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Title:Revisiting Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings
Author:Deo Prasad, Shailja Chandra and Matt Fisher
Snippet:DES 2 - The previous version of this DES 2 (Energy Efficiency in Commercial Buildings by Deo Prasad May 1995) emphasised the need for including fundamental concepts of energy efficiency such as ...


Title:Drivers of Energy and Water Efficiency in Commercial Office Buildings
Author:Paul Bannister
Snippet:DES 79 - This paper summarises a study that looked at the factors that influence both energy and water efficiency for commercial office buildings. Using NABERS ratings for both of these, compa...


Title:Advanced Glazing Systems in Commercial Buildings
Author:PC Thomas and Leena Thomas
Snippet:PRO 19 - This note PRO 19, originally published in August 1998, was reviewed by PC Thomas and Leena Thomas in June 2003. Considerable advances in the technology and application of glazing system...


Title:Green Building
Author:Prepared by Deni Greene Consulting Services for the Task Force on Sustainable Development
Snippet:DES 25 - The Institution of Engineers, Australia This note, DES 25, originally published in June 1999, was reviewed by David Hood in January 2005. The information herein is considered still rel...


Title:NCC Section J and Commercial Building Facade Design – 2016 update
Author:Michael Shaw
Snippet:May 2016 | EDG 86 MS - To address the growing contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by the commercial building sector, Section J of the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume One ...


Title:Users' Perceptions of Health and Productivity in Sustainable Buildings
Author:George Baird and Hedda Ooosterhoff
Snippet:GEN 33 - Users of a range of commercial and institutional buildings in eleven countries have been surveyed to understand their perceptions of the performance of a range of factors – oper...


Title:BCA Section J and Commercial Building Facade Design
Author:Michael Shaw
Snippet:EDG 66 MS - To address the growing contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by the commercial building sector, in 2010 minimum energy performance requirements were introduced into...


Title:Evaluating Advanced Facade Systems for Commercial Buildings
Author:PC Thomas and Leena Thomas
Snippet:DES 60 - Proponents of energy efficiency and sustainability in the built environment have always understood the importance of the facade as a key element for a building to achieve these aims.&nb...


Title:Getting the Best out of Refrigerant-Cycle Chillers
Author:Dr Paul Bannister
Snippet:TEC 13 - The combination of Australia’s warm climate and the presence of significant internal heat loads means that the operation of our commercial building stock is dominated by the need to p...


Title:BCA Section J and Commercial Building Facade Design
Author:Michael Shaw
Snippet:February 2015 | EDG 82 MS - To address the growing contribution to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by the commercial building sector, the minimum energy performance requirements in the Nat...


Title:Commercial Building Refurbishment – Government Programs
Author:David Oppenheim
Snippet:DES 67 - Many CBD buildings throughout Australia are reaching an age where they will soon be undertaking an intermediate, major or complete refurbishment.  In addition, studies show that si...


Title:The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS)
Author:Roger Fay, Robert Vale and Paul Bannister
Snippet:GEN 56 - A number of design-based building environment rating systems are now available in Australia and are likely to improve the environmental performance of buildings.  NABERS was develo...


Title:Identifying and Implementing Energy Efficient Practices and Technologies to Existing Non-Residential Buildings
Author:George Fitzpatrick
Snippet:TEC 14 - Much of Australia’s non-residential building stock is of an age that preceded the digital era of technology and whilst performing satisfactorily from an occupant’s point of view, do...


Title:Commercial Building Baseline Study
Author:Australian Greenhouse Office
Snippet:NOT 10 - This note, NOT 10, originally published in August 1999, was reviewed by the Australian Greenhouse Office in July 2004. This summary page includes recent updates to the topic since publi...


Title:Environmentally Improved Office Furniture – A Guide to the Key Issues Including Specification Guidelines
Author:John Gertsakis and Kirsty Máté
Snippet:PRO 27 - EcoDesign and Sustainable Product Development are moving beyond energy efficient whitegoods and water conserving tap ware.  There is now a rapidly growing level of environmental ac...


Title:Chilled Ceilings and Beams
Author:Chris Arkins
Snippet:TEC 18 - Alternative low energy air-conditioning solutions are now being commonly used in preference to more traditional air-conditioning solutions for commercial applications.  In recent y...


Title:Adjusting Building Thermostats for Environmental Gains – Understanding the Issues
Author:Rosemary Kennedy, Wendy Miller, Jennifer Summerville, Maree Heffernan and Susan Loh
Snippet:DES 71  - DES 71: - ; and DES 72: Adjusting Building Thermostats for Environmental Gains – A Pilot Study This summary covers both of these companion papers. There has been increasing ...


Title:Passivhaus in Australia
Author:Clare Parry
Snippet:May 2014 | EDG 79 CP - The Passivhaus, or Passive House, standard is a rigorous, voluntary and performance-based standard for energy efficiency in a building. Originally from central Europe, ...


Title:Economics of Sustainable Building
Author:Caroline J Mackley
Snippet:GEN 44 - Senior Cost Planner – Sustainable Development, Bov This note discusses the economics of sustainable design and development strategies, as it relates to built facilities in Australia....


Title:Adjusting Building Thermostats for Environmental Gains – A Pilot Study
Author:Rosemary Kennedy, Wendy Miller, Jennifer Summerville, Maree Heffernan and Susan Loh
Snippet:DES 72  - DES 71: Adjusting Building Thermostats for Environmental Gains – Understanding the Issues; and DES 72: - This summary covers both of these companion papers. There has been...


Title:Building Energy Brief for Commercial and Public Buildings
Author:Sustainable Energy Authority
Snippet:DES 34 - Taylor Oppenheim Architects, Lincolne Scott Australia, Clifton Project Management and Sustainable Solutions This note, DES 34, originally published in May 2000, was reviewed by David C...


Title:Building Service Systems – An Integrate Design Approach to the Environmental Performance of Buildings
Author:M Colomban, M Zobec and M Kragh
Snippet:DES 49 - This paper was presented at the Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Sixth World Congress – Cities in the Third Millennium, Melbourne, 2001.  The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban ...


Title:Greywater and Blackwater Treatment Strategies
Author:Dr. Nic Booker
Snippet:TEC 11 - The supply of potable water to houses in Australian cities can be supplemented by the reuse of wastewater generated within the home, thus reducing the demand for potable water and possi...


Title:An Introduction to Ground Source Heat Pump Systems
Author:Chris Arkins
Snippet:TEC 6 - This note TEC 6, originally published in February 1999, was reviewed by Chris Arkins in January 2004. This summary page includes recent updates to the topic since publication.  Alte...


Title:Birds and Buildings
Author:John Gelder
Snippet:DES 56 - Although sustaining biodiversity features in the environment policies of BDP members, few EDG notes have addressed the issue directly, yet buildings and associated structures can have a...


Title:Santos Headquarters, Adelaide – 5 Star Green Star CBD Office Tower
Author:Chris Watkins, Christie Medhurst and Graham Dyus
Snippet:CAS 51 - Santos Headquarters was the first building in South Australia to achieve both the 5 Star Green Star Office Design and the 5 Star Green Star Office As-Built certified ratings. It also ac...


Title:Air Leakage In Buildings – Review of International Literature and Standards
Author:Mark B Luther
Snippet:TEC 23 - This paper reviews the information available internationally on air leakage and testing of buildings, and reviews the systems and standards available. This paper and its companion paper...


Title:Comparing Simulated to Actual Energy Consumption in Two Office Buildings
Author:Annie Egan
Snippet:DES 26 - This paper describes the modelling of two Australian office buildings in a capital city using building simulation. The energy use predicted by the building modelling is compared with...


Title:Designing, Managing and Retrofitting Non-Residetial Buildings to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Author:Stephen Pupilli
Snippet:DES 39 - This note, DES 39, originally published in August 2000, was reviewed by Stephen Pupilli in June 2005.   Energy consumption related to Australia's non-residential buildings...


Title:Green roofs for energy efficiency – a simulation study in Australian climates
Author:November 2016 | EDG 88 AA Green roofs for energy efficiency – a simulation study in Australian climates Arjun Adhikari and Warwick Savvas with contributing reviewer Ian Dixon
Snippet:November 2016 | EDG 88 AA Green roofs for energy efficiency – a simulation study in Australian climates Arjun Adhikari and Warwick Savvas with contributing reviewer Ian Dixon This paper describes ho...


Title:Retrofitting Residential Buildings to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Author:Lindsay Johnston
Snippet:DES 38 - The University of Newcastle, NSW This note DES 38, originally published in August 2000, was reviewed by Lindsay Johnston in October 2005. The information herein is considered conte...


Title:Distributed Energy and Power
Author:Martin H Thomas
Snippet:TEC 17 - Large scale, highly reliable centralised electricity generation plants, typically fired by abundant high quality coal with electricity distributed via high voltage transmission systems ...


Title:Designing Buildings that Actually Perform
Author:Dr Paul Bannister
Snippet:GEN 65 - The Australian Building Greenhouse Rating (ABGR) scheme is a performance based rating scheme for office buildings. Although originally intended as a rating system for existing buildings...


Title:Mind the Gap: Predicted vs. Actual Performance of Green Buildings
Author:Brett Pollard
Snippet:EDG 66 BP - This paper reviews the major North American and Australian sustainability rating tools to determine how they measure building energy performance. It then reviews the major buildin...


Title:Designing User-Friendly Passive Buildings
Author:Ania Hampton
Snippet:EDG 67 AH - Passive design is a fundamental feature of good building design. Going further than just good orientation and fabric design, designers are looking to integrate natural ventilation...


Title:GHG Emission Reduction in Buildings – The Need for Further Policy Beyond Emissions Trading 
Author:Alan Pears
Snippet:GEN 81 - The paper Building Energy/Climate Change Regulation and Emissions Trading: How will they interact? was written for the Australian Building Codes Board in March 2008. It has been updated...


Title:Daylighting of Buildings
Author:Nancy Ruck
Snippet:DES 6 - This note, DES 6, originally published in August 2000, was revised and rewritten by Nancy Ruck in August 2001. The information herein is considered contemporary and relevant. Daylighting...


Title:Green Buildings and Productivity
Author:Brian Purdey
Snippet:GEN 67 - This note provides building design professionals and other green-building stakeholders with an overview of the complex interrelationships which must be managed if green buildings are to...


Title:GHG Emission Reduction in Buildings – How Does Emissions Trading Relate?
Author:Alan Pears
Snippet:GEN 80 - The paper Building Energy/Climate Change Regulation and Emissions Trading: How will they interact? was written for the Australian Building Codes Board in March 2008. It has been updated...


Title:Residential Retrofitting: Current Practice and Emerging Directions – Summary of a BEIIC Report
Author:M Dave, D Prasad
Snippet:GEN 86 - Residential buildings account for around 13 per cent of the Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions, and numerous studies have identified energy efficiency in residential buildings as on...


Title:Design for Adaptability — An Introduction to the Principles and Basic Strategies
Author:Peter Graham
Snippet:Feb 2005 | GEN 66 - Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment, UNSW This note introduces the concept of Design for Adaptability as an essential strategy for creating sustainable buildings.&nbs...


Title:A Basic Guide to the Daylighting of Buildings
Author:Steve Coyne and Gillian Isoardi
Snippet:DES 63 - The impetus for this note largely derives from both authors' recent experiences presenting the 'Best Practices in Lighting' seminar series in mid 2004.  Many attendees raised conce...


Title:How Data Collection Can Help in Understanding Buildings in Operation
Author:Peter Dickinson
Snippet:TEC 19 - Regular data collection of a building's energy and water use provides building owners/operators with a real understanding and insight into the actual operation of their buildings. ...


Title:Thermal Comfort in School Buildings in the Tropics
Author:Kerrie Prescott
Snippet:DES 42 - In the mid 1990's the 'need' to mechanically air condition school buildings became a political issue in North Queensland. Research suggests that school children are susceptible to heat ...


Title:Education for the Next Industrial Revolution - Teaching resource efficiency and resource effectiveness as aspects of environment
Author:Peter Graham
Snippet:GEN 31 - This note, GEN 31, originally published in November 1999, was reviewed by Peter Graham in August 2004. The information herein is considered contemporary and relevant.  Why an EDG n...


Title:Life Cycle Energy Analysis
Author:Robert Crawford
Snippet:March 2012 | EDG 71 RC - - (LCEA) is a method of assessing both the operational and embodied energy of buildings over their lifetime. It is an easily-conducted form of Life Cycle Assessment (...


Title:Impact of Indoor Environment Quality on Occupant Productivity and Well-being in Office Buildings
Author:Phillip J Paevere
Snippet:GEN 79 - Good Indoor Environment Quality (IEQ) can have a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and productivity of occupants in office buildings.  Productivity benefits can potentially ...


Title:Realising Air Leakage in Australian Housing
Author:Mark B Luther
Snippet:TEC 24 - Air tightness of Australian buildings is a great unknown. Despite testing methods being developed and implemented in many advanced European and North American countries, this has not ha...


Title:Sustainable Metropolitan Transport – Design Strategies
Author:David Engwicht
Snippet:DES 16 - This Note outlines how architects can use the design of buildings to help create sustainable transport systems and a more vibrant public domain. Click here to go to paper ...


Title:Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Passive Downdraft Evaporative Cooling and Air Conditioned Buildings at the Torrent Research Centre, Ahmedabad, India
Author:Leena Thomas and George Baird
Snippet:CAS 42 - Post occupancy evaluations of buildings are noted for their ability to provide vital feedback regarding a building's performance in use.  In addition to obtaining physical measurem...


Title:Strategies and Resources for Material Selection
Author:Andrew Walker-Morison, Tim Grant & Scott McAlister
Snippet:PRO 8 - Centre for Design, RMIT University This is the companion Note to Thermal Insulation in Domestic Buildings for Temperate Climates: An Introduction. It provides an overview of available t...


Title:Phase Change Materials – Overview
Author:Phil Sheppard
Snippet:TEC 20 - Centre for Sustainable Engineering, UK This paper introduces phase change materials (PCMs) as an alternative energy storage methodology to current latent heat exchange systems commonly...


Title:Newcastle CSIRO Energy Centre
Author:Jason Veale
Snippet:CAS 43 - The CSIRO's Energy Centre at Newcastle has many innovative energy saving and renewable energy generation systems.  The Centre explores new methods of using a mix of natural ventila...


Title:Sustainable Design – A Client Briefing
Author:Lorina Nervegna
Snippet:DES 5 - This paper was originally published in August 1995 and reviewed by the BDP Environment Design Guide Planning and Development Committee in November 2000. It has now been fully revised and...


Title:Energy Management and Occupant Well-Being through Integrated Lighting Control
Author:Steve Coyne
Snippet:TEC 16 - There are significant opportunities to effect an improvement in the energy efficiency and energy management of lighting systems in buildings through integrated lighting controls. This i...


Title:Best Practice in Lighting — Quality and Sustainability
Author:David Oppenheim
Snippet:Aug 2004 | GEN 61 - This Note has been written to show firstly, where lighting design fits into the overall sustainability context, and secondly, to show how lighting design forms an integral pa...


Title:Persuasive Design and Building User Engagement
Author:Gerard Healey
Snippet:EDG 66 GH - To perform well, buildings require not only good design and construction but also good operation – and designers cannot dismiss operation as the solely the responsibility of occ...


Title:Beyond Carbon Neutrality: Strategies for Reductive and Restorative Sustainability
Author:David Baggs
Snippet:Sept 2010 | PRO 38 - David Baggs looks at the role of the built environment in our un-sustainability and explores the full spectrum of strategies and solutions as to how our buildings might beco...


Title:The Impact of Veranda on a Single-Sided, Naturally Ventilated Building
Author:M F Mohamed, D Prasad, S King
Snippet:DES 80 - Single-sided ventilation is the poor cousin of cross-ventilation. Many ratings schemes do not even recognise the benefits of single-sided ventilation strategies. But rising building...


Title:Implementing Energy Efficiency and ESD from a Development Perspective
Author:David Hood
Snippet:GEN 60 - This note discusses the difficulties currently being experienced in implementing Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) from a development perspective.  It looks at what motiva...


Title:Climate Change Adaptation for Building Designers: An Introduction
Author:Mark Snow and Deo Prasad
Snippet:EDG 66 MSa - Adapting building designs for climate change is about managing the unavoidable. While there is debate around what level of adaptation is needed, there is growing awareness that desi...


Title:The Erskine Building, Canterbury University, Christchurch – A Case Study of Building Performance
Author:George Baird
Snippet:CAS 56 - George Baird, author of Sustainable Buildings in Practice – What the Users Think, presents a post-occupancy evaluation of Canterbury University’s Erskine Building. Although it has b...


Title:Green Star — A User’s Perspective
Author:Peter James
Snippet:GEN 63 - Over the last half-year or so we, (Sustainable Built Environments Pty Ltd), have carried out the 'Green Star Professional Role' on two projects, and undertaken preliminary assessments f...


Title:Beyond Codified Comfort: Building Design and Performance
Author:Geoff Clark
Snippet:September 2012 | EDG 74 GC - Increasingly, the designed solution to building performance is being replaced by the engineered solution. The reasons for this are a) the architectural profess...


Title:Emerging Technologies in Ventilation
Author:Dr Mark B Luther and Dr Zhengdong Chen
Snippet:TEC 12 - Innovation in ventilation systems is becoming an increasingly popular and targeted topic of architectural discourse. Architects, consultants and contractors are introducing new products...


Title:Thermal Mass in Building Design
Author:David Baggs and Neal Mortensen
Snippet:May 2006 | DES 4 - This paper was originally published in August 1995. It has now been fully reviewed by the authors and republished to reflect updates to the topic since original publication. T...


Title:Building the Scheme to Deliver Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions
Author:David Hood and Glenn Hedges
Snippet:GEN 78 - Australia’s infrastructure is critical for our economic well-being, but it also impacts significantly on our social and environmental capital. Unlike the property sector where there i...


Title:Building Materials Selection – Greenhouse Strategies
Author:Dr Graham Treloar and Dr Roger Fay
Snippet:DES 35 - This note, DES 35, originally published in August 2000, was reviewed by Dr Graham Treloar in June 2005. This summary page includes recent updates to the topic since publication. This N...


Title:Office Building Retrofit at 55 St Andrews Place, Melbourne – Turning a Sparrow into a Peacock
Author:Roger Kluske and David Clark
Snippet:CAS 52 - This article describes the upgrade of an existing government building, 55 St Andrews Place in Melbourne’s Treasury Reserve, utilising an unconventional design process and with a stron...


Title:Design for Disassembly – Themes and Principles
Author:Philip Crowther
Snippet:August 2005 | DES 31 - The disassembly of buildings to recover materials and components for future reuse is not widely practiced in the modern construction industry.  This note covers a ran...


Title:A Practical Guide to Life Cycle Assessment of Buildings
Author:Dominique Hes
Snippet:May 2012 | EDG 72 DH - This note aims to provide an overview of how LCA is being applied in the building area, and to give practical guidance on using LCA and other life cycle approaches. It...


Title:Integrated Design Process Incorporating Lighting
Author:Mark B. Luther
Snippet:DES 62 - This paper provides a step-by-step design and decision making process towards an energy-efficient and user accepted lighting system.  The past few decades have challenged our light...


Title:Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)
Author:Mark Snow and Deo Prasad
Snippet:EDG 68 MS - This note deals with architectural issues associated with photovoltaic (PV) power systems integrated into building design. It follows on from EDG note TEC 4, ‘Photovoltaic Cells ...


Title:Mobile Architecture and Built Environment Laboratory (MABEL) – a Building Performance Evaluation Tool
Author:Mark B Luther and Dirk A Schwede
Snippet:DES 69 - This paper describes the Mobile Architecture and Built Environment Laboratory (MABEL) and its application for systematic building performance evaluation for compliance testing, commissi...


Title:District Cooling Case Study–James Cook University, Townsville
Author:
Snippet:CAS 54 - Craig McClintock James Cook University is building the largest central energy chilled water plant, incorporating stratified chilled water storage, in Australia. The plant will provide th...


Title:Positive Development: Designing for Net Positive Impacts
Author:Janis Birkeland
Snippet:GEN 4 - This paper challenges the prevalent 'green building' design approach that treats nature as a resource rather than a living eco-system(s), and aims only to minimise the net negative impac...


Title:Timber use in Residential Construction and Demolition
Author:Fabiano Ximenes, Misheck Kapambwe and Rodney Keenan
Snippet:PRO 36 - Residential construction accounts for about 70 per cent of the total volume of sawn timber consumed in Australia, with the majority of the wood used for framing applications. Wood produ...


Title:Remote Area Building and Sustainable Development
Author:Simon Scally
Snippet:December 2011 | EDG 70 SS - This note discusses approaches to sustainable design in remote, rural and regional areas.Based on the author's experiences in the Top End, it recommends approaches ...


Title:Carbon Emissions from Domestic Appliances
Author:Peter W Newton and Selwyn Tucker
Snippet:DES 73 - As Australia and other countries redouble efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, it is important to appreciate not only the total emissions challenge, but the potential for carb...


Title:Sustainable Housing Using Lightweight Cellular Concrete
Author:Swee Mak, Seongwon Seo, Michael Ambrose, Leigh Gesthuizen
Snippet:PRO 1 - Using lightweight technologies, such as precast cellular concrete wall panels, provides an opportunity to reduce the environmental footprint of construction materials, through the gen...


Title:Non-Residential Building Environmental Rating Tools – A Review of the Australian Market
Author:Ania Hampton and Lauren Clay
Snippet:March 2016 | EDG 85 AH - There are a number of environmental rating tools for non-residential buildings in the Australian market. Some rate a project based on its design features, whereas others ...


Title:Residential Building Sustainability Rating Tools in Australia
Author:Usha Iyer-Raniga, Trivess Moore and Kendra Wasiluk
Snippet:August 2014 | EDG 80 UR - The built environment is a significant contributor to anthropogenic climate change, primarily through the increasing demand for fossil fuel energy and increasing total n...


Title:Carbon Emissions form Domestic Local Energy Generation
Author:Peter W Newton and Selwyn Tucker
Snippet:DES 75 - The Australian residential sector accounts for approximately 9.5 per cent of the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions and offers significant opportunities for mitigation to which househo...


Title:DES 76 Carbon Emissions from Dwellings - Transitioning to Zero Carbon Housing
Author:
Snippet:DES 76 Carbon Emissions from Dwellings - Transitioning to Zero Carbon Housing Peter Newton and Selwyn Tucker The residential sector has been identified as one of the most prospective for signific...


Title:Sustainability Rating Tools – A snapshot study
Author:Dr Usha Iyer-Raniga and Kendra Wasiluk
Snippet:DES 70 | February 2007 - Worldwide, there are over one hundred tools dealing with various aspects of sustainability.  The aspects of sustainability included in the rating tools are different...





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