Research

Post-Occupancy Evaluation

Salmond Architecture director Anne Salmond has been involved into researching methods for undertaking post-occupancy with Victoria University of Wellington

Anne undertakes evaluations using the walkthrough method developed there.

 

Post occupancy evaluations completed include:

Hanson Court apartments          WCC housing upgrade project      

Regent Park housing                   WCC city housing  project           

TeAra Hau                                       WCC city housing  project

Berkeley Dallard                            WCC city housing project

Newtown Park                               WCC city housing project

School of Architecture                 Victoria University of Wellington

Science laboratories                     Victoria University of Wellington

Bank of New Zealand Retail Outlets

New Zealand Armed Forces  Navy accommodation units

 

Building evaluations are carried out as part of the briefing for new projects, to help assess the effectiveness of completed projects, and to determine any finetuning or changes required to exisitng projects.

 

Applied Research into new materials and building methods

Salmond architecture has been involved over the last few years in building with new construction methods, creating more cost effective, warmer homes with materials such as:

Structural Insulated Panels ( SIP )

Constructed from a composite board using oriented strand board with urethane foam insulation, SIP panels provide a strong, lightweight construction system with excellent insulation and bracing characeristics.

Salmond Architecture designed the first SIP panel house to be completed in New Zealand, and have since completed three houses using this system and have two more under construction.  Anne Salmond and Doug Robinson have been responsible for developing details for use of this material in New Zealand houses.

The measured performance of these houses is impressive, with significant improvements in comfort and reductions in energy costs .

High Performance House with Warmframe technology

Salmond Architecture designed the first house in New Zealand using the Warmframe composite wall system, which  combines lightweight structural steel with insulation products to provide a wall frame that  improves the thermal performance of the building envelope.

The High Perfromance House with warmframe technology is a demonstration home at HIVE the home innovation park in Christchurch ( www.warmframe.co.nz) ( www.highperfromancehouses.co.nz )