5 May 2017
McGlashan Everist renovated a dilapidated, asbestos-clad warehouse at Monash University’s Clayton campus into an innovative, energy-efficient, vibrant and comfortable open office space for their Buildings and Property Division.
The building uses Passive House design principles to create an office space which has a low energy demand and high indoor environment quality. The building’s rooftop solar array currently provides almost 70 per cent of the total energy requirement. Through building tuning and behaviour change measures, Monash is working towards reducing the energy demand to achieve its first 100 per cent solar-powered building.
Building 56 Redevelopment is insulated and airtight to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures through the peaks and troughs of Melbourne’s temperature fluctuations.
The orientation of the building is used to optimise daylighting, avoid solar heat gain and maximise thermal comfort. Southern and eastern high-performance windows are oriented for passive daylight; the western façade is shaded by an adjacent building and mature trees, protecting the building from western summer heat gain; northern windows are shaded by fixed louvres designed to block summer sun and allow in winter light and warmth; operable external blinds on the north and east manage solar heat gain and glare throughout the year.
RAICO THERMALLY BROKEN ALUMINIUM WINDOW FRAMES
PRO CLIMA EXTASANA (RECYCLABLE, EMITS NO TOXIC GASES WHEN BURNED)
PRO CLIMA INTELL-PLUS (LOW-EST VOC RAT-ING IN HAZ-ARD-OUS SUB-STANCE TEST)
PRO CLIMA ADHESIVE TAPES
MITSUBISHI,HRV AIR HANDLING UNITS
BEG OCCUPANCY SENSORS
“This transformation of an asbestos-clad warehouse into an energy-efficient and comfortable space is a benchmark example of adaptive reuse – something we should always consider before knocking down and building new.
“The architect’s aim for Passive House standard is commendable and its impressive 6 star NABERS equivalent is fantastic considering the building was once a derelict, underused facility leaking from every seam.”