Green and Universal Design in Australia

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Gemma Battenbough reports at Architecture & Design:

 A  new tool that rates the environmental features of multi-unit residential buildings will help reduce Australia's greenhouse gas emissions while delivering health benefits and financial savings for occupants, said the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).  

Released yesterday, the new green rating tool will help building owners and developers minimise the environmental impacts of their developments and receive recognition for more environmentally sustainable design, Romilly Madew, CEO of the GBCA, said...


Specific to the residential sector, the tool assesses the energy and water efficiency of appliances, control of lights and air conditioning in unoccupied spaces, universal design and the provision of communal facilities.   While the green rating tools available for offices incorporate energy modelling consistent with the NABERS Energy tool, equivalent modelling did not exist for the multi-unit residential sector, so the residential tool also includes a customised energy calculator. 

Source:
http://www.architectureanddesign.com.au/article/New-tool-opens-airways-for-green-homes/489165.aspx

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