PROTECT is an environmental podcast, hosted by design writer, Angela Fedele, that explores encouraging stories of sustainability, ocean and animal protection, which I was recently interview on. The show will feature regular guest interviews with climate change advocates, organisations, and concerned citizens who are creating authentic and accountable change.
As architects we are experts, and professionals who will take the lead on all aspects of your project, we will keeping your best interests in mind.
This blog post sets out to explain some of the key aspects of working with us to enable the best project outcome for you.
The blog starts by discussing the beginning of your project, where we will establish a clear direction for the architecture, interiors, materials, and finishes, through in-depth discussions with you and the use of mood imagery.
It will then discuss the outline brief’s development, which follows with a detailed briefing document, that captures all your needs and requirements.
The last section looks into how the above processes provide a foundation for us, as your architects, to then select all the materials, finishes, and fixtures which we feel will be the best fit for your project.
Marion’s List is a resource for those looking for expert commentary or input or wanting to involve a wider range of people in architecture’s public culture – talks, panels, juries, teaching, crits and much more.
Marion’s List is named in honour of Marion Mahony Griffin (1871–1961), the trailblazing Chicago architect who made a substantial contribution to Australian architecture. Marion is celebrated by scholar Alice Friedman as a ‘builder of communities and connections’, a description that also perfectly encapsulates the work of Marion’s List. To find out more about Marion’s list you can click here.
During my undergraduate degree at the University of Canberra – the city which bought the Marion Mahony Griffin and Walter Burley Griffin to Australia – I studied their work, and I recently completed a conservation and renovation of their Former Salter House in collaboration with Architect Hewson.
Our Toorak project, which was a renovation and conservation the ‘Salter House’, designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin has been feature on Houzz, you can find the article by clicking click here.
Here is a list of some of the benefits of Passive House (Passivhaus):
1. Global Warming: by building a Passivhaus you are helping to do your part towards the environment. In Germany a study confirmed that Passivhaus buildings had an average energy saving of 90 percent over conventional homes.
2. Ultra-low energy bills: Passivhaus has strick criteras for certification. These include the maximum use up to 15 kWh/m2 per year for heating and cooling, as calculated by the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP), or a peak heat load of 10 W/m2, based on local climate data.
3. Fresh clean air distributed throughout the building: one of the most important elements of Passivhaus is the mechanical ventilation, which constantly replaces the polluted indoor air with fresh filtered outdoor air that reduces exposure to dust and allergens.
4. Comfort: Passivhaus strives to maintain a comfortable, even temperature throughout the home, with the difference between radiant temperature (i.e. the temperature of windows, doors, and surfaces) and air temperature being small, which assists in eliminating draughts. Thus, you can sit near a window and not feel cold in the colder months.
5. Peace and quiet: due to the high-performance windows and external doors, a Passivhaus reduces the noise from the surrounding environment.
6. Low risks of mould and condensation: Passivhaus is also designed to have a low risk of mould and condensation, both within the building structure and the interiors.
To learn about the basics of Passive House (Passivhaus) click here.
Chris Nunn, Australian Passive House Association chairperson, is quoted saying “In light of the dissatisfaction many people have with the current building stock – in terms of quality, and the cost to keep warm and cool – this early growth of Passive House in Australia is the beginning of a new era of high quality, high performance, ultra-low energy buildings that Australians will really appreciate.”
JCA is a design practice specialising in bespoke high-performance, ultra-low energy, comfortable and healthy residential new builds, alterations, renovations, and extensions in Melbourne and regional areas. We are a client orientated practice where each design evolves from working closely with you to understand your individual brief and aspiration; with the end result being a tailored personalised design.