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Mornington Shire Council Seniors Units

Project No: 6832

We were engaged by Mornington Shire Council to provide Design Management & full Multi-discipline engineering design (Structural, Civil, Plumbing & Drainage, Electrical, and Energy Efficiency Assessment) for five new town house residences – located on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria! The Seniors Units project aims to ensure that community members can stay with family and community while maintaining access to care.

Throughout the project, we worked closely with Cairns-based Architects People Orientated Designs (POD), who specialize in indigenous communities and remote projects. Together, we ensured the units met standards for Design & Construction for remote housing, and for social housing dwellings. The project was delivered with great success and we look forward to working with POD, and with Mornington SC in the future.

Cannon Hill Residence

Project No: 6924

The BEC Team worked alongside Owen Architecture on the design and development approval of a new two storey house and associated external works constructed in Cannon Hill, on Dorothea St.

We provided detailed structural design and documentation, and detailed Hydraulic design and documentation including water reticulation, sanitary drainage and site drainage.  We also provided extensive Energy Efficiency design and assessment elements for the Class 1 dwelling, including software modelling and simulation; iterative model glazing and insulation improvements in consultation with client; and preparation of energy efficiency report to meet Queensland Development Code.

Boree St, Burpengary

Project No. 6808

BEC’s Boree St project scope included Structural, Civil, Hydraulic and ESD engineering services as well as ESD modelling, compliance and recommendations on a new 3 storey residence in Burpengary.

Primarily a blockwork/concrete project, the design includes a lap pool wrapping around the north and west walls and originally incorporated a steel frame structure proposed to support north and south facing green roofs. As the project progressed, BEC was also asked to provide an erosion and sediment control plan. Our scope included structural design for the entire building, inclusive of coordination between dwelling and pool such that the dwelling/pool interface includes an underwater basement pool window.

Our ESD contribution covered NatHERS modelling for compliance, solar PV system consultancy, and electricity usage analysis among other recommendations.  The Solar PV system feeds into multiple Tesla Powerwall II systems to ensure the battery power storage is sufficient to continue to power the entire house during heavy storm conditions with no grid power.  (more…)

Barton Street

Project No. 6807

BE Collective was commissioned by Jason Bird (Founder, managing director, and designer at Luxxbox) to work on structural alterations and additions on ‘The Bird House’ as it has come to be known in the office.  The existing house is a two-storey construction with single-storey street frontage on stumps, and a lower storey which is part built in.

Our mission – as we chose to accept it – was to take the existing house and transform it into a modern dwelling that grows from and compliments the surrounding terrain. Our work included an extension, pool and carport to create a living space that a world class design professional would appreciate. 

The diverse professional skillset of our team allowed us control of the project across disciplines, meaning we could complete the revitalised building design; structural analysis and design; and energy efficiency design process comprehensively and internally. This enabled greater communication across disciplines and a unity of vision throughout every stage of the project. After taking over the design process, BEC was able to drastically reduce construction costs, while increasing thermal performance of the building and provide significant engineering solutions and comprehensive ESD for this structurally complex construction. (more…)

Princess Street ESD and Solar, Petrie Terrace

Project No. 6791

The BE Collective team were commissioned to provide ESD (Environmentally Sustainable Design) consultancy services on a fantastically designed bespoke home in Brisbane’s Petrie Terrace. We were thrilled to work in close cahoots with Owen Architecture – of whom we’re big fans.

We undertook the required energy efficiency analysis, satisfying the requirements for a Class 1 building in Queensland, covering insulation, glazing, shading, energy use, air conditioning, and lighting.

Our works also included design and specification for a large solar photovoltaic system, capable of generating 6.5 kilowatts of energy. We designed a tailor-made system for a FIFO worker, using in-depth analysis of energy demand and usage patterns. 3D modelling and hourly energy usage and generation data profiles were used to evaluate a range of solar energy options. This energy will be stored in one of the first Tesla Powerwall 2’s ever to be fitted in Australia.  The Powerwall 2’s 14kWh capacity Li-ion battery means the home will be effectively energy self-sufficient. As you’d expect this had the Musk-enthusiasts in the office waving their high-tech sustainably-sourced fan banners. (more…)