For over 30 years Ecotect-Architects have been leaders in
creating healthy and energy efficient office environments. Apart
from the commonsense aspects our team realize that the use of
natural air and light changes the mental states of the building
users and occupants. Comprehensive research has shown that creating
a healthy office environment results in large productivity gains
and less workdays lost due to illness.
The first step is to ensure that a high level of fresh air is
attained as part of the mechanical ventilation and air
conditioning. Often the buildings utilize night ventilation to
augment the maximized passive solar approach to the designs.
During the day hybrid fresh air systems ensure that a maximum of
fresh air is introduced and stale air ejected after having its
internal energy (heat or 'coolth') recycled into the incoming air
Natural light using strategic skylights and tubes are a part of
the design strategy introduced early in the design process, instead
of forcing an unworkable 'add-ons' to the concept after the design
has been finalized.
Used of high efficiency chilling systems and supplementary heat
boosters ensure minimal energy use by utilizing the thermal mass of
the building via natural material or high tech solution that
enhance thermal inertia benefits.
The embodied energy investment is carefully analysed at the
early concept stages of the design process and the selection of non
toxic materials for finishes, fittings and fixtures is a high
prority to ensure the best ecological solution is obtained for the
budgetary constraints stipulated by the client. We avoid sick
building syndrome as a high priority and the use of fresh air
systems ensures maximized health outcomes.
- 1976, McCarty Offices, North Fremantle
- 1980, Forrest Street Offices, Cottesloe
- 1980, Hay Street Offices, Subiaco
- 1981, Rokeby Road Offices, Subiaco
- 1985, Russell Centre 159 Adelaide Terrace, Perth
- 1989, Solar Energy Information Centre, Sourth Perth (Nat Energy
- 2009, Wise Earth / Ecotect-Architect Offices, Swanbourne
- 2010, Swanbourne Business Centre, Swanbourne
There have been numerous audits and consulting commissions that
applied these principles to government buildings and projects lead
by other architects.
Office projects are usually designed and documented for
approximately 5% of full construction costs. For larger and
repetitive concepts then this fee can be reduced by negotiation
once a full understanding has been attained about the nature of the
project and the amount of detail required to ensure a professional
result is achieved.
Project management services are available during the
construction phase or simply contract administration, as is usually
the case with government projects.
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