TOPIC: Project Case Studies in Daylighting and CFD, sponsored by WSP

5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Networking (food & drinks provided)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Presentations
7:00 pm on – Networking (food & drinks provided)

FEE: Professionals: $10, Students: Free

WEBINAR: Starts at 6:00 pm. Join the meeting:

*Please be patient with if us there are audio quality issues with the webinar, we are still working out the kinks. Recordings will be posted on youtube, link to be shared after the meeting. 

CPD POINTS: To be announced


Speaker bios and talk descriptions to be added…

1. Alexandra Bogdanova – Daylighting, Steensen Varming

2. Lachlan Finn – Daylighting, Atelier Ten

3. Alexander Hespe – CFD, Arup

Seminar series comes back to Sydney on two weeks! This one will be on the topic of Thermal Comfort and Energy Efficiency.

Are all artificially created indoor environments the same from comfort perspective?

Are there combinations of natural and artificial means to attain a good indoor environment specifically to minimise energy and impact on climate change?

This Seminar is approved for 2 Sustainable Development CPD points from GBCA.

Webinar Information (No registration required for the webinar):

Join the meeting:

Webinar will start at 6:00 pm

Are Energy Efficiency and Indoor Comfort Mutually Exclusive?

Guest Speakers and Presentations:
Laura’s Comfortable Experience – Ashak Nathwani, University of Sydney and Mahsan Sadeghi, Renson
Are Energy Efficiency and Indoor Comfort Mutually Exclusive? – Dennis Lee, NABERS

Event Details:
     9 August 2018
Time        5:30pm (6pm start) – 8 pm
Venue      NDY Office
Level 1, 60 Miller Street
North Sydney
Tickets    $10, Register via Eventbrite

Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of NDY.

We are glad to announce the Building Simulation 2019 Conference, which will take place in Rome, September 2nd-4th 2019, at the Angelicum Congress Centre

Building Simulation is the premier international event in the field of building performance simulation. An exceptional opportunity to share information about simulation tools and applications, present and get updates about recent achievements and new developments in the research, illustrate case studies and share best practices, join special programs for students and practitioners, network during session and social programs.

Important Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Start: May 8th, 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline: July 20th, 2018
  • Abstract Acceptance Notification: September 20th, 2018

Visit the conference website.

Date: Thursday, 31 May 2018 at 5:30 PM
Location: AECOM | Collins Square, Level 10, Tower Two (727 Collins St)
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Networking (food & drinks provided)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Presentations
Cost:  $10

Light refreshments will be provided, courtesy of AECOM.

Tickets: Register via Eventbright

Designing a high-speed train station in the south of France
Pablo Sepulveda, AECOM

Pablo will present on the key design challenges associated with designing a new high-speed train station in Montpelier, France. He will discuss how parametric studies in Grasshopper assisted with the design of the perforated fibre-reinforced concrete roof to minimise solar gains while preserving access to daylight. And he will talk about designing a thermal comfort system to keep indoor temperature below 26 C without air conditioning. With Masters level qualifications in Architecture and Town Planning and nine years working experience in France, Pablo is in a unique position to bridge architectural and engineering cultures. His particular areas of interest include: parametric modelling, vernacular inspired architecture, biomimicry, ‘cradle to cradle’ and ‘design for disassembly’ design.

Applying Passive House design standards in non-standard ways
Nick Mulvany, Umow Lai

The Passive House design standard is seeing exponential growth within Australia for both residential and non-residential building types. The Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) is a meticulously designed Excel-based analysis tool to assess performance to the Passive House standard. Nick will discuss recent experiences in the application and use of the PHPP and supporting tools ‘DesignPH’ and THERM, as used in the design of high-end residential project. Nick is an Associate within Umow Lai’s specialist Sustainability division and a certified Passive House Consultant. He has solid technical foundations in mechanical & HVAC engineering, sustainable building principles & technologies, rating & benchmarking systems, advanced analysis tools and regulatory compliance requirements.

Topic: Weather Data: Past, Present, and Future
Date: Tuesday, April 24th 2018 at 5:30 PM
Location: Arup | 201 Kent Street, Level 10, Sydney CBD
5:30 pm to 6:00 pm – Networking (food & drinks provided)
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm – Presentations
7:00 pm on – Networking (food & drinks provided)

Cost:  $25

Tickets: Register via Eventbrite

CPD Points: Event is approved by GBCA for 1 Sustainable Development CPD point

Studying Climate Change Impacts on Buildings Using Future Weather (Dr. Lisa Guan, University of Technology, Sydney)
Dr Lisa Guan is an experienced researcher in the architecture, building, and construction industry. She has so far published over 60 papers in various high impact journals, book chapters and conference proceedings. Her research includes investigating the effects of global warming on building design, low carbon design and green building innovation, low energy HVAC systems (e.g. solar cooling, hybrid evaporative cooling), building energy efficiency and life cycle assessment, and building thermal comfort and IAQ. She will share her experience in preparing future weather data to study the impact of climate change on buildings.

Methods of Generating Future Weather Files (Benjamin Brannon, Arup)
Benjamin is a mechanical engineer at Arup, concentrating on energy modelling, digital environments, energy code compliance, and building physics. He will discuss and compare different methods of generating future weather files, including the WeatherShift tool, which uses data from global climate change modelling to produce EPW weather files adjusted for changing climate conditions.

The Making of Ersatz Future Meteorological Years: a collaboration with the CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere Flagship (Trevor Lee, Exemplary Energy)
Trevor is a consultant on energy conservation in the built environment through his multi-disciplinary firm Exemplary Energy. He is the lead author of the Australian Solar Radiation Data Handbook (ASRDH, 2006) and team leader for developing the expanded Australian Climate Data Bank (ACDB, 2016), the potential basis of all building and energy system simulation programs in current use in Australia. He led a project for the then Australian Greenhouse Office and again in 2010 for its successor to project the impact on the built environment of “inevitable climate change” and this work flowed into the Ersatz Future Meteorological Years (EFMYs) data sets for 2 scenarios to 2030 and four scenarios to 2050.