The Australian climate requires that homes be designed or modified to ensure that the occupants remain thermally comfortable with minimal auxiliary heating or cooling in the climate where they are built. So does passive design fit into the eight climate zones in Australia and how is this design managed by the National Construction Code (NCC)? And while the northern European-derived passive house design is not always the best solution for Australia’s climate, do we need to instead concentrate on vernacular design and focus more on local needs, local materials, and local traditions and how does Australia’s growing love of high-rise apartments fit into all this? Do we need an Australian version of passive house design and what would that look like?
At the end of this panel, attendees will be able to:
AACA Competency Standards related to this session:
4.7 Coordination and integration of appropriate environmental systems, including for thermal comfort, lighting and acoustics.
Please note you are required to attend the full Summit program, and hour of each session to redeem your 5 formal AIA Refuel points.
Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC)