Catalyst - Council House Two
Council House Two, or CH2 as its known, is quite possibly the eco-office block of the future – many of its design principles have been taken from nature.
To create environmentally friendly buildings, architect Mick Pearce says his profession should learn from the natural world. To cool and heat an office block, for example, we use massive energy-consuming air conditioners and heaters. Yet, using no more than the natural elements of the sun and the wind, by careful design termites are able to keep their nests at around 30 degrees - despite outside temperatures varying between 40 degrees in the day and below zero at night.
Mick has put his money where his mouth is and designed an incredibly environmentally friendly building that's been constructed in Melbourne's CBD. It consumes only 15% of the energy of a regular building and about 30% of the water. Find out exactly how he achieved this on a guided tour of this amazing building with the host of Catalyst, Dr. Graham Phillips.
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