'Passive House' design for Soldiers Memorial extension

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The new two storey extension of the Soldiers Memorial Institute on Pall Mall is being built to meet international Passive House standards, the world’s leading standard in energy efficient construction.

City of Greater Bendigo Property Services Manager Andy Walker said he believed that upon completion the new building would be one of the first government buildings in Australia to be constructed to Passive House standards.

“It’s very exciting for the City to be able to set this great example. When using Passive House design, buildings are constructed with high performance windows and a building shell consisting of highly insulated, well-sealed exterior walls, roof and floor to keep the desired warmth in and the undesirable heat out. This results in using very little energy to deliver a comfortable and stable temperature year round,” Mr Walker said.

“The City is committed to reducing our greenhouse emissions and Passive House buildings allow for energy savings of up to 90 per cent compared with typical existing buildings and over 75 per cent compared with average new best-practice constructions.

“In addition, a ventilation system consistently supplies fresh air, making for superior air quality without causing any unpleasant draughts. An efficient heat recovery unit allows for the heat contained in the exhaust air to be re-used.

“The Soldiers Memorial Institute two storey extension will house a new exhibition space on the ground floor level with storage and preparation areas located on the second storey.

“This project is an ideal application for Passive House, as the collections require 24/7 climate control and a very high standard of air quality. This means we can achieve this at the lowest operational cost. Meeting this standard also means the building will be able to host touring exhibitions from the War Memorial in Canberra and other international museums.”

Work on the $4.5M Soldiers Memorial Institute revitalisation project on Pall Mall is progressing well and on track for completion in June 2018.

The project is being funded by the Australian Government through the Community Development Grants Programme ($1.7M), the Victorian Government through the Living Heritage Program ($1.5M), City of Greater Bendigo ($800,000), and Bendigo RSL and community contributions ($500,000).



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