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This edition’s feature provides a round up of our 2016 EDG Notes, covering a cross-section of new and updated notes. Our 2016 notes are just a small sample of an extensive range of notes available on EDG for subscribers, A+, graduate and student members to view. Individual notes are also available for purchase here. For topical notes from the EDG database, view this issue's feature archive notes. You can search notes by keywords, topic or climate zone in the EDG Sortable Index which can be downloaded or viewed online. Keep posted on EDG news for new and updated notes in 2017.

Belinda Strickland, Environment Design Guide Editor
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Image: The 2016 MPavilion, Melbourne, designed by Studio Mumbai,
deployed bamboo using traditional Indian construction techniques.
Photo: John Gollings


Feature - EDG notes 2016

Regenerative development through LENSES with a case study of Seacombe West

EDG 88 JP, Nov 2016:
This paper outlines regenerative development and describes the process of using the LENSES Framework, including a case study of Seacombe West in Victoria, where regenerative development and LENSES have been used to guide the master planning process.

Image: Seacombe West
design workshop.
Photo: EDG 88 JP authors

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Green roofs for energy efficiency – a simulation study in Australian climates

EDG 88 AA, Nov 2016: Contributing to discourse on the consideration of green roofs for thermal performance in Australia, this note describes how: 'green roofs influence the energy performance of a hypothetical commercial office building in each of the Australian Building Code Board’s eight climate zones of Australia'. 

Image: Green roof – Kangan Automotive Centre of Excellence by ASPECT Studios.
Photo: Andrew Lloyd

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Enabling play friendly

EDG 87 JD, Aug 2016:
A balanced mix of play activities is critical to a child’s development. This note articulates how the environments we design can influence the environmental and social factors that contribute to making a place more conducive for play, accompanied by design strategies. 

Image: Stawell Steps by Monash Architecture students and Japanese artist Hiroshi Nakao.
Photo: Peter Bennetts

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NCC Section J and commercial building facade design – 2016 update

EDG 86 MS, May 2016:
This note updates EDG 82 'BCA Section J and Commercial Building Facade Design' to reference the NCC 2016. Strategies and design charts are presented for different climate zones to enable commercial building designers to quickly design innovative, high-performance and NCC-compliant facade concepts.

Image: Library at the Dock by Clare Design + Hayball (Architect of Record). Photo: Dianna Snape
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Non-residential building environmental rating tools – a review of the Australian market

EDG 85 AH, Mar 2016:
This paper examines the most prevalent tools in the Australian market, summarising their application, method of rating, approximate costs and timing impacts. The tools are reviewed for their suitability for various project types and guidance is provided on selecting the most appropriate rating scheme.

Image: Sustainable Buildings Research Centre – University of Wollongong by Cox Richardson. Photo: John Gollings
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A summary of urban assessment tools for application in Australia

EDG 84 SJ, Feb 2016:
This paper provides an overview of international urban rating tools developed to assist with the regeneration of existing and new sustainable communities and cities, particularly those supported for use in Australia. The note covers the structure, themes and output of the tools, as well as the use and uptake in Australia.

Image: The Curtin University Masterplan, Curtin University in consultation with Aecom and Donaldson and Warn. Image: Courtesy Curtin University
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In the news

Nightingale 2.0 approved for no carparking

Nightingale Housing is an architect-driven model, pioneered by Jeremy McLeod of Breathe Architecture to promote sustainable outcomes in residential development. In recent news, Nightingale 2.0 and 3.0 (by Six Degrees and Austin Maynard Architects respectively) have both passed through approvals to be exempt from car parking provision.

Catch EDG's 2016 interview with Jeremy on The Commons and the Nightingale model here

Image: Nightingale 2.0, Fairfield, Melbourne.
Credit: Simon O’Brien, Six Degrees Architects

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D/A Daylight & Architecture

'Daylight Matter(s)' Issue 26 explores the interplay of light, human health and wellbeing through four case studies. The edition includes recent research on the impact of daylight on our health and wellbeing and a reflective essay by Juhani Pallasmaa. Available to view online. 

Image: Glass ceiling by the late Leonard French, NGV, Melbourne. Credit: Rory Hyde via Wikimedia Commons
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Events & training

Buildings that Breathe

Jointly delivered by Brisbane City Council, the Australian Institute of Architects and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, the Buildings that Breathe CPD will discuss the recently updated New World City Design Guide: Buildings that Breathe, alongside 'buildings that breathe' case studies. A copy of the guide can be downloaded here.

When: Thurs 2 Mar
Where: Brisbane

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Green Cities Conference

A line-up of local and international speakers will explore the theme Fast forward to the future, alongside site tours and masterclasses at this year’s Green Cities Conference. What does a sustainable built environment look like? What are the biggest innovations and ideas, trends and technologies that helped us get there?

When: 6-8 Mar
Where: Sydney

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Asia Pacific Architecture Forum

Through exhibitions, symposia, tours and workshops, the Asia Pacific Architecture Forum will examine the opportunities that the emerging Asian century presents for architects, designers and planners.

Speakers at the
symposium component
include Shigeru Ban.

When: 18-31 Mar
Where: Brisbane

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National Architecture Conference

Curated by National President Prof Ken Maher and Prof Helen Lochhead, this year's conference PRAXIS: Process.Propositions.Production, features a program of diverse modes of practice. Projects will be examined through the lens of design thinking, design process and design actions. A fringe event schedule, exclusively available to delegates, will complement the conference program.

When: 4-6 May
Where: Sydney
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Feature archive notes

Architecture, planning and food

EDG 73 JD, July 2012: Modern cities make it harder to access quality food and are increasingly separating us from places of food production. This note seeks to suggest opportunities to ensure that food, in its broadest sense, can be brought into the design process. 
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Circulating fans for summer and winter comfort and indoor energy efficiency

TEC 25, Nov 2007. In both summer and winter conditions, the addition of circulating fans can contribute to both energy efficiency and thermal comfort. This note discusses the fundamentals of air flow; its benefits and application.

Written by Richard Aynsley (author of popular note: Natural ventilation in passive design).
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