When: Thursday 22 August 2019, 8:45am for 9:00am start. Finish 1:00pm.
Where: Toowoomba City Library, Level 3, Corner Victoria and Herries Streets, Toowoomba. Click here for a Google map.
Tickets: Tickets available here via Humanitix. Limited early bird tickets at $50 (expires 5pm, 12/8), Renew & BDAA members at $50, Full price tickets $100.
Enquiries: To Ross Campbell 07 4632 0439 or toowoomba (AT) ata.org.au or via our ‘Contact us’ form on the Branch webpage here.


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.

Workshop Outline

Arrive 8.45 am. Workshop runs from 9:00am to 1:00 pm and includes morning tea.

9:00 – 10:45 Thermal performance and energy

  • Big Picture reminder of what the need is, what the targets are
  • peak demand for electricity – effects on grid, and building design
  • limited effect of regulation (NCC, BASIX etc)
  • principles of the ‘old’ Passive Solar Design
  • orientation, zoning, thermal mass, shading, insulation, ventilation, glazing
    problems remaining with condensation, peak demand, leakage etc
  • better standard in ‘next big thing’ Certified Passive House (Passivhaus)
  • benefits to occupants and society
  • how Ph works
  • air-tightness, materials & joints, windows & doors, insulation, envelope & glazing
  • fresh air management
  • HRV system
  • shading
  • PV system
  • how to design to Ph
  • how to build to Ph
  • certification process, PhPP modelling, blower door tests etc
  • EnerPHit is Ph for renovations

10:45 – 11:00 Morning tea

11:00 – 11:45 Materials

  • embodied energy
  • operational costs
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Avoid-Reuse-Recycle
  • timber & timber treatment
  • product search resources
  • hazardous materials & safe options
  • termite management
  • indoor environmental quality & off-gassing

11:45 – 12:30 Water, hot water, waste water

  • water availability in a changing climate
  • water efficiency choices that people like
  • best options for water heating 2019
  • waste water treatment options and limitations
  • water harvesting options and myths busted
  • stormwater design options for restorative landscapes

12:30 – 1:00 Selling sustainability to clients

  • how to up-sell sustainability to clients
  • analysing your client types, find their drivers
  • benefits of going beyond minimum compliance

Presenter: Dick Clarke

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 download a PDF version of the workshop program here.

We look forward to seeing you there,

Mark Tranter

ATA Toowoomba Branch Convenor,

If you would like to email us then please select ‘Contact us’ from our Branch page here.