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Delta Tower: Carbon-Neutral Wooden Complex to be Australia’s First Passive House
Posted By Andrew Michler On March 11, 2011 @ 12:30 pm In Architecture,Green Building,Prefab Housing | No Comments
Australia’s first Passive House  certified building will also be part of a new breed of zero carbon multi-story buildings that use wood  as a central building component. Designed by Melbourne based Studio 505  and built by the progressive developer Grocon , the Delta building is aiming to be the greenest multi-story building in Australia.
The project is part of a series of beautifully designed projects that includes the Pixel  zero carbon building at the Carlton Brewery  site in downtown Melbourne. The 50-unit residential tower will stand 10-12 stories tall atop a heritage bluestone building. The tower will be composed of prefabricated laminated FSC timbers that will be locally sourced.
The project’s carbon neutral design  goes well beyond the materials used, and the building is also seeking Passive House certification, easily making it the most efficient building in the country. The building is aiming for a record-breaking 105 Green Star  points as well — 100 from the base and 5 innovation points.
The tower’s construction and design is intimately connected with the new European model of large timber construction to Passive House standards. The super-efficient shell is highly insulated, meticulously airtight, and features super high-efficiency windows. This sharply reduces the size of the equipment needed to heat and cool the building. The highest-performing and most affordable Passive House projects in Europe have been multi-story family units  like the Delta. The prefabricated , componetized system will also make the building simpler to assemble on-site.
+ Studio 505 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/delta-tower-carbon-neutral-wooden-complex-to-be-australias-first-passive-house/grocon-delta/
 Passive House: http://www.passivehouse.us/passiveHouse/PHIUSHome.html
 wood: http://inhabitat.com/lifecycle-tower-in-austria-will-be-worlds-tallest-wooden-building/
 Studio 505: http://www.studio505.com.au/
 Grocon: http://www.grocon.com.au/index2.htm
 Pixel: http://inhabitat.com/crazy-pixel-building-to-be-australias-first-carbon-neutral-office-building/
 Carlton Brewery: http://www.carltonbrewery.com.au/
 carbon neutral design: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=carbon+neutral
 Green Star: http://inhabitat.com/index.php?s=%22green+star%22
 multi-story family units: http://inhabitat.com/stylish-super-efficient-swiss-home-wins-the-2010-passivhaus-award/
 prefabricated: http://inhabitat.com/architecture/prefab-housing/
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