With 7 Star ratings being required on new homes next year, it’s a good time to learn some key design tactics. Before you design a new home or remodel an existing one, consider investing in energy efficiency. You’ll save energy and money, and the home will be more comfortable and durable. The planning process is also a good time to look into a renewable energy system that can provide electricity, water heating, or space heating and cooling.
Introducing Brett Aylen
Brett is an eco architect who designs homes that combine energy efficient living with comfortable modern lifestyles. Brett’s twenty plus years of industry experience underpins his grasp of sustainability at all levels, from the dynamics of people and communities to the design and construction of climate responsive energy efficient healthy homes.
Brett studied architecture in Adelaide in the early 1990’s. He then lived and worked in Japan and Berlin picking up architectural influences along the way. On returning to Adelaide in the late 1990’s Brett worked on the tools building houses to gain hands-on practical experience. In the early 2000’s he worked as construction manager at Christie Walk, a multi-residential eco village on the edge of the Adelaide CBD. Between 2004 and 2007 he worked at Energy Architecture. In 2008 Brett co-founded an architecture firm with Paul Hendy and in 2012 they won an SA Government competition to create Australia’s first designed and built zero carbon house.
In 2017 Brett parted ways with Paul and founded Brett Aylen Architecture (BAA). There are dozens of BAA designs built in and around Adelaide, in the Adelaide Hills and in regional South Australia. His happy clients have also opened their homes many times for Sustainable House Day, a great open house event that runs Nationally each year in October.
In recent years Brett has studied the international high performance building standard called Passive House (Passivhaus in German) and is now a certified Passivhaus designer. He uses this knowledge and his considerable industry experience to custom design homes that suit modern Australian lifestyles and deliver year-round comfort with astonishing energy efficiency.
Brett’s passion for sustainable architecture extends beyond his business. He taught sustainable architecture part-time at UniSA between 2007 and 2014. He is co-founder of the Adelaide Sustainable Building network, a not-for-profit organisation that advocates the uptake of sustainable and ecologically beneficial practices within all industries linked to the built environment. Brett is also the current SA representative of the Australian Passive House Association.
Brett will speak about the Passivhaus standard. It has 5 main principles:
- Well insulated building envelope
- Draught free construction
- High performance windows with good shading design
- Thermal bridge free detailing
- Fresh air with heat recovery
Followed by further information to consider.
- Design for climate
- Passive solar heating
- Passive cooling
- Sealing your home
- Insulation installation
- Thermal mass
Plus case studies of his work to illustrate the main points.
And introducing our 2nd speaker, Jim Woolcock, Founder and Director of SUHO Australia.
Jim’s prior experience working as a Site Manager and gaining skills and knowledge in technical policies, he anticipated there would be changes to environmental considerations and ensuing revisions of industry regulations. In 2003, Jim established “House Energy Ratings” working from his own home in Adelaide.
Using energy rating software developed by the CSIRO, Jim began undertaking residential energy efficiency assessments to simulate and analyse the predicted operational performance of building designs.
Hard work and Jim’s ability to develop strong professional relationships saw the company quickly evolve and in 2008 the commercial department of SUHO was formed and national expansion followed to include further offices both in Perth (2012) and Melbourne (2013). The SUHOstudio branch was established in 2014 and then the Environmentally Sustainable Design branch in 2015. The introduction of Air Infiltration Testing in 2016 closed the loop from design to “as built”.
In commemoration of the milestone and to concisely encapsulate the extensive skill-set and services offerred, Sustainability House became SUHO in 2018.
Building energy efficiency is a great space to work in, and therefore can make a difference both to peoples lives by improving the comfort of the buildings where they live and work and to reduce our impact on the environment by reducing use of resources. A combination of practical knowledge of construction with the science of building performance.
Jim’s company SUHO pride themselves in their ability to guide clients through the complex field of energy compliance regulations and sustainable solutions and specialise in the most cost-effective way to increase star ratings.
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We look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
– Anthea & Rohan