Selling Indoor Environment Quality

While sustainability professionals understand the concept of Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ), it remains largely academic and defined in ways that are not communicated to, or lack engagement from, consumers. There is an excellent opportunity for developers who can...

The skin we’re in

“When done well, a high-performance façade can have as much bearing on the performance and comfort of a building as any other design element. So why aren’t they fnding their way into every project?” An article published in AIRAH’s Ecolibrium...

Are More Airtight Buildings More Energy Efficient?

An airtight building doesn’t sound all that appealing – how are you meant to get fresh air? How does the building ‘breathe’ (whatever that means)? What about the children!? It’s an undercurrent that rages in the Passivhaus vs ‘standard’ construction realm, and...

Disclose NatHERS Before Mandating Disclosure

15th September, 2015 | Jessica Hogg It has recently come to light that the Victorian Government, in their desire to improve the energy efficiency of residential properties, is considering introducing mandatory disclosure of the energy performance of dwellings. This...

Magical Glass, The NatHERS Solution

8th July, 2016  | Jessica Hogg When you decide to utilise the deemed-to-satisfy route for residential developments, you’ll end up producing a NatHERS (Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme) model. Given that it is a building envelope assessment, as part of the process...

Building Code: An Important (Thermal) Bridge to Span

12th October, 2016 | Jessica Hogg The Australian Building Codes Board (ABCB) recently confirmed that they’re undertaking a process for developing Section J 2019. This is a sure sign that industry is being engaged and workshops are taking place. Although a three-year...