Exploring synergies with innovative Green Technologies for Advanced Renovation

Advanced Renovation Project

Australian Research Council Grant LP0669628

Richard Hyde, Professor of Architectural Science
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Australia

in conjunction with;

Dr Ken Yeang
T.R.Hamzak& Yeang SdN. Bhd, Malaysia
Llewelyn Davies Yeang, UK

Dr Nathan Groehhout
AECOM, Australia

Frank Barram
Integrated Energy Services, Australia
Ensight, Australia

Project Summary

Bioclimatic design involves the way buildings filter the relationship between humans and climate. There are principles for low and medium scale buildings, but work on the renovation of larger-scale buildings is limited. New research is needed involving new ‘green’ technologies, innovative synergies in the form and fabric of buildings and the provision of evidence of improved environmental performance. This will lead to the need for redefinition, new principles and concepts of bioclimatic design for renovation. Outcomes focus on a theory and practice handbook for improving large-scale buildings hence support the transformation of the building industry to a more sustainable future.

Summary of National Benefit

According to the Australian Greenhouse Office Report (AGO 1999) energy consumption through building accounts for nearly 27% of all energy related greenhouse gas emissions. In the same report it was estimate that by 2010, emissions from buildings will increase by 48% above 1990 levels. This projected trend is alarming, given that Australia is obliged under the Kyoto Protocol to limit greenhouse gas emissions to no more than 8%. The renovation of existing buildings is necessary if Australia is to effectively achieve this target. Research will address this problem by providing principles, strategies and solutions demonstrating improvement of environmental performance and cost benefits. The application of new principles will assist with transforming the building industry to meet the Kyoto targets.

Research Objectives

The derivation of bioclimatic concepts, principles, strategies for large-scale buildings relate to the following research objectives:

  1. Identification of various (green) technologies that can be employed to significantly improve the thermal and environmental performances of residential buildings and/or offices.
  2. Development of new innovative solution sets based on results identified in step (1) above.
  3. Modelling and simulation of a reference residential building and/or office for hot and moderate climatic zones.
  4. Modelling and simulation of residential and office buildings using the innovative solution sets developed in both warm and moderate climatic zones.
  5. Application of the synergy concept in the renovation of multi-residential buildings and offices.
  6. Assessing the environmental and cost performance benefits of these solution sets on the buildings and/or offices being renovated.
  7. Derivation of new bioclimatic concepts, principles and strategies for diffusion to industry.

The above research will lead to innovative applications of green technologies, which can be integrated into the renovation stage of residential and/or office buildings.

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