A big congratulations to JCB Associate Danielle Pacella on becoming a Certified Passive House Designer.

Danielle is instrumental in JCB’s sustainability approach for our clients and projects. From defining the thermal envelope to overcoming planning and construction challenges, she brings valuable knowledge and experience in the design and delivery of Passive House buildings.

A key project of note is Gillies Hall at Monash University’s Peninsula Campus, completed in 2019 and one of the largest Passive House Certified (PHC) buildings in the southern hemisphere.

“Beyond its innovative industry approach, the team delivered the Gillies Hall project in just 19 months,” explains Danielle who was project architect for the award-winning student living development.

“Gillies Hall achieves some impressive firsts for low energy buildings: standing as the largest PHC building in the southern hemisphere until recently, it’s also Australia’s first student accommodation built to Passive House standards and one of the nation’s largest mass timber projects.”

While cross laminated timber panel construction inspired much of the interior language for Gillies Hall, the main reason it was selected was its low carbon construction benefits that align with PHC requirements.

PHC requires buildings to achieve approximately 70% less energy consumption than an equivalent BCA compliant building, and costs between 6% and 10% more to deliver. With tangible outcomes delivered via ongoing cost savings and helping reduce the impacts of climate change, more intangible benefits such as occupant comfort and wellbeing are also realised.

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