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Beyond the Code - Practical ways to make buildings fit for the future

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Time: 8:45am for 9:00am start. Finish 1:00pm. Light refreshments provided for morning tea.

Enquiries: Ross Campbell 07 4632 0439 or

In a time when building designers are striving to build better, more beautiful and more sustainable structures, they ultimately aim to build for the future going beyond the basic requirements of the building code to create their best works.

Beyond the Code covers virtually every aspect of building design with a real eye to a more productive, more sustainable future. Subjects discussed will include thermal performance and energy, identifying need and targets in this area and exploring the peak demand for electricity and the limited effect of regulation (NCC, BASIX etc.). Also addressed will be the principles of the 'old' Passive Solar Design, in regards to crucial factors that include orientation, zoning, thermal mass, shading, insulation, ventilation, glazing, and problems remaining with condensation, peak demand, leakage, etc.

Guests also will learn about the specifics, benefits and applications of the verified 'next big thing' in sustainable building, Certified Passive House (Passivhaus). They will hear about how to design and build to Ph, certification process, PhPP modelling, blower door tests, and the placement of EnerPHit as Ph for renovations.

Building materials will also be addressed at this seminar, with topics including embodied energy, operational costs, Life Cycle Analysis, the Avoid-Reuse-Recycle concept, timber & timber treatment, product search resources, hazardous materials & safe options, termite management, and indoor environmental quality & off-gassing.

Water will be discussed specifically in terms of hot water and waste water, addressing issues such as; water availability in a changing climate, water efficiency choices and the best options for water heating, waste water treatment, water harvesting, stormwater design and options for landscape restoration.

Guests also will learn how to up-sell sustainability to clients, how to analyse your client types and find their drivers, and the benefits of going beyond minimum compliance.


Dick Clarke is the Principal of Envirotecture and Director of Sustainability for Building Designers Association of Australia. Dick has a Masters of Sustainable Futures degree from UTS. He is also a past President and Board Member of the Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA).

He is the editor of the book “How to Rethink Building Materials” and has had a major role in the Australian Government’s highly acclaimed “Your Home” design guide. He was also involved in BASIX and the NatHERS to AccuRate upgrade. Dick has been Design Director of many hundreds of projects with the ever-changing understanding of what sustainability means. His specialties extend from passive design to zero net energy buildings.

You can find full details and the event program here and download a PDF copy of the program here.

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