Water pipes embedded in the floors and walls keep the building at a comfortable temperature

Swinburne University’s Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC) is unlike most educational buildings in Australia.

It uses hydronics – water pipes embedded in the floors and walls – for heating and cooling, and fresh air is drawn into the building through windows via the atrium, without the use of ductwork for airconditioning.

In Australia, we’re quite wedded to the idea that large buildings need ductwork blowing warm or cool air around the building to maintain a specific temperature. Quite uncomfortable.

This has several negative health implications that are quite well known overseas and are starting to be understood better here.

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