How a Commercial Building used Environmentally Friendly

Architecture to Cut Energy Costs and Emissions

Explore the World of Danpalon to Find Out How Sustainable Architecture Can Help You

Engineers, architects and designers are not only reducing costs but eliminating them through eco architecture. Eco friendly architecture is literally powering a commercial office building in Coffs Harbour. With multiple suites and occupants, you’d think the power bill would be high no matter how good the environmental building design is. It is running without energy costs or emissions thanks to sustainable architectural design.

Eco Friendly Architecture is Not Expensive

The entire project in Coffs Harbour, including all site fees was $270,000. The office sources little to no energy from the grid and uses no town water thanks to a massive storage tank. The office used 1209 kWH in its first year (sourced from 100% green power). The average office building in NSW is expected to increase to 6.3PJ in 2020. That is equivalent to 1.7+ billion KWH annually. The office will be reducing energy demand to zero with the installation of solar panels.

Australia has seen energy price increases of 117%(1). Queensland, NSW and Victoria have the lowest amount of renewables, the highest energy demands and the highest energy price increases.(2) In Queensland, solar and wind prices increased 3% while electricity increased 136%. As most commercial (and industrial) buildings rely entirely on electricity(3), there is no better time to embrace the natural resources, technology and expertise Australia has on hand.

The National Construction Code was revised in May 2019 to include an energy reduction target of 35%.(4) Architects, designers and engineers are actively updating their preferred products and materials with innovative solutions that respond to this challenge.

 

What Can Be Done Now?

Lighting and temperature management are our largest energy burdens.(5) There is a lot that can easily be done to existing and new buildings right now.

Reduce Lighting Costs

Install translucent, high quality insulated roofing
The Coffs Harbour office installed insulated Danpalon canopies allow diffused light in and manage heat gain and loss.

Add building and window shades
Natural shade from large trees is the perfect solution. Established trees located exactly where we need them are hard to come by. Danpal’s Controlite Systems(6, 7) are ideal for complete intelligent shading solutions that require no manual adjustments. Louvre systems(8) are often used for adding shade to buildings and outdoor spaces. They are also beautiful!

Reduce Temperature Costs

Upgrade insulation

Ensure facades provide insulation to the building! They should effectively manage heat gain and loss. 18 – 27°C was the temperature range in the Coffs Harbour offices over 12 months using no air-conditioning.

‘U’ and ‘R’ values

Install products with low ‘U’ and high ‘R’ values for optimal heat gain and loss management.(9)

Looking to improve energy efficiency or reduce power bills to your home, workplace or other building? Talk to the experts at Danpal (https://danpal.com.au/contact-us/). You’re invited to browse the Danpal blog and project gallery for inspiration! https://danpal.com.au

 

References
• Byrd J. Chart of the Day: Something Has Gone Terribly Wrong With Electricity Prices: ABC News; 2018 [Available from: www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-18/electricity-price-rises-chart-of-the-day/9985300.
• Clean Energy Council. Electricity Prices: Clean Energy Council; 2018 [Available from: www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au/advocacy-initiatives/electricity-prices.
• Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Baseline Energy Consumption and Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In Commercial Buildings in Australia: Part 1 Report2012 25 Jun 2019:[122 p.]. Available from: www.energy.gov.au/sites/default/files/baseline-energy-consumption-part_1-report-2012.pdf.
• Master Builders QLD. National Construction Code QLD: Master Builders QLD; 2019 [Available from: www.mbqld.com.au/services-and-advice/building-planning-and-development/technical-info/national-construction-code.
• Australian Government. Energy: Australian Government; 2019 [Available from: www.yourhome.gov.au/energy.
• Danpal Australia. Controlite Facade: Danpal Australia; 2019 [Available from: www.danpal.com.au/products/product-1/.
• Danpal Australia. Controlite Roofing: Danpal Australia; 2019 [Available from: www.danpal.com.au/products/controlite-roofing/.
• Danpal Australia. Danpal Louvre System: Danpal Australia; 2019 [Available from: www.danpal.com.au/products/louvre/.
• Bonnefin J. U and R Values and Energy Rating: BASIX, NatHERS and Section J 2019 11 Jun 2019. Available from: www.certifiedenergy.com.au/blog/u-r-values-energy-rating.