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Davis Living Base Antartica

Project: Davis Living Quarters, Antarctica

Client: Australian Antarctic Division

Category: Extreme Residential

Description

ESD Consultant and energy modelling for the design of the new Davis Station Living Quarters in Antarctica.

Sustainable design advice has included the modelling and assessment of the building to determine and optimise the:

  • Thermal efficiency of the highly specialised building envelope, with various types of unique construction/insulation material and window/glazing types, sizes and locations.
  • Critical daylight penetration into the building, assessing the predicted occupant comfort levels related to a sense of connectivity to the outdoors to prevent the onset of ‘cabin fever’.

The obvious issues of fuel supply required the design of the new living quarters to be super high performance with quadruple glazed windows, R4.0 walls etc.