Paulina Solis

Paulina Solis

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Proposed changes for National Construction Code Section J

By Paulina Solis on Apr 5, 2018 4:00:00 PM

The National Construction Code (NCC) is undergoing a massive overhaul in 2019 with  Section J being significantly improved to combat rising greenhouse gases and improve the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings. A range of sustainability certification criterion will be affected, so if you are looking at beginning a new project in the next 12-18 months, these changes could be highly relevant.   

Topics: Section J Changes
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How to keep your home cool next summer

By Paulina Solis on Mar 15, 2018 3:01:56 PM

How do I cool down my home? Our 5 top tips to keep your home comfortable for summer

With the summer season now slowly winding up, it’s a good time to reflect on the thermal performance of your home from the past few months; 

Topics: NatHERS Thermal Comfort
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By Paulina Solis on Mar 2, 2018 6:22:29 PM

Algae-powered buildings 

The building industry is a large contributor to global warming making up more than 18% of Australia’s carbon footprint [1]. It is crucial we now explore new construction materials and smarter energy production methods to reduce our impact. Would it be possible that we could find a simple solution in a natural product that will assist buildings became not only energy efficient and healthier for its occupants, but also self-powered? Reducing our environmental footprint and improving wellbeing naturally? Well, you better believe it because we have.. ALGAE!    

Topics: Emerging Design
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Top 5 Algae-Powered Innovations for your home

By Paulina Solis on Feb 22, 2018 4:00:00 PM

As the reality of climate change inches closer, the need to search for new and innovative ways to power our lifestyles continue.
While the idea of using living organisms as a source of power amd light and light may at first thought sound closer to something out of a sci-fi movie, algae as a source of power could be a real alternative that is both viable and ethically sound.
Algae continually and quickly grow via photosynthesis and have bioluminescence qualities [1]. As the fastest growing organic material on our planet [2], algae is being looked into as a creative and environmentally friendly substitute in the fields of construction and design.

Topics: Design Emerging Materials