKILUX MX-1 GALAXY AND MX-1 GALAXY COMPACT

MADE FOR THE AUSTRALIAN SUMMER At this time of year, when the bright glare and heat of Australia’s summer is well and truly upon us we longingly seek out the natural coolness that is found in the deep protective shade under a retractable markilux awning. For over 40 years markilux has been associated with the highest quality external shading solutions. Catering specifically to Australia’s harsh climate and Australian’s love of outdoor living, markilux has developed an awning as requested by architects. All our experience, knowledge of design and technology, aesthetics and functionality are united in the new markilux MX-1 Galaxy.

A NEW DIMENSION IN DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY The Galaxy range of awnings have uniquely concealed brackets that allow the awning to seamlessly blend in with your building’s façade setting visual milestones as the awning looks part of the building and not your run of the mill bolt on solution. The markilux MX-1 Galaxy awning is a combination of a protective roof and an awning.

The cassette, including the rear canopy with an overall depth of 62cm, protects windows and facades. But when extended the markilux MX-1 shades an area of up to 700cm x 437cm. The markilux Galaxy is available with mood setting dimmable markilux LED spotlights in the canopy and LED line or LED spotlights in the front profile. Also available is a motorised shade-plus extendable front valance to provide additional comfort and protection when under the awning. The markilux MX-1 Galaxy compact has a cassette when closed that is only 38cm deep giving the awning a light yet very clear and precise appearance as it adds a distinctive touch to the overall architectural effect you or your customer wish to achieve.

FULLY CUSTOMIZED FOR YOUR REQUIREMENTS The awnings are custom made with many configuration features such as folding arms with bionic tendons, pitch adjustment from 5° to 25°, water drainage via an integrated gutter in the front profile, numerous motorised drive technologies with cassette colour and fabric variations and accessories to fulfill the most unusual requirements.

SUPERIOR SUN PROTECTION The markilux MX-1 range of awnings are fitted with sunvas or sunsilk snc fabric covers woven in-house in Germany on state-of-the-art weaving looms guaranteeing near perfection in the manufacturing process. The fabric is specially treated so that they stop between 97 – 100% of UV radiation*. As a result the fabrics achieve the highest possible solar protection factor for textiles namely UPF 50+. *These results are based on research conducted by the Hohenstein Institute Germany.

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PRESENTING THE WINNERS OF THE 2015 SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS INGENIOUS INDIGENOUS ELDERS CENTRE STEALS THE SHOW

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RESIDENTIAL BUILDING DESIGNED BY IREDALE PEDERSEN HOOK ARCHITECTS FOR THE ELDERS OF A DISPLACED WESTERN AUSTRALIAN INDIGENOUS COMMUNITY WAS NAMED BEST OF THE BEST IN THE NINTH ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS. The Walumba Elders Centre was announced the winner at a gala dinner held in Sydney in October, edging ahead of a formidable field of sustainable projects and products from Australia’s leading design and building industry professionals. In 2011, the Giga people’s home town of Warmun was devastated by a catastrophic one in 300 year flood. Working with the community elders, the architects designed a new home based on cultural and social needs, considerate of the local landscape.

skills and understanding required to design truly sustainable buildings,” the jury stated. “Where some buildings achieved great energy performance or high results through certification programs, this project illustrated sensitivity to people and culture, a respect for environment, and the building response was delivered with ingenuity rather than a large budget.” “Furthermore, the fact that this project was delivered on a very tight budget to a remote location is testament to the designers understanding of the triple bottom line of sustainability for which they must be commended.” Read on to view all the winners from 2015 Sustainability Awards.

The awards judges commended the architects for a multifaceted approach to sustainable design. “Though there were many candidates for the overall award, the Walumba Elders Centre stole the show as it demonstrates the

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BEST OF THE BEST

THE WALUMBA ELDERS CENTRE BY IREDALE PEDERSEN HOOK ARCHITECTS

(LEFT TO RIGHT) MARK PULHAM, CEO OF UBIQ INEX>BOARDS (CATEGORY SPONSOR) AND PROFESSOR MARTYN HOOK OF IREDALE PEDERSEN HOOK ARCHITECTS

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RANT HOME STUDIO BY BORGELT & CRAIG ARCHITECTS “What fun this house is! Clearly the owners are happy to integrate home and work, and the passion with which they do that shows in the way the building adapts to its different daily functions. Its lowenergy climatic design, clever use of multifunction space and “human feel” make it a very endearing building.” – awards jury.

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EARTH KIDS CHILDCARE BY TRUEBOLT “There are so many great sustainability features wrapped into this project. The passive design principles, low-energy under floor heating and heavy focus on natural, low VOC materials and finishes is good to see, as is the recycled content in steel, concrete and reconstituted glass bench tops, and the 100kL rainwater tank and 8kW solar array. “The designers have created a fantastic environment for children and demonstrated a very considered approach to selection of building products and materials.” – awards jury.

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WESTERN BUSINESS ACCELERATOR AND CENTRE FOR EXCELLENCE BY SIX DEGREES “The architect’s above and beyond approach to this project resulted in a building that surpassed client expectations in sustainability. This is a great example of where a designer can, through their own initiative, deliver a world’s best practice environmentally sensitive building. Six Degrees’ attention to restoring the adjacent wetlands is testament to the fact the sustainability is much more than just being about energy performance and more about its holistic nature.” – awards jury.

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UTS THOMAS STREET BUILDING BY STEENSEN VARMING “Adopting an integrated design approach to sustainability, this project strikes a fine balance between passive and active systems, ensuring an international best practice design for the client. The use of a labyrinth below the adjacent park / public space is great to see as were the roof top gardens, light wells and garden recesses which improve the access to daylight and IEQ for occupants.� – awards jury.

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HE FIRST OF ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN’S ‘CONNECT’ EVENTS WAS HELD IN OCTOBER IN SYDNEY. THE EXCLUSIVE INVITATION ONLY EVENT HAD IN ATTENDANCE 40 LEADING RESIDENTIAL AND HIGH-DENSITY ARCHITECTS, BUILDING DESIGNERS, PROJECT MANAGERS AND CONSULTANTS WITH A SPECIFIC INTEREST IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN. The day was focused around five rotating peer-to-peer discussions, a format designed to provide participants the opportunity for in-depth engagement, demonstrating thought leadership and sharing concerns and challenges among peers. We’re pleased to be able to report that attendees to the inaugural event were delighted with the opportunities they had to network with their peers, to learn about the latest materials and design trends, and to generally gain awareness of the opportunities and challenges others face in the industry. Meanwhile, by being at the table alongside independent experts, listening in and answer many of the more technical questions, each of the sponsors was able to develop a better understanding of the needs of the marketplace. These insights are expected to help inform the research and development of better products for Australia’s building industry.

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INSPIRING PRESENTATIONS HOW REAL-TIME DATA CAN TRANSFORM APARTMENT DESIGN The day kicked off with a keynote from Director of The Institute of Digital Design Australia, Dr Ben Coorey. The Sydney-based parametric design expert and architect described some his group’s cutting edge research and how industry application of real-time data can inform better and more environmentally sustainable design. He explained how using design data in real time can provide early feedback in the conceptual design process. The emerging software will provide architects,

designers and developers with tools and technology that can improve high density residential projects, not only to be economically successful but also more environmentally sustainable. Coorey concluded with the final thoughts and lingering question: “As we begin to quantify the value of design and expand our tools and techniques what impact is this going to have on the profession?” HOW THE GREEN KARMA WILL RUN OVER THE BROWN DOGMA A second inspirational presentation came courtesy of renowned Sydney architect Tone Wheeler (Principal


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One of Australia’s most respected and accomplished environmentally sustainable residential building designers, Wheeler did not pull any punches in his assessment of the state of residential building stock that has evolved around Sydney to date.

Four of our industry’s leading thinkers took to the stage for a fascinating discussion and audience Q&A session on the key topic of the day: ‘How to best design the high-density, environmentally sustainable residential buildings required for the future?’

The title of the presentation refers to a key theme and argument for Wheeler, namely that it is design, not legislation, that is the key to achieving environmental performance. He then expanded on the case for the ‘low and close’ form of high density dwellings an approach Wheeler believed embodies the best way forward in sustainable residential architecture in Australia.

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SOME OF AUSTRALIA’S LEADING ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE DESIGN AND BUILDING PRACTITIONERS TOSSED IDEAS AROUND, WITH A FORMIDABLE LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE CIRCULATING ON THE DAY.

DELEGATES ON THE DAY ENJOYED THE ACTIVE, ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION FORMAT, PAYING PARTICULAR REGARD TO ITS ENGAGING APPROACH TO EDUCATION AS WELL AS RECOGNISING THE BENEFITS OF AN EVENT WHERE SPONSORS LISTENED RATHER THAN SIMPLY PRESENTED THEIR VIEW OR PITCHED A PRODUCT.

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The panels are roll-formed on site from pre-painted Colorbond coil steel. The patented self-locking edge allows panels to clip together with a strong waterproof seal - no screws or bolts. It is fast, simple and cost effective. The profi le is initially rolled as a continuous straight panel. It is then curved to the required radius. Straight panels are ideal for skillion roofs and walls.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASES HÄFELE NOW PARTNERED WITH GEZE ! OPENING THE DOOR TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES Häfele Australia and Geze are proud to announce the foundation of a new partnership. This exciting development combines the strength of Australia’s most progressive Architectural Hardware company with one of the world’s leading manufacturers of door technology. Certified to ISO 9001, GEZE’s door closers have been inspected and certified in accordance with the applicable standards EN 1154, EN 1155, EN 1158 and AS 1428. All these measures, plus over 90 years of industry experience from Häfele guarantee a high quality product and service. When you want to set your project apart, that’s a must. To find a solution for your next project contact your nearest Häfele sales office or visit:www.hafele.com.au.

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HK-XS JOINS BLUM’S AVENTOS HK SERIES Blum’s AVENTOS HK series provides a contemporary stay lift solution for wall cabinets of small to medium height that combines high functionality with a simple yet elegant design. The AVENTOS HK series includes the AVENTOS HK, AVENTOS HK-S and the new AVENTOS HK-XS. The newest member of the HK series, AVENTOS HK-XS extends the planning and design options which are possible with our HK series programme. AVENTOS HK-XS is a compact stay lift fi tting with a sleek and narrow design. It is ideally suited to wall cabinets with shallow internal depths from 125mm such as above the range hood in the kitchen or sink in the bathroom. AVENTOS HK-XS features the familiar AVENTOS quality of motion and ergonomic benefi ts such as variable stop. The core element of the compact fi tting is a robust spring package ensuring high stability and durability, without the use of gas. The symmetrical lift mechanism can be used on one or both sides to accommodate large and heavy fronts. In addition to our HK series, Blum’s range of AVENTOS lift systems include lift systems to suit bi-fold lift, parallel lift and swing (up and over) lift applications.

AVENTOS HK-XS; A COMPACT STAY LIFT FITTING WITH A SLEEK AND NARROW DESIGN.

Contact your local Blum representative for your copy of our new AVENTOS HK series programme brochure. Our new brochure is also available for download on blum.com.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASES

REAL CONCRETE OVERLAY

FANTASTIC CEILINGS INSTALLED IN MINUTES

Covet is introducing a unique concrete overlay. This modern material possesses excellent low shrink and high strength properties. It is crafted in Australia and is not an epoxy or fi bre cement blend, and because it is actual concrete it offers the inherent aesthetic of this timeless material. It is poured to a height of 12mm over a stable substrate then ground back to 10mm using conventional concrete grinding and polishing techniques. The result is a very custom fl oor with over 16 base colours and 18 aggregate options. A contemporary, refi ned and very unique concrete surface.

Installing a new ceiling can be disruptive and expensive so achieving a speedy and well-organized installation is critical.

Covet is a Melbourne based company offering designers unique building products from Australia and Japan. www.wecovet.com.au

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SUPAWOOD’s SUPATILE range perfectly combines quick installation and aesthetics. Slatted, patterned and decorative ceiling panels simply fi t into a standard suspended ceiling grid. The panels are 100% accessible which offer the fl exibility to quickly reconfi gure for a totally new look. No on-site painting or fabrication is required because SUPATILE is supplied ready to lift into place. The range is available in acoustic options and a choice of timber or solid colour fi nishes. SUPATILE is custom manufactured for each project in short lead times.

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SUSTAINABLE AND SUPER HYGIENIC FOR COMMERCIAL APPLICATION Geberit, a global leader in sanitary systems and piping solutions, introduces a truly sustainable product for commercial applications. Geberit’s touchless sensor taps Hytronic 185 and 186 produce their own power. The fl owing water generates power to recharge the units, eliminating the need for a mains supply and standby power consumption. The mini power station and small scale generator makes the HyTronic taps independent from the mains supply • Whenever the tap is in use, the fl owing water charges the accumulator • Reduces the ecological impact by 80% compared to an electrical connection and by 50% compared to the use of batteries • Ideal solution for all sustainable building projects • Maximum - 6 star - WELS rating

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The addition of a touchless tap with a built-in sensor can increase the levels of hygiene by removing the need to touch any buttons, especially in high traffi c applications. • All setting can be remotely accessed with a service remote • Designed with elegant curves and a functional body • Available in two different designs, both manufactured in chrome Read more at www.geberit.com. au/sensor-tap

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Dream it. Print it.

Bring your ideas to life with 3D printing We have a range of 3D printers that are changing the face of the architecture industry. Our 3D printing technology helps you visually communicate your ideas to clients, quickly and at low costs, helping you to win more business. To ďŹ nd out more and discover the possibilities visit konicaminolta.com.au/3D

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Grate Design.

Architectural Grates + Drains By Stormtech

The best grates. GreenTag certified. Stormtech invented linear drainage over 25 years ago and has become the preferred choice for architectural hospitality projects. Featuring superb contemporary finishes and internationally acclaimed

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design, Stormtech systems bring eco-certified standards and durability to commercial drainage projects and large scale applications.

Stormtech products are certified for

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certification across our entire product range. View our complete range of linear drainage products on the Stormtech website, and specify your next project with GreenTag confidence.

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