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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:


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.


Read the full article by Maitiú Ward.

Dr Frank Neumann: Wind Turbine Placement Optimisation

Posted in Events by Mark Ogge on July 25th, 2011

1 August , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

Dr Frank Neumann is Senior Lecturer at University of Adelaide’s School of Computer Science. He is working on wind turbine placement optimisation in collaboration with researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr Neumann has developed computer algorithms that maximise the energy generated, given a particular terrain, turbine type, wind direction and area of land.  These are called “evolutionary algorithms” because they are inspired by biological evolution. An evolutionary algorithm is a mathematical process where potential solutions keep being improved a step at a time until the optimum is reached.

Time: 6:30- 8pm Monday 1 August 2011

Fritz Loewe Theatre (entry via level 2)
McCoy Building
University of Melbourne
Cnr Elgin & Swanston Streets, Carlton

Thank you to the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute, our Zero Carbon Australia project partners for joining us in bringing you this event.

Entry: Gold coin donation

Further reading:

Support for Chepstowe Wind Farm in Ballarat

Posted in Models, Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on March 11th, 2011

Image: Chepstowe Turbine Site via BREAZE

BREAZE members have long excelled in their efforts to reduce their emissions and embrace renewable energy. But one of our members, Neville Oddie, is going well and truly above the call of duty by hosting a 3-turbine, 6 megawatt wind farm on his farm in Chepstowe, 30km west of Ballarat. After 4 years of hard yakka, BREAZE has assisted in the installation of around 500 kilowatts of solar panels. If this project goes ahead, the turbines will produce 12 times that figure in one hit!

But the plans of the developer, Future Energy, have hit a snag with the Victorian Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, calling in the project. This effectively means that the Minister is now the sole decision maker on whether the turbines go up or not.

Can you help us boost the amount of renewable energy generated in the Ballarat region by sending a letter of support for the project to the Planning Minister?

More information, key points and background available on the BREAZE website.

Speak up for wind energy! Submissions close at 5pm today.

Posted in Movements by Kate Archdeacon on February 10th, 2011

Photo: Hepburn Wind Turbine 1 Embed, January 28 2011

Australia’s clean energy future is being questioned by the Federal Senate’s inquiry into the ‘Social and economic impact of rural wind farms‘. Without a strong display of community support, it is possible that we won’t see any more projects like the Hepburn Community Wind Farm built in Australia. We have made it easy for you to make a submission. Simply fill out the form on our response page, editing the message to your liking, and an emailed submission will be sent to the Senate.
Submissions must be sent by 5pm on 10 February 2011. Full information about the enquiry is available on the Senate’s website –

Visit the Hepburn Wind Blog to respond:

Small Scale Wind Workshop

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 22nd, 2010

26 November , 2010
2:00 pmto4:30 pm

Source: Victorian Climate Action Calendar

Image: mgifford via flickr CC

The Clean Energy Council is hosting a workshop on small wind power to look at ways to encourage and develop this growing sector of the clean energy industry. Topics include:

• the financial incentives currently available for small wind technologies,
• an outline of the CEC’s small wind endorsement program and
• current and future research being undertaken.

Followed by networking drinks.

Fri 26 Nov 2pm – 4:30pm

RSVP by Fri 19 Nov MELB Baker & McKenzie, 19/181 William St