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Passive Design for Ventilation in Apartments

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on May 16th, 2012

Photo by John Gollings

From Maitiú Ward’s “Lilli Apartments” on Australian Design Review:

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Despite the challenges of working mainly within the tight constraints of high-rise residential development, it is Elenberg Fraser’s stated ambition to introduce one new environmental feature into every building it designs.

As Fraser describes it, to date Lilli is the most successful exploration of the wind-model driven, passive systems approach it has been developing. While aesthetically striking, the distinctive scalloped striations of Lilli’s balconies have actually been carefully designed to draw air into the apartment interiors.

Working with engineering company VIPAC from data on site-specific solar and wind patterns, the facade elements have been modelled to not only provide sunshading, but also emphasise pressure differentials between the balconies off the living rooms and windows in the bedrooms.

In effect, rather than cross ventilation, what this creates is ‘through’ ventilation, as wind is trained across the facade and then sucked laterally through the apartment interior, in one opening and out the other.

Leaving the window to the surprisingly deep balcony open a crack, Fraser pops the casement window in the main bedroom, and sure enough, from my spot in the centre of the living room I feel a distinct breeze begin to play across my skin. It seems like such a small thing – a gentle eddy so subtle that many occupants may not even notice it; enough, perhaps, to keep them just those few degrees shy of reaching for the air conditioner remote – but it has wide implications.

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Read the full article by Maitiú Ward.


Earthship Biotecture Seminar Melbourne: “Sustainable Autonomy for Everyone” S.A.F.E.

Posted in Events, Models, Movements by Kate Archdeacon on January 11th, 2012

17 February , 2012 10:00 amto20 February , 2012 3:00 pm

An Earthship is a radically sustainable home made of recycled materials.

This three day Earthship Biotecture Seminar will be led by Earthship creator Michael Reynolds and cover a wide range of Earthship topics both pragmatic and philosophical.
Guest appearance and presentation by Martin Freney, PhD Candidate School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Urban Design University of Adelaide. Martin Freney will present scientific data to substantiate Earthship performance. Attendees achieve credit toward the Australian Earthship Biotecture Academy.

February 17th, 18, 19th, – 2012 Village Roadshow Theatrette @ State Library of Victoria

Tickets: http://earthship.com/australia
Limited seating available. Advance purchase recommended.
15 Student discount tickets available – $300 each.

Friday February 17th

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm  History of Earthships discussion/presentation of how and why they evolved.
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm  Solar/Thermal dynamics: discussion/presentation of how the Earthships heat and cool themselves and how this is integrated with the structure and climate.

Saturday February 18th

  • 10:00am – 12:00pm Custom Earthships: discussion/presentation on custom Earthships and how to design them.
  • 2:00pm – 5:00pm  Earthship Systems: discussion/presentation of specific details of the Earthship Systems independent power, water, sewage and food production.

Sunday February 19th

  • 10:00am – 12:30pm  Earthship Disaster Relief projects around the world discussion/presentation of how Earthships are evolved by? these projects.
  • 1:00pm – 3:00pm  Types of Earthships – discussion/presentation of the various types of Earthships and how to get started on your own.
earthship.com/australia