Think represents the ideas and experience across our network of discipline experts. We design to improve the built environment for people and nature. Central to this is sharing knowledge with our colleagues and industry peers through case studies, articles and collaboration.

ARTICLES

A meta-analysis of physiological stress responses to natural environments: Biophilia and Stress Recovery Theory perspectives ( Download 3.8Kb)

An article delving into two pivotal theories that form the backbone of Jason Gaekwad’s PhD research: the Biophilia Hypothesis and Stress Recovery Theory.
AUTHORS  Jason Gaekwad, Technical Director | Building Physics and Sustainability, Melbourne
Anahita Sal Moslehian, Deakin University
Phillip B. Roös, Deakin University
DATE   September, 2023
Journal: Journal of Environmental Psychology, Volume 90, September 2023

Reducing Embodied Carbon in Buildings

AUTHOR  Jason Gaekwad, Technical Director | Building Physics and Sustainability, Melbourne
DATE   June 8, 2023

The fourth and final part of a series discussing buildings and carbon emissions, with previous articles discussing broader concepts of embodied carbon, operational carbon, and green building.

Net Zero Carbon Neutral & Embodied Carbon

AUTHOR  Jason Gaekwad, Technical Director | Building Physics and Sustainability, Melbourne
DATE   April 13, 2023

The third in a series of short articles which cover concepts around ‘Net Zero’ and what it means for buildings and construction projects.

Tracking building operational energy and carbon emissions using S-curve trajectories—a prototype tool (Download PDF 1.4 Mb)

AUTHORS:
Roderic Bunn, Associate, Inhabit, London, UK and UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, London, UK
Esfand Burman, UCL Institute for Environmental Design and Engineering, London, UK
James Warne, Director, Inhabit, London, UK
Jamie Bull, Baringa, London, UK
John Field, Native Hue, London, UK
DATE: March 2023
JOURNAL: Building Services Engineering Research and Technology, Volume 44, Issue 2

New and refurbished non-domestic buildings are failing to live up to their anticipated performance. Shortfalls show in excess energy consumption, high carbon dioxide emissions and other failings in quantitative and qualitative performance metrics. This paper describes the component parts of the performance gap using evidence from building performance evaluations. It introduces a way of visualising the consequences of decisions and actions that are known to compromise performance outcomes using a performance curve methodology (the S-curve) which plots performance, and the root causes of underperformance, from project inception to initial operation and beyond.

Net Zero in Context: Climate Change & Buildings

AUTHOR  Jason Gaekwad, Regional Manager | Building Physics + Sustainability, Melbourne
DATE   August 16, 2021

The first in a series of short articles which cover concepts around ‘Net Zero’ and what it means for buildings and construction projects.

Our Response So Far – ‘Green Building’

AUTHOR  Jason Gaekwad, Regional Manager | Building Physics + Sustainability, Melbourne
DATE   September 10, 2021

The second in a series of short articles covering concepts around ‘Net Zero’ and what it means for buildings and construction projects.

CASE STUDY

Environmental Analysis Reflected Glare (Download PDF 1Mb)

AUTHOR   Stefanie Talarico, Senior Building Physics + Sustainability Engineer
DATE   February 2023

In this case study on Reflected Glare, Stefanie Talarico outlines how reflected glare from a commercial tower to nearby roads was assessed against a veiling luminance performance criterion, to support Local Town Planning requirements. Following the assessment, Inhabit’s Building Physics + Sustainability team considered mitigation measures such as alternative glazing reflectivity properties, or manipulating the architectural form in the causal zone to reduce glare reflected onto nearby roads.