High Life Expo 2016
Luke spoke at the High Life Expo 2016 on Wednesday about his experience retrofitting an inner city apartment to make it more efficient.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JOURNEY When Luke, his partner and their new baby moved into this two-level apartment in Fitzroy in 2012, it was dark, had meagre storage space and an envelope with poor thermal performance. As a building designer with a strong interest in sustainability, Luke decided to embarked on an interior redesign to improve the inner-city apartment’s functionality, energy efficiency and thermal performance. He used a thermal imaging camera to find the spots where heat was escaping and entering. He covered and insulated a skylight and changed the old downlights in the living space and kitchen to sealed LEDs. He also installed draught excluders and repaired the apartment’s doors so they would seal completely. Reflective film blinds were hung on the northern windows to keep the summer heat out. Changes in the kitchen and installation of wicking planter boxes on the balcony also improved the apartment’s liveability. The result, according to Luke, is a “funky space that works”, on a modest budget of $35,000.