Terence Carey Architects adopts an integrated approach to ESD from inception to completion.
Establishing ESD priorities at project brief stage.
BCA Section J compliance requirements.
Materials/products selection: low environmental life-cycle impacts from manufacture to construction.
Site Planning and building layout: building orientation, form.
Passive design principles: solar access/control, natural ventilation.
Reducing Site impacts: minimising excavation.
Protecting existing natural features - indigenous flora/fauna and habitats.
Built form design elements to increase energy efficiency.
Zoning internal spaces that require similar heating/cooling requirements.
Avoid specifying natural materials identified as rare or threatened species.
Use of internal finishes & materials to ensure high indoor air quality levels.
Avoid specifying materials identified as causing poor indoor air quality.
Use of materials and design strategies appropriate to site climate.
Offsetting large expanses of glass with insulated internal thermal mass.
Promoting natural cross-ventilation, harnessing prevailing winds.
External annual sun control to lower heating/cooling energy costs.
Employ energy saving devices to reduce ongoing energy costs.
ESD Study for Tarneit Community Library, Wyndham City Council
A selection of TCA projects incorporating Environmentally Sustainable Design principles