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Building T, Deakin University

Published: 29 February 2004

Building T at Deakin University, Burwood in Victoria was designed by DesignInc.  The development, located in Melbourne's eastern suburbs, utilises thermal mass and hybrid ventilation systems.  This case study provides a detailed evaluation of the ...

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Comparative service life assessment of window systems

Published: 30 November 2007 | Edited: 30 October 2018

This note was reviewed and approved in October 2018 - not applicable for update. The BRANZ research organisation investigated the environmental implications of 51 alternative archetype window and door systems commonly available in the Australian ...

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The environmental impact of building materials

Published: 31 May 2007

This note reviews the quantities and types of building materials use internationally and in Australia, with projected trends for Australia to 2055. It introduces methods available to evaluate environmental impacts and then goes onto analyse current ...

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Kelvin Grove Urban Village

Published: 30 November 2005

Kelvin Grove Urban Village is the first inner-city development of its kind in Australia. It is a master-planned community that demonstrates best practice in sustainable, mixed-use urban development, and brings together educational, residential, ...

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This paper provides a critique of the Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) paradigm by discussing its congruence with an established sustainable design principle called 'whole system design'. It was found that WSUD is congruent with the whole system ...

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This is one of three companion papers taken from a study that assesses the comparative costs of urban redevelopment with the costs of greenfield development. The first paper, The costs of urban sprawl – infrastructure and transportation, showed that ...

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Green Building

Published: 30 June 1999 | Edited: 14 December 2018

This note was reviewed in December 2018 and retained for legacy. This note, originally published in June 1999, was reviewed by David Hood in January 2005. The information herein is considered still relevant although there is much contemporary ...

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This note discusses how the quantity surveyor's skills can be harnessed in the development of environmentally sustainable design.  It focuses on the skills of managing quantity and the relationship of quantity to cost and environmental performance.

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A basic guide to the daylighting of buildings

Published: 30 November 2004

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 concerns about not having sufficient basic knowledge of lighting (and in ...

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Design for adaptability – an introduction to the principles and basic strategies

Published: 28 February 2005 | Edited: 3 October 2018

This note was reviewed and approved for currency in October 2018, with qualification that some references and resources are now superseded. This note introduces the concept of design for adaptability as an essential strategy for creating sustainable ...

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