Hotter climate and energy constraints in our cities are placing increasing pressure on Australian developers and architects to respond.
Australian cities are now putting in place urban planning and design objectives to respond to the challenge of more hot days, denser urban environments and an unstable energy supply.
An important objective is to control a building’s micro-climate with strategies such as maximising ventilation, while managing solar access and minimising overshadowing. These micro-climate control strategies are reflected in the Building Code of Australia as well as both state and local government policy.
Increasingly, architects will need to consider designs that are adaptable, blur the boundaries …