July 19, 2022
By Dong Chen
Overheating in houses can pose a risk to human health and cause increased hospital admission rates, mortality rates and reduced work productivity. Under the Darwin Living Lab project, a 10-year collaboration between CSIRO and the partners of the Darwin City Deal, the Darwin Home Comfort Rating Project is a collaborative project among Northern Territory Government, CSIRO, Queensland University of Technology, University of Adelaide and other partners on developing a software tool for assessing the overheating risks in Darwin homes during design stage.
The aims of this 18-month project are developing a user-friendly software for overheating risk assessment; promoting and facilitating good climate sensitive designs for hot humid tropics for reducing overheating risks in homes; informing the future development of the Nationwide House Energy Rating Scheme (NatHERS) and National Construction Code for energy efficient and healthy home designs.
The project is co-led by Dong Chen with the support from Mahsan Sadeghi, Abhishek Godhani from Energy and Stephen Cook and Tim Muster from Land and Water Business Unit.