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APHA Newsletter July 2018
EVENTS
SYDNEY SYMPOSIUM - SAVE THE DATE!

Our first major Sydney Australian Passive House Association event is happening on Wednesday 26th  September 2018 at Sydney University.
 
Bringing together  topics including ‘Responsible Housing and the Social & Environmental Implications’, ‘Implementing Passive House in Australia’, and to look at technical details, a Southern hemisphere case study or two, plus building and completing a Passive House – the value proposition of Passive House.

Speakers will include Oliver Steele, Clare Parry, Sean Maxwell, Joel Seagren, and Jesse Clarke. While tickets are not yet on sale, more details on the program and how to register will be available soon. 
 
If you missed out on the Melbourne SPPHC in May, then this one day event is for you!
 
 
 
THE FERN SITE TOUR IN SYDNEY

We had a great turn out for our Friday 13th July tour with over 70 people in attendance.

It was fantastic hearing Oliver Steele of Steele & Associates discuss the intricacies of planning and building the first Passive House apartments in Sydney. Attendees were informed through a slide presentation about the design, planning and cost comparisons, and saw how spaces were manipulated to work.

They also were able to view the slip form concrete that was being prepared for openings and natural finish which could be touched and smelt (yes, it had a particular scent!), and the planned green wall atrium. The project is about to launch into the finishing trades with the aim for completion to be in October.

The Fern is progressing well, and it was satisfying to see HRV’s and glazing (triple in this case, being so close to the train line and high volume road) being used to provide comfortable indoor environments for future inhabitants.

We are looking forward to hearing an update from Oliver Steele in late September at the Sydney Symposium.

 
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

The Passive House Institute of New Zealand are excited to announce the dates for the next South Pacific Passive House Conference!

Mark your calendars for 8-10 February 2019. The conference will be held at Victoria University Wellington NZ and will feature a trade show and industry awards. 

To find out more click here.

NEWS
APHA TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP UPDATE

APHA’s Technical Working Group (TWG) is moving forward with a number of initiatives to streamline new Passive House projects, the most important being a submission for a compliance pathway in the residential 2022 code updates.
 
To assist in this process, the TWG is calling for case studies of existing Passive House projects or ones currently under construction. If you are designing or building a Passive House project, please contact technicalwg@passivehouseaustralia.org for more information.
 
We are also pleased to announce Aysh Venkatesan will be the Australian Representative for PHI’s Technical Forum. This will serve as an important link to PHI in Germany – both to download new information from PHI and to seek formal clarification to questions raised by APHA members.

If you would like to get involved with the work of our Technical Working Group, please email Marcus Strang to find out more.
APHA MARKETING/EVENTS/TRAINING WORKING GROUP UPDATE

Our working group has been busy developing a range of videos, as well as information about Passive House events around Australia. These include interest in the Sydney Icebox Challenge being carried out in other states, preparation for the Sydney Symposium event and creating content for future articles. 
 
We have also been reviewing the current Passive House training available in Australia and the future is looking bright. Details will be made available as soon as they are confirmed.

We are also aware that there will be requirements for some certified professionals in the future to require CPD to maintain PH currency. This is being investigated, as keeping the carbon footprint low in building also needs to be sustainable in training for the Southern Hemisphere.

If you are an APHA member and you would like to get involved in our work please email sydney@passivehouseaustralia.org, even if it is just to tell us about a Passive House event you are attending, or have participated in. Your summary may be published in our newsletter soon. Include a good photograph and about 300 words. We look forward to hearing from you!
FEATURES

PHPP ACCEPTED AS ALTERNATE SOLUTION UNDER BCA

ACT Architect and APHA member Ian Brumby reports on a progressive precedent which has been established for Building Code of Australia (BCA) Section J compliance using the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP). 
Ian writes:

A letter prepared by the Project Certifier with information drawn from the PHPP workbook forms the basis of the performance based alternate solution, which can be accepted by the BCA Building Certifier as evidence of compliance with The Building Code of Australia. 
 
This avoids the expense, time, and duplication of effort required for a separate NatHERs certificate.  It represents a saving of approximately $530.00 for each dwelling or unit. The precedent was established for a two unit multi-unit dwelling in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), designed by Ian Brumby, Architect. 
 
This approach has particular application when the proprietor has made a commitment to registered certified passive house, and engaged a PHI qualified Project Certifier.  In this case Mr Luc Plowman, the Project Certifier independently prepared the required letter, with supporting information drawn from the PHPP workbook and thermal bridge analysis, prepared by Ian Brumby, Architect.    
 
I believe that using this approach will reinforce recognition of the Passive House Institute’s - PHPP tool as a reliable predictive design tool. It encourages clients to commit to projects that comply with passive house design criteria, and provides an additional reason for adopting registered passive house, over the unregistered variety. 
 
PHPP offers the significant advantage over NatHERS of being a predictive design tool.  PHPP takes into account air tightness, heat losses into the ground, heat losses from slab edges. This precedent is an important milestone that contributes to the work of the Australian Passive House Association, and promotes the recognition of PHPP as a useful and reliable design tool in Australia. 
 
The Team:
Architect: Mr Ian Brumby, Architect, e: ian.brumby@xtra.co.nz
PHPP Advisor and Consultant: Mr Harley Truong, e: harley.truong@logikhaus.com.au
Passive House Certifier: Mr Luc Plowman, Detail Green  e: luc.plowman@detailgreen.com.au
BCA Certifier: Mr Jerome Monagle, BCA Certifiers Australia Pty Ltd e: mail@bcacerti
fiers.com.au

MEMBER PROFILE - DALE ROBERTS


PLEASE DESCRIBE YOURSELF
I am a qualified carpenter and have lived all my adult life on the Victorian Surfcoast or in Geelong. In my mid 20s I traveled and lived in Europe, North America and NZ after finishing my carpentry apprenticeship and worked as a carpenter in
all of these places.

Whilst in Germany I was introduced to the Passive House standard. I really admired the attention to detail and quality control I witnessed on Passive House projects and new that this way of building was for me.
 
When I returned to Australia I worked as a sub-contractor to a couple of builders and built my own home using the Passive House principles I had learned overseas. I then decided to complete my builder’s registration and started my own company with business partner Scott McClelland in 2014, our company Aphi Projects specializes in Passive House construction and have delivered one certified project with another in the certification process and a number of others built using the Passive House principles however will not be certified.

WHY ARE YOU A MEMBER OF APHA?
I am a member of APHA as I am passionate about the Passive House standard and think it needs all the support it can get to ensure it becomes a standardized method of construction within our industry.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU ABOUT PASSIVE HOUSE?
The quality of workmanship and attention to detail required to deliver a Passive House is what really inspires me. The thermal comfort is lovely too ;-)

FUN FACT ABOUT DALE: Ironically, I live in a 100-year-old solid brick home which is so far from a passive house it’s not funny. I can’t wait to build my own Passive House, so my family and I can enjoy the thermal comfort as many of our clients do.

Dale Roberts
dale@aphiprojects.com.au
m: 0427 431 026

If you would like to be featured in our Member Profile please email us at admin@passivehouseaustralia.org.
'PASSIVE IMPRESSIVE' ARTICLE

If you happened to miss out on attending SPPHC 2018, check out Clare Parry’s review in the latest Ecolibrium edition and catch up on her takeaways from this fantastic event here.
FIFTH ESTATE 'WHY I WANT TO LIVE IN A PASSIVE HOUSE' ARTICLE 

APHA Board member and Sydney architect Kylie Mills has her say on this topic and more in the latest editiion of the Fifth Estate. Read Kylie's article here
RESOURCES
BUILT TO PERFORM REPORT RELEASED 

Energy standards in Australia’s National Construction Code must be urgently upgraded if new buildings are to be fit for a zero carbon future, according to ABSEC's new report. 

Built to Perform, prepared by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) and ClimateWorks Australia, shows how setting stronger energy standards for new buildings in the Code could, between now and 2050, reduce energy bills by up to $27 billion, cut energy network costs by up to $7 billion and deliver at least 78 million tonnes of cumulative emissions savings.

Built to Perform: An Industry Led Pathway to a Zero Carbon Ready Building Code can be downloaded here.

Available for comment: 
Suzanne Toumbourou, Executive Director, ASBEC, 0423 407 467
Eli Court, Program Manager, ClimateWorks Australia, 0412 169 488
Professor Tony Arnel, Chair, ASBEC Building Code Task Group, 0408 480 686

PASSIVE HOUSE CERTIFICATION

Ever wondered about the nuts and bolts of getting a building Passive House certified? The Passive House Institute have an excellent guide available.

Get your free download here.

 
For Architect and Passive House expert Elrond Burrell’s take on this topic and more, read his highly informative blog https://elrondburrell.com/blog/ and https://via-architecture.net/blog/ 
 

GBCA WEBINAR - TUES 7 AUGUST

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has released ‘A Carbon Positive Roadmap for the built environment’, a discussion paper which establishes the steps required for commercial, institutional and government buildings and fitouts to decarbonise on a 1.5 degree trajectory.

This interactive webinar from 12.30 - 1.30pm on Tuesday 7th August will explore the roadmap in detail, and provide with an overview of the content. Paul Wall, Head of Group Sustainability & Energy, Dexus will also deliver a case study on what steps they are putting in place to move towards Carbon Positive.

Join the GBCA for this free webinar session to understand and discuss what is needed to help drive the decarbonisation of the built environment. 

To register click here. 


The Green List is a new directory/magazine for sustainable products and services in Australia and New Zealand.

An innovative marketplace, The Green List is crafted and curated by the team at The Fifth Estate, Australia’s leading publisher for sustainable business and the built environment. Check it out here.

US PUBLICATION 'PASSIVE HOUSE BUILDINGS' FREE E BOOK

Online US publication ‘Passive House Buildings’ contains some great examples of low and high rise buildings in their free e-book: ‘From Small to Extra Large – Passive House Rising to New Heights”.

To find out more click here.

TRAINING NEWS
MULTI-USER RESELLER AGREEMENT

The Passive House Institute has developed a concept for multi-user PHPP and designPH licences. The concept intends to improve the availability of PHPP and designPH licences and to facilitate the handling of the licence and registration for companies or universities. 

For more information click here

PEEL ONLINE COURSES

The Peel School of Passive House is a leading provider of Passive House training courses in North America. They are excited to announce the launch of four new online courses in addition to their "Intro to PHPP course". 

USING DESIGNPH FOR PASSIVE HOUSE DESIGN
HEAT 3 MODELLING
PHPP VARIANTS
VENTILATION IN LARGE PASSIVE HOUSE BUILDINGS

All courses are PHI accredited and PHI-affiliated and APHA members are eligible for a 10% discount. 

Click here to enrol, or find out more. 

PASSIVE HOUSE INTRO & DESIGNER CONSULTANT COURSES 

Beginning in September, Box Hill Institute will be holding the next round of Passive House courses and the internationally recognised exam at their Melbourne City Campus:
 
Passive House Introductory Course
Passive House Designer/Consultant Course
Passive House Designer/Consultant Exam
 

For further information or Box Hill Institute’s Passive House courses please click here. Or email Susan Morris at susan.morris@boxhill.edu.au or passivehouseenquiries@boxhill.edu.au.

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