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Passive House – The Basics

Based around the principles of the International Thermal Comfort Standard ISO 7730, Passive House aims to provide year-round optimal thermal comfort and minimum energy consumption. Compared to buildings of “standard” construction, a Passive House building will consume up to 90% less energy in operation for heating, cooling and ventilation needs. The history of the Passive [...]

By |March 29th, 2017|Categories: Summary|

Making art out of a university building

A new building at Melbourne University shows how architecture can deliver joy and functionality. Cameras are already pointed at Arts West, a new building for the faculty of the arts at the University of Melbourne. Read More .... Publication:        The Age Commercial Real Estate, March 11, 2017

By |March 21st, 2017|Categories: Arts + Entertainment, Education, Summary|

Major Breakfast Seminar focus on the Paris Agreement

For the first Major Breakfast Seminar to be held on 16 March and titled ‘The Paris Agreement, renewable’s and buildings’, Shane Esmore, Umow Lai Director and Head of Sustainability, will focus on the Agreement and the implications for the Australian building sector. The Paris Agreement came into force in November 2016, thirty days after the [...]

2016 – A remarkable year

25th anniversary We work hard and we know how to celebrate! During September, we hosted several successful events to commemorate our 25th anniversary. Around 300 people, a veritable ‘who’s who’ of people associated with the engineering, architecture, property and building industry, joined our directors and staff in the Jim Stynes Room of the Melbourne Cricket [...]

Umow Lai helps rebuild the famous Waltzing Matilda Centre

Umow Lai is delighted to have the opportunity to provide a range of services for Winton’s famous Waltzing Matilda Centre that is being rebuilt following a devastating fire in 2015.“We are working with Cox Architecture as a member of the project team to rebuild the Centre. This is a part of our European cultural heritage [...]

AIRAH 2016 Winner – Excellence in Sustainability

Providing the highest level of sustainable design and Green Star services for the new School of Design building at The University of Melbourne has led to the project being selected as a finalist in the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) 2016 Awards - Award for Excellence in Sustainability. According to Shane [...]

By |November 8th, 2016|Categories: Summary|

Risk Management

Effective Risk Management can help a business identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of a project. By identifying the potential risks, it is then possible to plan how to mitigate them, possibly even removing them completely. Step one in any Risk Assessment is preparation. One of the key strategies for effective Risk Management is [...]

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Summary|

Umow Lai welcomes a new NSW State Manager and announces key appointments

NSW State Manager Patrick Elliott Patrick has particular interest in the integration of pragmatic sustainable design into buildings.  A mechanical engineer, he has led many multi discipline projects across a range of building sectors and particularly enjoys working in the Sports and Recreation, Public, Commercial and Tertiary sectors. He graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology [...]

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Summary|

The University of Melbourne – Arts West Redevelopment – Digital Transformation

Designing the audio visual services for one of the University of Melbourne’s most significant building projects in recent years was an interesting challenge, and one that has successfully delivered new, dynamic purpose-built learning and teaching spaces for students and staff. The recently completed $65M Arts West redevelopment is the new home for the University’s Bachelor [...]

By |October 27th, 2016|Categories: Summary|