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Oct
29

Ecolabels: Why, When & How

Ecolabels Third-party certifiers of products and materials, such as an ecolabel, cover a variety of issues from the specific, such as sustainable forestry, to whole-of-life cycle. But are these designations useful? With the variety of environmental labels in the market it can be confusing and difficult to know what they mean or whom to trust. [...]
By Michelle | Green Building
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Jul
21

Design for All: Universal Design for Buildings

Design for All: Universal Design and Design for Disabilities Universal design refers to ideas and designs meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently, and indiscriminately accessible to ALL people – inclusive of older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities. Starting with an overview of design for accessibility, this course intends [...]
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Jul
21

Solar Design Basics II: Solar Control & Shading

Solar Design Basics II: Solar Control & Shading Once the solar implications are known, the design of solar control can commence. Optimally, a successful project has the right use of shading while not overdesigning.  Simple calculations can inform the requirements which can then be addressed by design. This course will cover design approaches to solar [...]
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May
26

Solar Design Basics I: Our Dynamic Sun

Solar Design Basics I: Our Dynamic Sun Designing with the sun can be powerful – by optimizing its usefulness, as well as, ensuring protection from it when required. To do this, the physical behaviours of the sun need to be understood. This course will get you started with solar geometry and how to predict where [...]
By Michelle | Uncategorized
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May
26

Sustainable Precincts & Neighbourhoods

Sustainable Precincts As cities are growing and the urban population is outnumbering the rural population, cities face enormous challenges. Transportation, waste generation, energy and water consumption, food security and urban sprawl are some of the issues that must be dealt with. How can we create cities that are vibrant, economic hubs, inclusive environments, and minimise [...]
By Michelle | Uncategorized
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Apr
01

Building Modelling & Simulation

Building Modeling & Simulation: Daylight and Thermal Comfort Using building modelling and simulation early on in the design stages can influence design decisions for the better. This course highlights the short payback period of using modelling software on projects, and lists a range of questions which can be answered by means of simulations. It also [...]
By Michelle | Green Building
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Apr
01

Introduction to Green Interiors

Introduction to Green Interiors Why should we green our interiors?  This course looks at the cost and the business case of greener workplaces.  It further explores health and wellbeing of occupants and the research done in this field. The presentation introduces the different certification tools available for interior spaces and touches on the concept of [...]
By Michelle | Green Building
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