Research, Insights and Case Studies

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Selling Indoor Environment Quality
Selling Indoor Environment Quality

A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE SUPPORTING THE LINK BETWEEN IEQ AND CAPITAL VALUE Sustainability professionals understand Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ): the role it plays in determining an occupant’s experience of a space, the underlying impacts on health and wellbeing...

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The skin we’re in
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? Sean McGowan dives in to the issues of façades and air tightness with a...

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Passivhaus Standard
Passivhaus Standard

So what is Passivhaus? Also known as Passive House, it better translates as 'Passive Building' and applies to any building typology you can think of. Passivhaus buildings are always comfortable, and use around 90% less energy for HVAC than a typical building, and up...

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Inhabit + Grün Consulting
Inhabit + Grün Consulting

In 2017 Grün Consulting became part of Inhabit a leading provider of design-led consulting services to the built environment. As part of its commitment to providing buildings that are relevant to society, Inhabit will draw on the knowledge and expertise of Grün to...

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Passivhaus: The pathway to low energy buildings in Australasia
Passivhaus: The pathway to low energy buildings in Australasia

The Passivhaus, or Passive House, standard is a rigorous, voluntary and performance-based standard, with fundamental objectives of thermal comfort and energy efficiency.
Originally from central Europe, Passivhaus is finding traction in the Australasian market. Proponents of the standard seek key outcomes of excellence in indoor environment quality, energy efficiency and occupant health
and wellbeing. As climate change remains a global issue of urgent concern, and as fuel costs continue to rise, there is also a strong ethical and economic case for increasing the efficiency and thermal comfort of buildings.

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Debunking Some Myths About Passivhaus
Debunking Some Myths About Passivhaus

As a Certified Passivhaus Designer [Jessica Hogg], I’ve had some interesting discussions with both friends and colleagues about their perceptions of what they think a Passivhaus building actually means. It’s time to shed some light on a few of the myths and...

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Why NatHERS is not an Assessment of Comfort
Why NatHERS is not an Assessment of Comfort

Energy modelling software can create its share of frustration, none more so than that used for assessing dwellings against Section J of the National Construction Code – the modelling analysis also known as NatHERS. There are a lot of fundamental issues here – the...

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It’s Time for the Passivhaus Revolution
It’s Time for the Passivhaus Revolution

Working in the construction industry as an environmental engineer can be disheartening at times, as you watch key attributes of a project get value managed away into the ether. Design elements are removed that would inherently improve the quality of the building,...

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Passivhaus: The Value Proposition
Passivhaus: The Value Proposition

I’m not sure I could find anybody, should I try, who would openly and readily agree that the type of home they want to live in would include stuffy rooms, condensation on the windows, cold floors, draughty doors and dust galore. Why would you? But that’s what most of...

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Affordable Social Housing … and Passivhaus!
Affordable Social Housing … and Passivhaus!

Imagine, for a moment, that you are a developer, or even just a property investor. You believe you have found a way to guarantee that the properties you own are hotly contested on the open market, both those you build new and those you are upgrading. When you build...

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Disclose NatHERS Before Mandating Disclosure
Disclose NatHERS Before Mandating Disclosure

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 will require that potential tenants...

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Resilience
Resilience

Hit with a one-in-100-year storm, fire, flood or even civil unrest, how effectively would our buildings withstand the impact and then recover from adversity? This question is being seriously asked of and by industry leaders as we seek to build the capacity for recovery into our built environment.

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Why I want a Passivhaus house
Why I want a Passivhaus house

When we bought our home, we fell in love. We loved the beautiful little cottage that was now our sanctuary, and was representative of a major milestone in our lives: our very own house! But, like nearly every other home purchaser, we didn’t consider - not even a...

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Building a Passivhaus
Building a Passivhaus

There are several techniques that can be used when designing a home to ensure it is naturally cooler in summer and warmer in winter. Clare Parry clarifies the confusion surrounding passive house design and explains how builders can become experts in this area.The...

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