ESD design guide - Video and transcript
Tim Hurburgh, Director and Principal, H2O architects
Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage, June 2005
About the video file
This video should be viewed in the context of the ESD design guide for Australian Government buildings.
The ESD design guide gives a basic introduction to ecological sustainability issues and specifically how the built environment affects them. It begins by outlining the Australian position on Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and some key policies relevant to buildings and ESD.
See also: more ESD design guide videos
Developing a building profile that has allowed us to heat and cool naturally for part of the year, to light the building naturally for as much of the year as possible and ventilate the building naturally.
We did this by establishing a long narrow floor plate, by having openable vents in the south facade, extracting the air through a series of louvres on the north façade and minimising glazing from east to west.
This setup an opportunity to minimise running costs by not having to use artificial systems.