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“Energy Centre” Concept Design

Arkitektika have recently prepared concept designs for a new “Energy Centre” as part of a new residential estate on the Gold Coast. Situated in a parkland setting the new energy centre is to provide community facilities to the residents of the estate, promoting community interaction and forming one of the focal points for the new subdivision. Featuring a commercial centre to assist residents small businesses, gymnasium, yoga and multipurpose rooms, as well as a lap pool and bbq facilities this development will set ... Read more

EcoDesigner energy modelling in design process

Arkitektika have always employed passive design principles to ensure our designs have high comfort levels without being reliant on artificial heating, cooling, or lighting – now we can test and measure that in the design phases! Increasing community awareness of both quality in design and energy efficiency, along with increasing energy costs, is driving greater interest in creating environments with both technical performance and aesthetic qualities. Utilizing Arkitektika’s Building Information Modelling (BIM) to create virtual models that allows our clients to experience buildings ... Read more

Energy requirements of Building Code changes design process…

Recent changes to the Building Code of Australia are encouraging revision to the design processes for energy efficiency in buildings. With increasing energy costs, energy efficient design will continue to grow in importance to developers, investors, and occupants alike. As energy use in commercial and multi-residential buildings is a major component of the overall running costs of these buildings, and a significant contributor to global climate issues, it is obvious that savings in this area will have significant impact financially and environmentally. Glazing in buildings ... Read more

Solar cells generating money!

Arkitektika recently arranged for the retrofitting of solar panels on a roof for a client. Positioned with forethought to orientation and roof pitch, this new roof top grid-connected photovoltaic solar panel system will pay itself off quickly and then start generating money for the clients while they enjoy free electricity and receive an income from the energy retailers. The system was installed on a north facing roof that was intended when we designed the residence to maximise the solar exposure and efficiency of ... Read more