Natural Ventilation Techniques and Building Processes Enable a House to Aspirate, Breathe and Ventilate
The prerequisite in a residence, that which serves as a background by which all comforts are measured, is the quality and temperature of the air within, in spite of ambient conditions.
This should be measured and controlled by natural means.
The need for climate control systems only defines the magnitude of the issue itself. An inviting room in a residence speaks for itself. This is a room that has the ability to aerate and maintain a freshness without surrendering its distinct character that for ever entices the individual to it.
Rooms in residences are spaces with a give and take character, finely balanced, each with its unique offering and activity suited to it. Today’s building technology allows the architect to build more precisely and efficiently focusing so much on the star rating that a six/ seven star ‘plastic box environment’ may be the end result.
For Passive House buildings, the use of a vapour permeable exterior insulation allows for increased potential for drying without trapping moisture in the assembly.
Stone wool insulation will not expand or contract due to temperature variances within the enclosure. These attributes result in optimal thermal performance of a building envelope. Vapour Permeability Insulation products, membranes and other building materials all have varying levels of vapour permeability and can potentially act as a vapour retarder. When designing enclosures with thick insulation levels, consideration with regards to the appropriate use of vapour retarders is critical. Depending on the climate location of the building, the vapour retarder profile should be either on the interior or exterior side of the enclosure.
Do we need to be concerned about the constant noise that we are bombarded with day and night, particularly if we are living in cities and urban areas?
In our modern world, the increased use of technology, along with the construction of purpose built cinema and entertainment rooms are among the plethora of noise that we are exposed to every day in our homes. Being exposed to high levels of noise impacts everybody differently. Such factors as age, health, and cognition to name a few, can influence the impact of noise. Good design detail and construction practice is critical to acoustical performance.
Decorative Battens Create Strong Directional Lines Adding a Striking Feature, and Can Enable Visibility for the Safety of Younger Children
Decorative battens can provide a warm and rich textural appearance for a wide variety of panelling, ideal for wall and ceiling applications in with vertical or horizontal set outs. Prefinished decorative battens create strong directional lines adding a striking feature and depending on its application, can enable visibility for the safety of younger children. Spacing is the distance between each individual batten, and will not only affect the aesthetics but any ancillary function. Privacy improves as does acoustics and the control of sunlight.
The classroom as the Third Teacher. Children thrive in environments that are suited to their interest and developmental stages.
Driving this approach is the belief that if children are given beautiful and stimulating materials to work with, and allowed to work in an environment that is well organised and maintained, that they will in turn maintain and respect their own (and the broader) environment. For the purpose of this module we look at joinery as an example. Creating interesting joinery and cabinetry is important. There are a number of finishes and textures of melamine board and laminates that serve the purpose of design and performance. Consider HPL for surface benchtops and Chroma board for joinery and cabinetry.
It is crucial to determine that the right ceiling panels meet all necessary safety requirements. Stone wool is 100% pure resin bonded mineral wool, and a natural volcanic diabase rock is melted and transformed into stone wool. Stone wool ceilings meet the highest levels of design performance criteria particularly for education buildings. Good quality sound easily passes through the surface and is efficiently absorbed in the stone wool material which in turn provides excellent acoustic control.
Stone wool wall insulation solutions are proven to reduce ambient noise, impact and reverberation noise in educational buildings. Stone wool can be used under extreme conditions. It retains its insulation properties in both very low and very high temperatures, making it naturally durable as it does not contain organic nutrients or cellulose fibres. The high density of the material provides superior sag resistance and stable over the life time of a building. Subsequently, it never needs replacing.
High sound absorption means less reverberation and a less stressful environment. As there are high volumes of occupants located in the same room within education buildings, there is a higher demand to create the right interior acoustic environment specifically when it comes to reverberation and speech intelligibility. Good listening conditions for students is referred to as having a high signal-to-noise ratio. The teacher’s voice needs to be loud and clear above the (unoccupied) background noise.
TAKE THE EASY PATH TO CPD COMPLIANCE WITH IN2AP LEARNING’S USER FRIENDLY ONLINE PLATFORM.
The end of another CPD year is fast approaching, so it’s timely that you and your colleagues are up-to-date with your CPD requirements. IN2AP Learning’s online learning platform is a leading Australian platform for Architects to earn formal CPD points. It allows you to update your skills, claim continuing professional development (CPD) hours and points and assists you with understanding the latest developments in products and any regulatory changes.
At IN2AP Learning we pride ourselves on developing and presenting quality CPD activities. As such, our educational modules are reviewed and endorsed under the Australian Institute of Architects Refuel banner. Refuel is the Australian Institute of Architects brand for continuing professional development. Refuel was launched in 2005 and is recognised nationally by members of ‘The Institute’ as providing quality CPD. Moreover, our modules are reviewed by a surveyor. By achieving high level accreditation, you can be sure that quality and relevant information is presented.
The range of online courses provides you with the opportunity to learn from home, or on the move, at a time that suits you. IN2AP Learning’s Online Learning gives you access to learning material that suits your interests and allows you to share your knowledge with others.
- Should you choose to earn to CPD knowledge and points online, all courses are 100% online – no CDs, DVDs or books in the mail making for a straightforward learning experience
- Complete an online module on any device – on your desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone
- Select the module of your choice at anytime that suits your schedule – All you need to do is register for a password
NOT ENOUGH POINTS?
Our online CPD modules offer an engaging an educational experience which combines text, images, short videos, interviews, a question and answer forum and other such interactions. Our format makes our presentations enjoyable and therefore enables you to retain more information. In addition, all of our online modules are reviewed and amended to ensure that information is current and correct.
At IN2AP Learning, we offer CPD online modules that cover all of the core competency areas. Choose one, two, three or more modules depending on your requirements. It is important to us that our CPD are easily accessible from any internet connected mobile device as well as ensuring accessibility to Architects and Designers in rural areas.
The modules that are currently on offer are:
- Acoustic Materials in the Design of Sound Acoustic Spaces
- Commercial Washroom Design and Construction Challenges
- Considerations for Specifying Sustainable Architectural Building Products
- Planning for Healthier Hospitals and Welcoming Environments
- Kitchen Joinery Construction for Best Practice Design
- 9c Aged Care Material Considerations
- EDUCATION: LOOKING TO THE FUTURE OF LEARNING SPACES
- RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS: CONSIDERATIONS FOR BUILDING A HEALTHY HOME
NOTE: ALL IN2AP LEARNING MODULES PROVIDE 1 FORMAL CPD POINT
At IN2AP Learning, we have developed educational programs that are suited to the architectural profession. When you participate in one of our modules, whether online or in-office, you will accrue formal CPD points which have been recognised by the Australian Institute of Architects Refuel Program.
We pride ourselves on providing an in-depth, engaging learning experience which extends the focus of one particular area (or product) to a complete solution without the parochial mentality.