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Newcastle Division CPD Seminar: NCC Series – Air and Water

8 Nov 2019 at 12:00 pm - 6:30 pm AEDT

$40 – $140
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3 formal and 1 informal CPD point seminar

AACA Competencies: Design: 3.1, 3.3, 3.7, 4.2, 4.6, 4.7 Documentation 6.2, 6.5

Robert Menzies recognised home as “the indispensable condition of continuity; its health determines the health of society as a whole” (1942). The security of a home can be quickly lost of the machine breaks down. The fundamental reason for the construction of a house should be for the creation of a healthy home, which in turn will allow both the individual and society as a whole to flourish.

Attend this timely CPD event to hear from a range of key experts about best practice approaches for Passive House design.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand airtightness for healthy indoor environments that support dust, allergen and pollen-free air
  • Discuss mould prevention through material and insulation selection and ventilation
  • Explore effective integration of mechanical ventilation heat recovery
  • Outline thermal insulation specification for comfortable/constant temperatures year round
  • Discuss detailing and specification for thermal bridge free construction
  • Define increased levels of energy efficiency with options for carbon neutral living
  • Undertand the role of Passive House design consultants and when to engage
  • Explore an introduction to the Passive House Planning Package calculations consultants
  • Discuss Passive House Certifier process
  • Understand how to coordinate general approvals/certifiers and the Passive House process
  • Analyse construction processes to achieve Passive House certification.

Curator and chair

Prudence Bowe

Prudence is an Architect and Energy Assessor. On completion of the Bachelor of Science at the University of Newcastle in 2004, Prudence spent a year travelling Europe and working as part of a team responsible for the design and documentation of local and international construction projects for Red Bull in Salzburg, Austria. After another year of travelling, Prudence returned to Austria to study Architecture & Energy Efficient Building at the University of Innsbruck.

Completing the Master of Architecture program at Newcastle University in 2009, Prudence worked for a number of small and medium Architectural firms before establishing her own practice in 2015, having gained experience in a range of project types, including residential, commercial and government-funded projects.

Encouraged by an increasingly environmentally conscious clientele, Prudence became an accredited thermal performance assessor in October 2010 under the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme.

With a focus on creating healthy indoor environments using natural and recycled materials, Prudence is interested in all areas of environmentally sustainable design including passive heating and cooling, thermal mass, insulation, renewable energy, water harvesting and recycling.

Prudence also lectures and tutors across various courses at the University of Newcastle in Architecture and Construction Management disciplines, including Design, Construction Ecology, Construction Technology and Communication in the Built Environment.


Andy Marlow

Andy is a Director at Envirotecture, holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Architecture, is a certified Passive House Designer and has extensive experience in sustainable design at a variety of scales.

He has led master planning projects, been involved in several successful competitions including the Bathurst Sustainable Lifestyle House, and led the materials research for Australia’s first (almost) certified Living Building under the arduous Living Building Challenge – the Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong.

Andy is currently a Board Member of the Australian Passive House Association has previously been Co-Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects NSW Sustainability Committee and sat on the Property Council of Australia NSW Sustainability Committee and the Green Building Council of Australia NSW Industry Group.

Sean Maxwell

Technical Manager with Pro Clima Australia, a manufacturer of high-performance building membranes and seals. He is a member of the AIRAH Special Technical Group in Building Physics and has led training in Australia on the Fundamentals of Building Science. He is a national authority on the practice of building airtightness testing.

He is the president of the Air Infiltration and Ventilation Association of Australia.

In 2017, together with Jesse Clarke, Sean prepared a report published by the Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) on Air Tightness Metrics to Improve Australian Housing Envelope Integrity.

This report investigates the metrics used to describe the air infiltration performance of buildings, comparing metrics commonly used around the world.

Sean’s practical experience includes performing air leakage tests of commercial and residential buildings throughout Australia as the NSW State Manager for Efficiency Matrix, a Melbourne based company specialising in building envelopes and airtightness.

As a consultant for Sydney based company, Air Barrier Technologies Sean assisted in blower door testing of Green Star office projects for the Green Star Innovation Challenge as well as the testing of high-performance building envelope and ductwork for cold storage at National Archives of Australia.

As a senior energy consultant in New York, Sean served as a technical resource for New York State Codes Council for building air leakage testing requirements. During this role, he also managed research projects for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America program, and guided over 1200 housing units to compliance with New York City’s benchmarking, retro-commissioning, and energy audit laws, as well as leading energy assessments and making recommendations for over 9000 units of existing housing in New York City and surrounding areas.

As an energy performance analyst in Massachusetts, Sean provided infiltration testing and inspection services for high-density multi-residential buildings, conducted audits, testing, and modelling of existing residential buildings and provided recommendations for improvements to property owners, guided builders, architects, and homeowners through energy certification process, carried out energy ratings of numerous residential projects and conducted on-site training on key energy-efficient building practices for contractors.

Jesse Clarke

Currently working in a technical lead role for Pro Clima, servicing Australia and New Zealand, Jesse is a Building Scientist and Engineer with more than 15 years’ experience in the construction industry. He is the Chairman of the Australian Institute of Refrigeration and Heating (AIRAH) Special Technical Group for Building Envelope Physics advocating for a holistic approach to the development of industry guidance, standards and codes.

Jesse works closely with ABCB and Standards Australia with the aim to realise the internationally proven benefit of integrated mechanical system and envelope design to deliver world-class energy-efficient and healthy buildings with all the associated positive outcomes for designers, builders and the inhabitants of Australian buildings.

He also worked closely with the Australian Institute of Refrigeration and Heating (AIRAH), Australian Sustainable Building and Environment Council (ASBEC), Insulation Council of Australia and New Zealand (ICANZ), and Pliable Building Membrane Association (PBMA) and Indoor Air Quality Association or Australia (IAQAA) on standards and code development aiming to realise the benefit of integrated mechanical system and envelope design for energy-efficient and healthy buildings.

Currently serving as the Chairman of the Special Technical Group for Building Envelope Physics at the Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air conditioning and Heating, this group aims to improve industry guidance to translate world’s best practices to Australia’s range of climates and construction techniques.

In 2017, together with Sean Maxwell, Jesse prepared a report published by the Australian Institute of Refrigeration Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) on Air Tightness Metrics to Improve Australian Housing Envelope Integrity.

Jesse lead the management and delivery of two 5 star As-Built Green Star ratings for the Baulderstone and CSR headquarters at Triniti business park, incorporating the use of CSR insulation and high performance glazing into the façade and was responsible for the technical analysis supporting the delivery of a 6 Star Green Star Design Rating for Westfield, Sydney City.

Evan Graham

After completing a pre-apprenticeship program in Carpentry & Joinery at TAFE in 1997, Evan obtained full-time employment with Lake Macquarie Developments where he stayed until mid-2001, completing his Carpentry apprenticeship and working on all manner of domestic projects, including some large developments.

Since beginning his business in 2001 and incorporating in 2011, Evan Graham Master Builders have completed a range of residential building projects from decks and bathrooms, small and major extensions and renovations, new houses, all with a primary focus on creating sustainable, healthy and energy-efficient buildings, aiming to incorporate exemplary design and detail with high performance building systems, accessories and eco-friendly products.

Building on an apprenticeship that won him the Master Builders Outstanding Apprentice Award in 1998, Evan’s skill and aptitude have seen him deliver multi-award winning premium architectural projects for over 17 years with a focus on creating high-performance, energy-efficient buildings.

Evan Graham Master Builders have won multiple Master Builders Association Excellence in Building and Housing Awards across various categories.

A commitment to professional development has included completion of a Diploma of Building and Construction, Sustainability Design Specialist Qualification and in 2018, Evan became a Certified Passive House Tradesperson, specialised in Building Envelope and Services. EGMB have extensive training in sustainable development and energy-efficient Passive House construction.

Morten Pedersen

Morten Pedersen has over 30 years experience in the building design and construction industry, completing his apprenticeship as a building joiner and carpenter in Denmark, following which he worked in Denmark, England and Australia on many residential projects of various scales.

Deciding to further his education, Morten completed a Bachelor degree as a Constructing Architect in Aalborg, Denmark. A pre-requisite for this program is to have a trade and the tertiary qualification includes theoretical education and mandatory practical experience across architectural design, structural engineering and building construction.

Morten has a broad understanding of all aspects of buildings, applying his theoretical knowledge, practical experience and technical expertise in architecture, design, engineering and construction to every project.

Morten has worked on numerous heritage-listed building and has a passion for sustainable, functional design.

Terms and conditions for CPD events

  1. Fees – Fees must be paid in full before the event.
  2. Membership discounts – Institute members are entitled to the discounts shown, provided their membership number is quoted when the booking is made, and their membership subscription is active at the time of booking.
  3. Cancellations by Institute – The Institute reserves the right to cancel or alter the dates, speakers or venue. In the event of cancellation, bookings will be transferred to the next available event unless the registrant requests otherwise.
  4. Cancellations – Cancellations by the attendee must be received in writing. No refunds or cancellations are permitted within two (2) full working days prior to the event. ‘No shows’ will not be refunded. Note: Cancellations by Institute Members due to sickness on the day of the event will receive a full refund contingent on receipt of a medical certificate.
  5. ‘No Shows’ – Due to CPD regulations, the Institute is not permitted to hand out paperwork from seminar/workshops if registrants do not attend.
  6. Note: you must retain your receipt of payment as evidence of this CPD being undertaken.

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8 Nov 2019
12:00 pm - 6:30 pm
$40 – $140
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