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Thoughts and insights from the SBE team

The implications of Clause 58 to NatHERS ratings

Clause 58 (Apartments Developments) has now been in the Planning Scheme of Victorian councils for a few months and SBE, apart from assisting the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and the Office of the Victorian Government Architect to develop guidelines for alternative daylight assessment pathways, has also already worked on a number of projects required to comply with this clause and its sub-clauses.

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WBACE case study

SBE provided full ESD and Green Star Consultancy services for the Western BACE development.

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The Commons Case Study

Directly adjacent to a train station and close to trams and numerous amenities this site offers the residents the opportunity to live with a reduced carbon footprint.  A resident choosing to live in the building may not need to use a car in their day to day life, will not need air conditioning to be comfortable, will not need to purchase and run their own inefficient domestic laundry appliances, will be able to grow some of their own food requirements and will be able to dispose of a large portion of their compostable waste.

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Regis Hillcrest Case Study

The project is located in Hillcrest in Western Australia. The project consisted of the demolition of existing buildings fronting Harvest Road and Turton Street to make way for a two storey and three storey development comprising of 109 beds and has a maximum staffing allowance of 43 staff at any one time. The buildings have a total Gross Floor Area of 6,521m2.

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Northbank Case Study

This ten storey office building, part of a mixed-use development located between Flinders Street and the elevated rail tracks, achieved a 5 Star Green Star Office Design rating in early 2009.

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Mt Clear Case Study

The Mt Clear Earth and Science Centre is a school building for the Mt Clear Secondary School housing classrooms, laboratories and specialist support spaces. The floor area is approximately 900m². The client was keen for the building to represent the school’s commitment to the environment and to become a 3D textbook in its own right.

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Mawson Lakes Case Study

Building V at Mawson Lakes campus

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Kangan Automotive Centre of Excellence St 2 Short Case Study

With a usable Floor Area of 11,328 m², the Kangan Institute’s Automotive Centre of Excellence is the largest  automotive training facility in the southern hemisphere and one of the first institutions granted a 5 Star Green Star Educational rating from the Green Building Council of Australia.

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Bosch Case study

The new 3 storey headquarters for Bosch Australia is located on the existing Bosch campus at 1555 Centre Road, Clayton, Victoria.   The ground floor has a rectangular floor plan, whereas the first and second floors have an L-shaped plan, with parts of the second floor cantilevered over the first floor. A roof terrace area can be accessed from the first floor.  The total floor area is 10,230m2.

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ANU Fenner Short Case Study

The Frank Fenner building is a small scale institutional faculty building which archived a 6 star Green Star Office Design Rating. The design aimed to integrate with existing site conditions, and to be an example of sustainable design, balancing innovation with common design and construction practices.

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Daylighting - Across the rainbow bridge of Asgard

Harnessing and improving access to daylighting in apartment buildings is a concern of governments at national, state and local level as well as the private sector. In this they share a common goal to improve health and amenity. However, their focus can vary and the outcomes compare like chalk and cheese.

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Hybrid PV and solar hot water panels

SBE has been in discussion (via AWS) with Dr Yakov Elgart (details below) who is developing a local hybrid PV and solar hot water panel.

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The new Macaulay suburb of Melboure

A new suburb is to be proclaimed for Melbourne, featuring medium rise multi-residential buildings and proposed accommodation for 10,000.  Image below taken from Herald Sun article by Alex White October 22, 2017.

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Healthy Buildings

With an increasing amount of research and information available on the impacts that buildings have on people’s wellbeing, healthy building design is rapidly becoming a hot topic. Currently, much of the conversation is related to office buildings, where the economic impacts of absenteeism and presenteeism and other sick building syndrome-related issues are driving the design of healthy and more productive spaces. However, the principles of healthy design can be applied to all building typologies, from residential dwellings to hospital and sport facilities, with benefits ranging from faster injury recovery, increased performance, increased mental and physical wellbeing, and increased sense of community and place.

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Fresh air in schools

It has long been acknowledged that access to fresh air is critical for peak performance and health, whether a person is working in office or learning in a classroom. Whilst operable windows and cross flow ventilation can offer good levels of fresh air and natural cooling there will be times when ambient conditions are unfavourable. At such times occupants will want to and should be able to close windows.

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What to expect from Section J of the NCC 2019?

As many of you already know, the NCC has moved to a three-year update cycle, with the next version of the NCC planned to come into effect in May 2019. As part of this process the ABCB is conducting a line-by-line review of the Code with the scope to make it shorter, simpler, more flexible, but also more stringent where justified by economic criteria.

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What is an eco-city?

The term eco-city is increasingly becoming popular within the urban development industry to describe and market developments that incorporate ecological aspects in their design. But what is exactly an eco-city? To try to answer this question we attended the EcoCity World Summit that took place in Melbourne from the 12th to the 14th of July 2017.

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Regis Hillcrest

The Regis Hillcrest project is an aged cared development located in Western Australia comprising of 101 care rooms and 8 larger apartments. The development provides a significant upgrade to the current facility thus allowing Hillcrest to continue to offer high quality care to the ageing community of North Fremantle.

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