PENDING: NCC Condensation & Brooke St Pier & HJA Hotel Tour

PENDING: NCC Condensation & Brooke St Pier & HJA Hotel Tour
6 NatHER Technical CPD

Awareness of NCC Requirements: Condensation & Brooke St Pier & HJA Hotel Tour

07-08/02/2021 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM AEDT


Event overview

Day 1: February 7
Condensation Seminar

The design and construction of mould mitigating homes - Increased 'call-backs' regarding condensation and mould in new buildings

A 2016 nationwide survey sent to building design and construction professionals identified that at least 40% of buildings designed or constructed in the last decade had a presence of condensation and mould. This was before many jurisdictions adopted the 6 Star regulations, which would exacerbate any problems. And 7 Star is just around the corner.

Our older and un-insulated homes had condensation and mould. But did we care? Our newer homes which are much warmer or much cooler on the inside in Australia’s temperate or hot climates respectively. Sadly, the climate change focussed regulatory framework has focussed on the reduction on greenhouse gas emissions associated with the energy needed to make our homes and workplaces thermally comfortable.

This presentation will include:
Background theory regarding what causes condensation and mould
Principles for new buildings
Challenges for fixing existing buildings
Building materials
Awareness of NCC requirements
Awareness of personal/business risk
Guidance on best practice methods to minimise design and construction based risk.

Mark Dewsbury - B Env. Des., M Arch, PhD, Post Doctoral Researcher
University of Tasmania

Mark has been involved in the sustainable design of commercial and residential buildings in the public and private sectors for more than 30 years. Currently a Senior Lecturer and post-doctoral researcher within Architecture & Design, at the University of Tasmania, his research focuses on methods to inform design, construction, thermal performance, indoor environmental qualities, and condensation and mould growth risk management in buildings. His research provides input for building simulation and the National Construction Code. Research collaborators include industry partners, CSIRO, and State and Federal government agencies. He is also a partner at Carawah, which specialises low energy dwellings.

Day 2: February 8
Brooke St Pier & Henry Jones Art Hotel Tour

Brooke St Pier - Both a building and a boat, the Brooke St Pier is an innovative structure; a floating, 4,300 tonne concrete pontoon on which is constructed three floors of lightweight superstructure. The pier represents a significant advance in creating practical solutions to constructing over the water and, indeed, on the water, as this structure does not need to be connected to the land at all. Like a boat, it is completely self-sufficient and it carries on board all the services and systems it needs to provide a habitable environment. The pier’s superstructure has been kept as light as possible so that its centre of gravity is below the waterline. The pier also rises and falls with the tide, so it is anchored to the seabed with triangulated stretching cables fixed to the pontoon. This project is the purest expression of a wide-ranging collaboration between architects, engineers, builders and extremely passionate clients/operators. Brooke St is a significant step in the ongoing transformation of the old port facilities into an active urban civic precinct, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the evolving life of Hobart’s waterfront. It is simply ‘transformational’ and ground breaking.

Henry Jones Art Hotel - The Henry Jones Art Hotel is one of a handful of dedicated art hotels throughout the world. The genesis of the hotel was winning a selection process to recycle Hobart’s oldest waterfront warehouses. Designers advocated blending the architectural and warehouse/factory elements with contemporary design and art to create a new, five-star hotel and associated retail tenancies. The inter-relationship of the historic and the dramatically new in this project forged a unique union, setting the scene for a creative partnership with artists and architects. Despite two decades of neglect, the Hunter Street site and its buildings were rich with the remnants of past industry and development. The materials from which the buildings were constructed were left intact, with all their wear and tear, and new, contrasting, elegant insertions were added and the architects orchestrated the involvement of a diverse group of artists to assist in realising the collective vision. Art and design have been incorporated into the very fabric of the Hotel, as well as furniture and works on walls. The Hotel has already attracted avid art-lovers from all corners of the globe, and acclaim from some of the world's leading newspapers and travel journals.

Robert Morris-Nunn
University of Tasmania

Adjunct Professor Robert Morris-Nunn is regarded as one of Tasmania’s most adventurous architects. He has practised in Tasmania for over 25 years, and has taken a special interest in the social impact of architecture and collaborative design processes. The basic thrust of his work has been to explore new approaches towards a more enlightened, socially-humane architecture which as part of their resolution have often integrated innovative structural ideas. He has designed and built several ground-breaking buildings which have received great international interest in the field of ecologically-sustainable design, where the Forest Eco Centre attracted critical acclaim from diverse sources, both here and in the US and Europe. More recently, the IXL Redevelopment, and Saffire Hotel have also achieved significant international exposure. He has won four national architectural awards and more than 40 state awards; his work has been illustrated in international publications; and he has been invited to lecture at many Australian and international conferences about his work. He was appointed as Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture, University of Tasmania, in 2009.


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