06 Jun 2017

Radiant cooling and heating has the potential for improved energy efficiency, demand response, comfort, indoor environmental quality, and architectural design. Many radiant buildings have demonstrated outstanding performance in these regards, and application of the technology in commercial buildings is expanding.

01 Feb 2018

I am often asked about testing buildings for air tightness, and specifically about what qualifies as “good” or “bad” construction. Believe me, I could talk about it for days but quickly the discussion gets abstract.
This is an effort to get back to basics so that the discussion makes sense in real terms. This question matters to building standards, whether they are best practice like Passive House or minimum practice like the National Construction Code.

03 Jan 2018

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 reliant on air-conditioning, driving up power prices and putting people's health at risk.

Audio interview
30 Mar 2010

Provides a brief introduction to evidence-based design of classrooms.

Other text
23 May 2017

This paper demonstrates that the integration of passive features during the design/construction of sustainable buildings requires thorough modelling at the design stage as some features may have unintended consequences resulting in occupant dissatisfaction, and resulting in the building using more energy to maintain comfort.

Journal article
22 Apr 2014

One of the important reasons for the interest in green buildings is that the employees can benefit from healthy and productive work environments. This research aims to provide evidence that can affect design decisions by a literature review and an occupant survey. Three important design decisions (green certifications, ventilation types...

Journal article
22 Nov 2016

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.

Conference paper
15 Mar 2013

AIRAH undertook this project on behalf of the whole of industry to provide a forum or mechanism whereby the transition to low -­‐ emission HVAC&R practices and technologies could be discussed openly and transparently. The topic is broad and the views are varied and often conflicting. The content of this paper is based on submissions rece \ived from industry stakeholders. Hence , many statements and conclusions are not referenced to published documents. This is neither a research paper nor a definitive situational analysis; this paper simply documents an industry discussion.

Discussion paper