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SITE TOUR: UTAS Inveresk Apartments

University of Tasmania Inveresk Apartments
26 September / HOBART

The University’s National Rental Affordability Scheme apartments at Inveresk are located on the banks of the North Esk River beside the University’s Inveresk campus. The development consists of 120 apartments and various common areas across two three-storey buildings. The apartments were completed in February 2016.

The Inveresk apartments are Tasmania’s first prefabricated timber-framed multi-storey residential development, combining prefabricated, lightweight timber framing with structural cross-laminated timber (CLT) instead of traditional concrete and steel. The building was designed by local firms Morrison and Breytenbach and Circa Morris-Nunn Architects, with technical expertise from the University’s Centre for Sustainable Architecture with Wood and the team’s structural engineers.

Working with local manufacturers, trades and construction firms, the design team developed a prefabrication enterprise. The 120 apartments, constructed by principal construction contractor Hutchinson Builders were prefabricated as complete, individual modules in a warehouse close to the site. The prefabricated apartments were then transported from the warehouse to the site and installed as a modular build process.

Environmentally sustainable design principles and elements include:

  • passive solar design to minimise space heating requirements
  • natural lighting for day-time lighting requirements
  • use of plantation timber, which is a renewable resource and carbon sink
  • natural ventilation for indoor air quality and cooling, including the first use in Australia of an innovative trickle ventilation system
  • a 40kW photovoltaic array generating on-site renewable energy
  • a system for capture and re-use of rainwater for toilet flushing and fire suppression.
  • occupant surveys

The project is currently being assessed for a Green Building Council of Australia, Green Star rating (minimum targeted is 5 Star).

The tour will include the public and resident amenity spaces, viewing an apartment, walk-through of the transport options to support modal choice, and highlighting the Green Star environmentally sustainable design elements.

Date: Tuesday 26 September
Time: 11.30 am
Venue: University of Tasmania Inveresk Apartments; 6 Barnard’s Way, Inveresk campus, Invermay, Launceston; meeting point at main entrance facing carpark
GBCA CPD: 1 point
Cost: $45.00 [Free for UTAS staff, students and ACTS members]

Kim Beasy, University of Tasmania

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