Human comfort

Conference paper

What the indoor air temperatures in houses in three Australian cities tell us

This study analysed over 1.8 million measurements of air conditioner power consumption and indoor/outdoor air temperatures in 129 houses in Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne from 2012 to 2014. It was found that the preferred indoor air temperature range, at which occupants are most unlikely to...
Technical report

Creating healthy places

Creating Healthy Places offers guidelines and strategies as to how the proposed Metro Tunnel Rail Stations may enliven the health of Melbourne’s residents and commuters.
Journal article

Overview and future challenges of nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB) design in Southern Europe

In times of great transition of the European construction sector to energy efficient and nearly zero energy buildings (nZEB), a market observation containing qualitative and quantitative indications should help to fill out some of the current gaps concerning the EU 2020 carbon targets. Next to...
Conference paper

Chifley Passive House: A case study in energy efficiency and comfort

Numerous mandatory energy efficiency building standards and rating systems have been developed globally. The International Passive House Standard is a voluntary alternative, but there is little data on the performance of houses built to this standard in Australia. One house in suburban Canberra demonstrates that...
Conference paper

Can further energy reductions be achieved through behaviour changes in low income households?

Smart Cooling in the Tropics (SCIT) was a project whose main goals were to create energy savings and improve human thermal comfort in low income households located in Darwin, Australia. The project was funded through the Australian Government’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Program (LIEEP). The...
Audio interview

Calls to change building code for heat stress resistance

There are calls for changes to the nation's building code to ensure homes are heat stress resistant in summer. A study has found new 'energy efficient' homes can actually be less resistant to heat than older double-brick homes. As a result, Australian's are becoming more...
Journal article

Heat stress-resistant building design in the Australian context

In Australia, heatwaves are the deadliest natural hazard and a major driver of peak electricity demand. The disproportionately high peak demand increases electricity prices, causes occasional blackouts and exacerbates energy poverty, all of which limit one’s ability to use air conditioning. Meanwhile, increased energy efficiency...

The benefit of design

This poll aimed to gauge the Australian community’s views on the benefits of good design for public buildings and public spaces.
Journal article

Indoor environmental quality and occupant satisfaction in green-certified buildings

This study of green-building certification systems found that achievement of specific indoor environmental quality rating did substantively increase occupant satisfaction.
Conference paper

Evaluation of domestic passive ventilation systems in mild climate region and hot humid region in Japan

Purpose / Context –The purpose of this study is to investigate indoor environment and energy saving performance of houses, which employ passive ventilation systems, built in mild climate region and hot humid region in Japan.