Opening the Gates to the Benefits of Green Design

16 Jun 2015

The monthly media release of the Property Council of Australia, in Hunter, had two key themes revolving around the topic of green innovation.

The first was to use green innovation as the major driver of developments with medium density and the other was to use it as a method to open up the regional land supply.

Three speakers were present at the forefront of some projects that, at the present moment, are fulfilling buyers’ expectations in regard of innovative design techniques and energy efficiency, and the event was an attraction to participants belonging to the local industry.

 

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Innovative Design Offers Reach

Huntlee project director, Stephen Thompson, sketched out a view of how the newest city in Hunter would tackle, on a large scale, the challenges that come with green innovation and how it will provide energy efficient savings to buyers.

Mr. Thompson mentioned that green innovation opens doors to regional land by lowering the dependency on wide connections to infrastructure. He said that, when new land developments are created, services need to be provided to the site. To witness real changes on a wide scale, things like recycling and harvesting, water efficiency, on site electricity generation and processing and sewer systems need to be looked at.

 

A Rooftop Solar System Shift

He further added that the developers at Huntlee are in the process of planning a solar system with an estate-wide rooftop and a cheaper, recycled water delivery system to households. These green methods will result in perpetual savings in living costs for residents.

One of the directors at EJE Architecture, Kathy Gresham, talked about the initiatives of energy efficiency that have been incorporated in the design of Spire Apartments via a skygarden at Marketown, Newcastle.

She went on to say that, large surroundings of gardens, seating areas and pergolas give encouragement to residents so that they can utilize the outdoors in a positive manner and interact with nature and the environment.

 

Operational Practices and Tangible Impact

In order to make the space more attractive and appealing to residents who seek convenience, amenities, views, lifestyle and location, the designers have put in internal lighting throughout the place. Plus, there are movement sensors, passive ventilation in the corridors, national light and time clocks so that energy use in the building can be monitored.

Space Design Architecture director, Edward Highton, said that, according to him, the way to move forward and progress, is by incorporating operational practices and designs which will considerable reduce energy and have an impact on the environment.

Mr. Highton also said that what efficiency needs is the consideration of how people relax, sleep, eat and cook, along with solar items, ventilation and access points. To him, being green means being efficient with resources and energy.

He mentioned that Civic Green, a current project on King Street in the former Stoker Pool Hall, has delivered green credentials like less materials and waste, adaptive use, the reuse of loads of the existing foundations and structures. It also maximizes building volume by omitting lots of car parking from the building development.

Mr. Highton concluded by saying that the Civic Green project has many examples of green innovation being incorporated in its development like redirecting light into the building by using reflection and bending it so that it can penetrate into the depths of the building.

It also supports the green theme by allotting an increased amount of space for bicycle parking and the extension of balconies over the borders on four levels, trying to balance this by the use of a larger footpath.

 

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