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.
Greensphere was commissioned to provide the Energy Assessment for the Habitech Alpine House. This was completed using FirstRate5 and resulted in a 7.7 Star rating. The design is carefully considered to frame southern mountain views, while optimising northern orientation. The house has utilised a specialised construction system to create a unique family home in a difficult climate.
greensphere was commissioned to provide detailed energy performance assessments for series of wall types, window configurations, and thermal mass densities. Currently specified in a double stud thermally broken (no bridging) format at 300mm thick, this wall system achieves in excess of R7.0.
This unique house by John Wardle Architects is a multi-award winner. The narrow site response is through the use of a central courtyard, where the characteristic graffiti connects the house to the neighbourhood context, something that is integral to the design of the house.
This project designed by EME Design in conjunction with Greensphere Consulting incorporates large amounts of internal mass and very thick insulation, coupled with high performance glazing (triple glazed).
The north facing greenhouse also provides winter warmth, and was modelled extensively to demonstrate the additional thermal performance of this design beyond the 10 star rating cap. Solar PV, Solar Hot Water and community living complete the submission
This was an early version of a building that is now built in Melbourne CBD, in a prestigious location on the north bank of the Yarra. This early design set a high benchmark for ESD performance, and included a very large solar Photovoltaic system on the roof (visible).
As with many concept designs this scheme did not eventuate but served as an excellent design study for what was technically possible.
The NMIT Green Skills Centre represents a new era in Sustainable Education. This 5 Star GreenStar facility is purpose built for education and training in Sustainable design and technology. The Building features advanced technology such as a geothermal air conditioning, a 25 KW photvoltaic system, Greywater treatment, 110,000 Litres of rainwater storage, 3 different types of Solar hot water, as well as endless sustainable design features and material selection.
Greensphere was contracted to provide a peer review of what would become the Gold Coasts tallest building – the 88 level Iluka Redevelopment. Part of the findings included the fact that the surrounding buildings, predominantly located to the east of the proposed tower, had been largely ignored by the original shading study that was submitted to Council as part of tthe application. The findings also showed that the Councils policy on shading was generic and allowed a wide interpretation.
The design for this discerning client incorporates flexible living into the solidity of the concrete structure. As well as resolving the building fabric performance, which includes the ever difficult west facing view, a detailed energy performance study was completed.
‘Living Places’ public housing establishes a benchmark for environmentally and socially sustainable low-cost housing in Victoria.
The culmination of an open design competition initiated by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect and the Office of Housing,’ Living Places’ involves the design of fifteen environmentally efficient, low-cost dwellings on six consolidated residential allotments in Dandenong. The project establishes a solar responsive urban framework which, in combination with efficient internal planning and the integration of ESD technologies, facilitates dwellings with energy ratings in excess of 8 stars. WSUD principles, grey water treatment and indigenous planting reduce the site’s dependence on mains water and minimise its impact on the local environment.
Small scale residential is efficient in both space use and thermal performance
This pair of townhouses responds not only to site constraints, but also strict requirements regarding sustainability from the Council within which it resides. Complex solutions can be avoided when the design embraces these requirements from day 1. A double storey green wall has been designed to provide a visual screen as well as a buffer to the harsh west summer sun.
Combining an existing house is never easy in terms of energy and thermal performance. This uniquely designed house employs the best features of the existing house, such as thermal mass, with the best of the new extension, such as high insulation levels and high performance double glazing.
These superbly designed apartments have one of the most enviable addresses in Melbourne. The Architects were commited to achieving a high quality finish as well as sustainable performance. This was handled by integrating the material design and energy requirements of the project early in the design.
The outcome was top class and the performance levels achieved with minimal interruption to the design intent.
Following the contentious Iluka Tower redevelopment planning approval by Gold Coast City Council in October 2015, Greensphere’s Chris Jensen was interviewed about the impact of shading of tall buildings on neighbours.