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Shadowy Secrets: SK0515

Steve King
Formal CPD
1 Hour - FORMAL
Duration: 00:46:43
Steve King presents a comprehensive overview of Solar Access and Overshadowing analysis relating to development applications. He presents the basic principles of predicting the apparent position of the sun, and follows with a detailed technical explanation, using that data to prepare conventional drawn shadow diagrams. With this knowledge, and by using the appropriate tools and software discussed in the presentation, architects and planners will gain the confidence to assess, and potentially improve designs with respect to Solar Access. Effective techniques for compliance reporting are also discussed.
  • Understand how the impact of the design concept upon the environment and the community is assesed and heeded.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the principles of Solar Access and Overshadowing Assessment in building design.
  • Be aware of the technical basis for constructing shadow diagrams that are useful for design development and Council submissions.
  • Understand the available tools with their capacities, advantages and disadvantages.
  • Understand what the Council requires and the appropriate ways to fulfill the requirements.
  • With increased confidence, have an awareness of the manner in which issues of Solar Access and Overshadowing can be improved, through architectural design, in the wider community.
Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA

    Deputy Director, Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment

    BArch(Hons) DipBdgSc. (Sydney)

    Steve joined UNSW in 1992 after 16 years of teaching in Architecture at the University of Canberra. Prior to that, he worked for Commonwealth Department of Works, Owen Luder Partnership (London) and in private practice as an architect. He was a Visiting Scientist at Jacob Balustein Institute of Desert Research, Sede Boker Israel in 1983, and Visiting Scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles in 1991 and 1992.

    In 1996, he curtailed his architectural design practice to provide consultancy services to government, institutional clients, architects, developers and local authorities as an individual consultant and as a member of the Centre for Sustainable Built Environments (CSBE) at the University of NSW. This role allows him considerable oversight over a range of local and international architectural practice, with a substantial specialization in sustainable development, especially passive environmental control, including appropriate design and alternative technologies in building services.

    In addition to teaching Building services, building climatology and thermal comfort, and design studio at UNSW, Steve is Deputy Director of the Centre for a Sustainable Built Environment (CSBE). His research and consultancy includes work in energy simulation and assessment for houses, building assessments under the NSW SEDA Energy Smart Buildings program, appropriate design and alternative technologies for museums and other cultural institutions, and asthma and domestic building design.

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