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DWP wins award for coworking community space

DWP has won the Gold Award for their ‘Glowfish Office’ in the category of Workspace Interiors at the World Interiors News Awards 2019.

Located on the busy 19th and 20th floor of the Sathorn Nakorn building in Bangkok, Thailand, Glowfish’s serviced offices are ready-to-use meeting rooms (that can be rented hourly) and event spaces that serve high-performance local and international ‘millenial’ start-up companies, scaleup, SMEs and large organisations who need a temporary hub.

DWP’s innovative office design is conceptualised to increase productivity, support business growth as well as customers’ lifestyle choices by creating a relaxed, creative interior with natural light, practical facilities, and a sustainable space.   Industrial, raw and natural materials were mainly used for this project including concrete, wood, metal and a vertical garden to soften the environment, mood and tone.

The active reception with barista bar and hot desk working area is a hub formed from concrete and surrounded by a natural, green environment. The design reflects the inclusive culture and partnership approach to working with clients. The reception opens up to the larger community space that provides a single location for staff to work, socialise and hold community events.

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Full house for residential projects review

November GSLF Deborah Craig presentation We had a full-house turn out to hear insights on sustainable, residential projects at this month’s Green Speed Learning Forum (GSLF) held on November 13 at Sneaky Sneaky (formerly Tonic Cafe & Bar).

Andy Ling from Positive Change Buildings discussed the renovation of a post-war Queenslander using the Living Building Challenge which is widely considered to be the most stringent green building standard in the world.  Andy took us through the flower metaphor for the framework and explained its seven performance areas including: site, water, energy, health and happiness, materials, equity and beauty and how these were incorporated into his project.

Deborah Craig of Borgelt & Craig Architects shared personal insight into the question of whether to retain or demolish an old timber cottage when designing a project on an existing house block.  Deborah discussed two projects, one in which a building was demolished and the other retained, and talked through the sustainable building approaches that were taken for each.

Paul Worroll presented examples of adaptive re-use and the lessons learnt by Reddog Architects. Paul took us through two innovative residential projects where he encouraged his clients to create outdoor pavillions and living areas rather than incorporate air conditioning. 

Thanks go out to all our speakers: Andy Ling, Deborah Craig and Paul Worroll, and sponsors BE Collective, Sneaky Sneaky (formerly Tonic Cafe and Bar), and Verde Design.

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Gold Coast identified as climate change hotspot

The Gold Coast is facing more flooding and fires within the next century due to changing climate risks according to a report from risk analysis firm, Climate Risk.

The report analysed how changing climate risks would impact upon insurance premiums across the country, with data suggesting one in six Gold Coast properties could become uninsurable due to an increased frequency of natural disasters and a projected sea level rise of 80 centimetres by 2100.   It projects that more than half of the current addresses in the suburbs of Palm Beach, Broadbeach Waters, and Bundall may face unaffordable insurance premiums by 2100, with potential increases of up to 55.5 per cent by 2050.

The City of Gold Coast’s climate change strategy expired in 2014 and has not been revised since. Mayor Tom Tate said while there were no immediate plans to revise the strategy, climate change has been factored into the council’s proposed City Plan.

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Mirvac to deliver net zero homes trial

Mirvac is set to deliver a $350 million project featuring net zero, high performance, energy efficient and affordable housing in Altona North in Melbourne.

The new master planned community is called The Fabric and will trial net zero homes across the entire first stage of 49 townhouses. ARENA is contributing $784,000 in funding to support the trial.

“Through this project, Mirvac will be able to offer home buyers features that will help reduce energy use, energy bills and emissions from the beginning,” ARENA chief executive Darren Miller said.

The homes will achieve a NatHERS ratings of at least seven stars and operational net zero for energy, which is expected to deliver annual savings of up to $3000 on energy bills for occupants.

Gas will not be connected, and the all-electric homes will feature five-kilowatt peak (5kWp) photovoltaic solar panels and 10 kilowatt hours (10kWh) of battery storage, smart-home energy monitoring, high-performing lighting, heat-pump hot water systems, all-electric appliances, roof ventilation, efficient reverse-cycle airconditioning, and EV charging.

High-performance double glazed windows, thicker than standard walls and upgraded wall and roof insulation will improve the overall thermal performance, reducing the need to use aircon for heating or cooling.

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Biometric architect says regenerative design needed

Biometric architect Michael Pawlyn says architects should go beyond  creating sustainable architecture that minimises damage to the planet and designing buildings that help repair it. Pawlyn is the founder of Exploration Architecture, known for biomimetic architecture like the Sahara Forest Project (pictured).  He says standards like the Living Building Challenge that promote regenerative design should become compulsory.

Pawlyn says that if the industry is to truly help tackle the multiple environmental challenges of today, architects must design buildings that give more than they take.  He believes the solution is regenerative design – the development of restorative and renewable systems where output is always greater than input, beneficial for humans and other species.  In his opinion, the best way that architects can create regenerative architecture is by using biomimicry.  Read the full interview with Michael Pawlyn at Dezeen

Image:  The Sahara Forest Project (Credit: Dezeen)

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