Integrated Design Studio

About the project

This IDS program, incorporating two design projects (IDS-13 and IDS-14), will bring together architects, mechanical and electrical engineers, construction managers and quantity surveyors to explore new ways of designing that will integrate technical performance and “constructability” with the many other design aspects of mixed-use buildings incorporating aspects of aged care. It is expected this IDS will produce innovative design concepts that will be a crucial part of Bolton Clarke’s commitment to a people-centred, co-design approach to fulfil its mission of improving health, independence and quality of life, while also delivering buildings that provide flexible management of cooling demand and optimisation of renewable energy.

Project titleIntegrated Design Studio IDS-14 Subtropical and Tropical Mixed-use Buildings
Project numberIDS14
Project locationQueensland (Caboolture and Cairns)
Lead partnerQUT
Project partners
Project participantsBolton Clarke (Client)
Stantec Australia
JHA Consulting Engineers
NDY/Tetra Tech
Hansen Yuncken
Built Environment Collective
Fulton Trotter Architects
Start date03/2021
End date06/2022
ARENA/i-Hub funding$134,070
Total project cost$365,293


This IDS will extend on the learnings of previous IDS projects by addressing a number of outstanding issues:

  1. The goals and performance objectives of a vertically integrated client (whole of life perspective for building design, operation and asset value
  2. The complexities and competing occupant needs of mixed used buildings
  3. Subtropical and tropical climate control needs, the impact on HVAC, and the implications for energy supply and demand
  4. Incorporating building services design, constructability and economic feasibility into the IDS process from the beginning, within the context of design of occupant health and wellbeing.


The project team consists of the client, and consultants, academics and students in engineering, building services, construction management, sustainability and architecture. Two periods of weekly design studio workshops will run. The first period (March–June) will focus on key concepts and relationships regarding design/construction processes, and industry challenges regarding energy performance / net zero energy targets and demand management. Academic and student team members will meet weekly, with consultants joining fortnightly. The second period (July–November) will pivot heavily on design solutions, with a collective focus on design solutions and feasibility evaluation.


This project expects to:

  1. Contribute to the knowledge and development of the IDS process
  2. Overcome discipline prioritisation and risk management barriers that prevent design consultants from providing innovative design for the clients that include energy optimisation and renewable energy integration while also considering constructability, operational ease and asset life
  3. Contribute innovations that increase the faction of building energy that can be economically provided by on-site renewable energy, and maximise local use of onsite renewable energy (through demand shifting/management/control/storage options), within these specific climate contests and building typologies.

Evaluation Framework

All sub-projects within i-Hub are evaluated as part of the ongoing i-Hub project management process. Evaluation is completed by the project manager and reviewed by the Activity Leaders Group and i-Hub Steering Committee. Please click here to read the Evaluation Framework.

Created 20/04/2021