When: Monday 8 April 2019, 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start. Finishing at 7.30pm
Where: EnergyLab, 4-12 Buckland St, Chippendale NSW 2008 (click here and here for maps).
Cost: A $5 donation would be appreciated to assist with venue costs.

Presentation: Responses to a changing climate require systemic changes to our way of thinking about the built environment. Carol Marra from  Marra + Yeh Architects is going to share her insights into how architecture can adapt to climate extremes. If you are renovating or building a home, an architect, a designer or simply a layperson who wants to see better architecture, this talk will provide you with innovative approaches that draw on vernacular traditions.

Put simply, good architecture needs to be a climatic architecture; it either counteracts climate by basic measures and features or adapts itself to climatic changes on an ongoing basis. Climatic response needs to be one of the driving aspects of architecture, not an add-on or an afterthought. The talk details how design principles researched during the course of Carol’s Churchill Fellowship can be applied, in new and contemporary ways, to buildings and cities in the Australian context, illustrated with practical case studies.

Speaker: Carol graduated from The University of Texas and practiced in Seattle before relocating to Australia. Together with her husband they started an architectural practice in Sydney in 2005 and also established a presence in Malaysia. Carol regularly teaches sustainable design at Sydney University and serves as a design advisor to the Government Architect NSW. It is a goal of her work to create buildings and places which are both environmentally aware and environmentally appropriate. The work of her practice has been recognised through international publications and awards. In 2009 she received a Winston Churchill Fellowship that took her to Japan, China and the Philippines to examine vernacular traditions which can accommodate severe climate patterns.

Members and non-members are asked to book a place for this talk by selecting REGISTER at this link.

Directions and further details:
Please arrive after 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start with the talk finishing at 7.30pm with time to chat until 8pm.

EnergyLab is about a 15-minute walk from either Redfern Station or Central Station. Entry to the premises is through a metal gate with access to a 2-storey sandstone building along a driveway towards the rear of the property.

Buckland St., Chippendale is well-serviced with buses including the 412, 413, 422, 423, 426, 428, 431, 433, 436, 438, 439, 440, 461, 470, 480, 483, L23, L28, M10, M30. Bicycles can be safely locked inside the building. Parking is limited in the area although Broadway Shopping Centre offers a nearby option.

Tea, coffee and tasty snacks are available before and after the talk, with donations gratefully accepted. As we have paid an NGO rate for the EnergyLab space, a $5 donation would be appreciated.

Renew is an independent organisation that does not endorse products and seeks to provide members with information so that they can make well-informed sustainable decisions.

Climate Resilient Homes: Sydney’s climate is changing as climate zones shift southwards. We have just experienced  the hottest summer on record. As you may be aware, Renew is actively advocating for climate resilient homes as a way to improve the housing of all Australians, reduce our carbon emissions and ensure our homes can cope with a changing climate.

Other events:

Smart Energy Conference & Exhibition 2019 is on Tue 2 – Wed 3 April offering the opportunity to learn from global experts in solar PV, energy storage & energy management.

Speed Date a Sustainable Designer is on Sun 7 April 2019 at Lane Cove Council Civic Centre. To learn more about the event or register.

Renew Sydney Central Branch – David Winterton (Co-Convenor)

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