To draw the public attention on energy efficiency housing for our aging populations, Quality in Engineering Panel (QEP) hosted a seminar on the net-zero energy and age-friendly housing (the Team University of Wollongong Desert Rose Project) on 2nd May 2019 at Harricks Auditorium, Chatswood. The Desert Rose House, awarded 2nd place overall and 1st place in innovation in Solar Decathlon Middle East 2018, was designed and engineered not only to excel in the extreme climate but also to target the quality of life for people living with age-related disabilities.
The seminar was started with a warm welcome from Deputy Chair of QEP, Ari Fernando, followed by the interesting presentations from the representatives of Team UOW, Mandy Li, Macleay Stephenson, Andrew Fitzsimmons and Brendan Banfield. Their presentations covered a range of aspects of this exciting project including architecture, functioning design, structure, construction as well as HVAC and building management system. Professor Tim McCarthy, Head of School of Civil Mining and Environmental Engineering, University of Wollongong companied the students and joined the Q&A section.
QEP Chair Dr Hamid Fatemi helped organise this seminar, along with the enthusiastic participation by committee members John Brett, Ellen Zhao, Leon Yang, Ashi Chauhan and Matt Nazemi. This event provided the public the current development and innovation on sustainable housing. The feedback from the attendees was that the presentations were inspiring and professional. A big thank you to all the staff from Engineers Australia for facilitating this successful event.