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Modelling sustainable and optimal solutions for building services integration in early architectural design : confronting the software and professional interoperability deficit

Toth, Bianca, Fernando, Ruwan, Salim, Flora, Drogemuller, Robin, Burry, Jane, Burry, Mark, & Frazer, John H. (2009) Modelling sustainable and optimal solutions for building services integration in early architectural design : confronting the software and professional interoperability deficit. In Proceedings off Cumulus 38 Degrees South, Hemispheric Shifts Across Learning, Teaching and Research, Swinburne University of Technology and RMIT, Melbourne, Victoria.

Abstract

Decisions made in the earliest stage of architectural design have the greatest impact on the construction, lifecycle cost and environmental footprint of buildings. Yet the building services, one of the largest contributors to cost, complexity, and environmental impact, are rarely considered as an influence on the design at this crucial stage. In order for efficient and environmentally sensitive built environment outcomes to be achieved, a closer collaboration between architects and services engineers is required at the outset of projects. However, in practice, there are a variety of obstacles impeding this transition towards an integrated design approach. This paper firstly presents a critical review of the existing barriers to multidisciplinary design. It then examines current examples of best practice in the building industry to highlight the collaborative strategies being employed and their benefits to the design process. Finally, it discusses a case study project to identify directions for further research.

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ID Code: 32010
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: Building Services, Decisions, Integration, Multidisciplinary, Design Modelling
ISBN: 9781921426520
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural Design (120101)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2010 11:35
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:11

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