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lee commented on Climate Adapted People Shelter- CAPS

check out the blog at http://ulab.org.au/caps-climate-adapted-people-shelter/?blogsub=confirming#subscribe-blog. WE have run three of the first round of workshops and we have had our second really hot day in Sydney today. WE've talked to about 60 people and here are few points they have made about what makes aclimate adapted shelter:
- materials that insulate/dissipate heat/ allow for air flow;
- water bubblers;
-use of lighter colours, eg roof to reflect heat;
- modifying strucutre to limit exposure eg. tilting roof, moveable panels/walls patron enabled;
-air cirulation;
- collection of rain water;
'New, up to date bus shelter will give us 21st Century solutions to 21st Century issues- dealing with climate issues with increasing population, traffic and making use of time by use of technology. I'm optimistic about this project!'
WE also did some work on vulnerable personas and found they need:
- security- safety features and lighting
- comfort- shade and a seat made from natural materials that isn't hot
- connectivity- visibility and information on bus services
- accessibility- space in shelter to accomodate a wheel chair becuase too hot in the sun
We'll launch the competition in a few weeks and the link will be on the current blog. thanks again for your support.

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lee commented on Climate Adapted People Shelter- CAPS

Hi Matt, it is me running the project, there are 3 researchers in climate adaption, open innovation n smart technology. I'm bringing things together. I'm currently facilitating user workshops that will inform the design criteria for the competition launch in a few weeks. How might you help? I'm not sure what you could do? I'm still looking for sponsorship for prize money? I'm also looking for some financial assistance so I can continue in a part time capacity after Dec 18 2015. I expect the project to be completed this time next year. Thanks so much for your interest n encouragement . Lee

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lee commented on "Building" a Better Future

It seems that those who build green are future proofing their assets and super -annuation funds are more likely to purchase green buildings because they are cheaper to run and more likely to be rented. I think it is the tenants who need to require the tenancy to be green. It is a bit chicken and egg, where is the demand derived from, owner or tenant. I think there is increasing pressure on banks from customers requiring bank loans to be in sustainable projects, so that may be another avenue to focus from? Lee