San Francisco, California, USA
London, United Kingdom
Queensland’s tropical weather provides a lovely climate to live in for the majority of the year – however humidity in summer can lead even the toughest environmentalist to consider air-conditioning – even in buildings that have been constructed to achieve high environmental ratings.
In this presentation, Jonathan will revisit some of the ‘sustainability fundamentals’ that are often overlooked (or misapplied) in the race to achieve environmental ratings, and focus on how some of these fundamentals have been integrated into the German Passivhaus tool. Jonathan will summarise the Passivhaus requirements, identify some solutions – and highlight adaptations that may be advantageous for Brisbane’s sub-tropical climate.
Jonathan will also provide an introduction to BESS (Building Environment Sustainability Scorecard), the new Sustainability Planning tool that is gaining traction in Victoria, and could be rolled out across Australia. This is a tool that is considered at the building approval (concept design) stage of a project, and covers the whole range of buildings types, from a single building to an entire precinct.
- Obtain new knowledge about Passivhaus, its suitability for tropical climates and what Sustainability Fundamentals are regularly being overlooked in green buildings
- Gain an insight into the BESS tool, to both help those working on Victorian projects and to raise awareness allowing local Councils to consider its suitability for use in Queensland
- Share experience and knowledge (via war stories) within the presentation sharing lessons learnt on numerous projects
- Contribute to a better understanding (improved skills) of sustainability fundamentals, and the criticality of good internal environments
- Obtain new knowledge in relation to getting the fundamentals right, rather than taking a bolt-on or band-aid approach to sustainaibility
- Improved skills through a better understanding problems that can occur when sustainability principles are implemented incorrectly
Presentation and Interactive Workshop
Presenter: Jonathan Dalton – Director Viridis
Academic Qualifications: Bachelor of Engineering, Green Star, NABERS and ISCA Auditor and Trainer
Technical: 15 years delivering sustainable buildings
After delivering the first Green Star accredited building in Australia, Jonathan established Viridis in 2005 to push the boundaries of sustainability. Since then, Jonathan and his team have been helped develop many environmental rating tools, including Green Star, NABERS and Infrastructure Sustainability. More recently, Jonathan was the technical lead for the development of the BESS tool, combining and updating requirements from the STEPS (domestic) and SDS (commercial) sustainability tools.
Jonathan has a particular interest in Indoor Environment Quality, passive solutions - and the affect these two concepts can have on a child’s learning ability.
Competency Unit: Design
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