Future of net zero, urban design


Two major changes need to take place for Australia to make the next improvement to the design, construction and operation of climate-resilient net-zero buildings.

These changes are architectural fashion and building practice, according to Jeff Robinson, director of buildings at Aurecon.

Current designs for high-rise commercial, institutional and residential buildings are not suited to the climate emergency the world is currently facing.

In New York and London, energy regulations are making it more difficult to pursue glass architecture and leading architects are adopting more climate-friendly architecture.

The other area that needs to change is the way buildings are constructed in Australia, construction lags behind many parts of Europe in terms of insulation performance and airtightness.

To achieve net zero goals and build future-proof buildings, construction practices must change.

While some developers see Passive House certification as a way to ensure building envelope performance and enable net zero design, this presentation discusses lessons learned during the design and construction of the two largest buildings. from Australia.

Both were designed according to passive house principles.

During this ARBS session, Robinson will discuss the opportunities and challenges of rapidly improving the insulation and airtightness of large-scale Australian buildings.

Robinson worked as a consulting engineer for over 34 years in London, Ireland and most recently in Melbourne.

He has an industry-wide reputation as a passionate advocate of great architecture and urban design.

He also advocates for the construction industry to reduce operational carbon and chairs a task force that focuses on transforming the construction services supply chain.


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