Sustainable Housing: Challenges facing zero energy homes in southern Australia


The Royal Society of Tasmania - 2017 Launceston Lecture Series

Start Date

27th Aug 2017 1:15pm


Meeting Room, QVMAG at Inveresk

RSVP / Contact Information

RSVP is essential by Thursday 24 August, E: or T: 6323 3798

Presented by

Dr Mark Dewsbury

imageWhat is a zero energy home? In the current national and global building materials supply chain, are we considering carbon emissions adequately? And what about water? In this presentation Mark will discuss aspects of envelope design, thermal mass and airtightness that must be considered on the pathway to zero. How should we be making our homes such that they require minimal energy for heating or cooling, provide adequate indoor air quality and passively minimise the occurrence of condensation and mould?

Mark is passionate about sustainability and has been involved in the sustainable design of commercial and residential buildings for more than 20 years. His research collaborations have included industry, state government, federal government and CSIRO. His research focuses on methods of building to improve the thermal performance of Australian buildings and has incorporated empirical validation, testing and calibration building simulation programs. Most recently, his research has included the use of timber as thermal mass and condensation risks in contemporary building systems.

imageBefore Dr Dewsbury’s lecture Zac Corbett will report on his attendance at The 2017 London International Youth Science Forum.

Zac is a year 12 student at St. Brendan-Shaw College, Devonport where he is studying Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science and Mathematics Methods. He hopes to study at a tertiary level in the STEM field specializing in Chemistry, and one day to work researching and developing more sustainable, environmentally friendly fuels which will help us to eliminate emissions from our vehicles.

Admission: $6 General Public, $4 Friends of the Museum, members of Launceston Historical Society and Students
Free for members of The Royal Society of Tasmania


This lecture is presented with the generous support of the Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery.