Home tome

Home tome

The federal government has published the sixth edition of Your Home, an independent guide to environmentally sustainable homes.

Your Home provides advice on designs, materials and appliances that can make homes more comfortable and sustainable when building, buying or renovating. Written by more than 50 experts in building design and construction, it contains the latest details on emerging energy efficiency technologies, sustainable design practices, and construction systems for the residential building sector. The information is relevant across all states and territories, and includes references to Australian Standards and the National Construction Code.

The latest edition includes new and updated content on technological advances in building and design including batteries, solar PV, roof and wall insulation, cladding systems, lighting and appliances.

Other new information covers building in bushfire-prone areas, how to achieve Passive House standards, building using hemp masonry, and the latest information on renewable materials and energy systems. There is also updated guidance on condensation and airtightness, energy efficiency in apartments and common-area upgrades, as well as building homes that are resilient to a changing climate.

Feasibility study of wastewater energy transfer for an existing campus building cluster

Feasibility study of wastewater energy transfer for an existing campus building cluster

The HVAC-related energy usage of a group of three existing buildings on a Canadian university campus (the “Cluster”) was simulated. Two scenarios were compared: (1) an ambient loop paired with conventional HVAC equipment (boiler plant and cooling tower), and (2) an ambient loop using wastewater energy transfer (“WET”). The study aimed to assess the feasibility of implementing WET as a heating and cooling method for cold-climate institutional buildings, as well as to measure the effects of WET implementation on energy usage, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy costs

Wooden Performance

Wooden Performance

One of three  similar facilities to be built in regional Victoria, the Ballarat GovHub is helping to revitalise the CBD of this regional centre and centralise government services in the area by accommodating up to 1,000 workers. Mass timber is at the heart of the...

Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift

Over the past decade the HVAC industry has experienced a maturity in fault- detection diagnostics. From a technical standpoint this has resulted in historical analytics, streaming analytics, forecasting, modelling, and a welter of other innovations changing the way to...

Planning for performance

Reducing emissions and cutting costs is the impetus for a new government initiative.The Australian federal government has commenced work to develop a National Energy Performance Strategy.  “For too long, Australia’s efforts at reducing emissions and cutting energy...

Peak Performance

Peak Performance

A Danish power plant that converts trash to energy just happens to also be a year-round ski slope. Welcome to CopenHill in Copenhagen, billed as the cleanest waste-to-energy power plant in the world. But it’s another aspect of the facility that has really captured...

The enthusiast

The enthusiast

Dr Stephen White, F.AIRAH, has been name the winner of the 2022 James Harrison Medal, AIRAH’s highest individual honour. Ecolibrium broke bread with him about the news.How does it feel to be recognised by winning AIRAH’s highest honour? I feel surprised, humbled,...

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