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ZERO Series – Lecture 1 | Design for energy demand reduction – SOLD OUT

12 Aug 2020 at 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm AWST

Free – $10

The WA Chapter is thrilled to deliver the ZERO Carbon Design Series, running as live events August – November 2020. 
*The series will be available to be streamed online via the Institute’s CPD Platform FREE for 6months thereafter. 

The ZERO Carbon Design series has been developed by Ross Donaldson to help accelerate the capacity for meeting the enormous challenges brought about by climate change. To meet the critical challenge for a zero carbon economy, it is increasingly accepted that the target for a zero carbon construction industry must be 2030. Given a great number of buildings can take upward of five years from inception to completion, this means we must all be ready to designing to zero carbon parameters by 2025. 

This is going to take an unprecedented re-engineering of our profession. 

The seven lecture seminar series is intended to provide practical guidelines and case study insights which will enable practitioners to start the journey now. Some of you are of course already on the journey. The course is presented primarily by engineers and designed to be helpful for small and large practices. 

We hope you will make the most of it by participating in all sessions. Each seminar will bring one CPD point for registered architects. 

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation you should be able to:

  1. Describe what net zero is and articulate a suitable process of achieving net zero practices
  2. Identify the fundamental concepts of energy demand optimisation
  3. Gain an understanding of how various performance targets can be used to verify good design
  4. List ways in which design can contribute to energy efficiency


Members: FREE
Non-members: $10

A brief overview

Net Zero and Design for Energy Demand Reduction

  • Overview of net zero and how to get there
  • Broad overview of demand side optimisation
  • How to strategically target clients and projects
  • Architectural fundamentals to demand side optimisation
    • Building orientation
    • Massing
    • Glazing extents – impact on energy and daylight
    • Façade thermal performance


Ross Donaldson

Ross Donaldson was CEO and Chairman of Woods Bagot from 2006-2016, leading the practice to its dramatic growth internationally to become the world’s 6th largest practice in 2014 and in 2016 the 7th “Most Admired” firm (WA100), judged by its international peers.

He is a champion of the imperative for sustainable development and has presented numerous lectures internationally on sustainable models for cities and their liveability. In 2008 he established a partnership with Buro Happold to develop software for designing for zero emissions.

Prior to joining Woods Bagot in 2001 he had his own small practice and taught at UWA.


Working with the Stantec Perth team, Prasanna joined the organisation as a Mechanical Engineer, proving his ability and flair as a founding member of the Sustainability section before becoming a Project Engineer and ultimately, the sustainability section manager, Australian discipline leader, and principal.

Prasanna has successfully driven projects with commercial awareness and engages stakeholders at every level.

He is a Green Star Accredited Professional and an active sustainability advocate in Western Australia. Prasanna has the expertise and experience to optimise sustainable design in projects encompassing all sectors. Throughout his career, he has acquired a solid record of steering his projects through to completion and earned our clients™ unwavering trust and respect.

He has contributed to a variety of projects such as:

  •  Joondalup Health Campus
  •  Albany Health Campus
  •  Elizabeth Quay – Stage 2
  • Optus Stadium
  • City of Perth Library

*This event will be strictly in line with the WA Government Covid restrictions – limited capacities apply.


12 Aug 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm AWST
Free – $10
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