HIP V. HYPE Sustainability has been closely involved in the establishment of the Nightingale Model. The Model aims to provide quality urban housing by simplifying and humanising both the development process and the building itself. Nightingale 2.0 is a leading example of high-quality, environmentally, socially and financially sustainable housing.

Client

Nightingale Housing

Type

Sustainability Integration

Location

Melbourne, VIC

Stage

Complete

Collaborators

Six Degrees Architects

Photography

Photography by Tess Kelly

Context

Led by Six Degrees Architects and supported by HIP V. HYPE Development, HIP V. HYPE Sustainability was involved from early on in the project to provide an evidence-based approach to achieve the sustainability ambitions for the project.

We were engaged in the early concept design stage of the project which meant that sustainability considerations were integrated into the design process from day one.

The design team adopted a set of ambitious sustainability principles that drove the construction process:

  • Maintaining comfortable temperatures passively
  • Low running costs for life
  • Minimal consumption of natural resources
  • Minimal environmental impacts through construction and operation
  • Sustainable, integrated, convenient travel
  • A community that makes sustainable living easy

The design realised market-leading sustainability outcomes with a certified average 8.6 star NatHERS rating with 50% of homes 8.9 stars or higher. This means that the apartments will be comfortable year round with no active cooling and minimal heating. Combined with intelligent shared servicing strategies will enable residents to enjoy low operating costs. The building is expected to deliver an estimated 50% reduction in energy use compared to a 6 star average building.

RMIT’s Sustainable Building Innovation Laboratory is delivering a post-occupancy performance assessment to ensure the building is performing well in operation and capture lessons and insights for future projects.

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