The Knowledge Hub page is a central location where all reports submitted by the i-Hub sub-projects can be found. The reports are also available to download on individual sub-project pages.


Living Laboratories – Green Proving Grounds

Living Laboratories will be real-life buildings and spaces where the real-life performance of innovative products and services can be tested. The spaces will be highly instrumented and flexible, allowing a wide range of innovations to be investigated, from both energy and user-experience perspectives. More information is available here.


LLHC1: Sector-wide engagement and impact

This project will quantify sector energy consumption and identify the potential for integrated HVAC and renewable energy solutions.

LLHC1 Health and Energy Roadmap Report
LLHC1 Lessons Learnt Report
LLHC1 Knowledge Sharing Report
Renewable Energy and Enabling Technology and Services Evaluation Framework (REETSEF) for Healthcare Sector
Technical Report: Healthcare Sector Baseline Data and KPIs
LLHC1 Interim Report: Examination of the potential to align health and energy co-benefits

More information about this project is available here.


LLHC2: Warrigal Aged Care establishment and operation

The Warrigal Shell Cove i-Hub Living Laboratory will be a world class aged care home for independent evaluation of the benefits of emerging HVAC&R, renewable energy and enabling technologies.

LLHC2 Technology Evaluation report
LLHC2 Lessons Learnt Report
LLHC2 Knowledge Sharing Report
Living Lab Operations Manual: Warrigal Residential Care Home
Warrigal Shell Cove Living Laboratory Prospectus
LLHC2 Technical Report: Warrigal Residential Care Home – Monitoring and Baseline Data Analysis V3.0
LLHC2 Technology Evaluation Report – Flow Power: Electricity Spot Price Trading
LLHC2 M6 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


LLHC3: Fernhill Residential Aged Care

This new RAC will support validation of innovations in building products, smart sensors and control devices, and electricity generation, storage and trading.

LLCH3 Lessons learnt report
LLHC3 Knowledge sharing report
LLHC3 Fernhill Residential Aged Care – Operations Manual and Baseline Data Analysis V4.0
LLHC3 Fernhill Residential Aged Care Baseline Data V4.0
LLHC3 Technology Evaluation Report – Synengco HVAC Plant Digital Twin
LLHC3 Technology Evaluation Report – Application of Honeycomb Blinds
LLHC3 M6 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


LLHC4: Queensland Children’s Hospital

This hospital Living Lab will validate emerging technologies in demand reduction, demand management, renewable energy and enabling technologies.

LLHC4 Technology Evaluation Report – GMG Thermal XR Coating System
LLHC4 Technology Evaluation Report – Exergenics Stage 2
LLHC4 Technology Evaluation Report – Buildings Alive REF
LLHC4 Technical Report – Analysis of Future Energy Use QCH
LLHC4 Lessons learnt report
LLCH4 Knowledge sharing report
LLHC4 Queensland Children’s Hospital – Operations Manual and Baseline Data V3.0
LLHC4 Queensland Children’s Hospital – Baseline Data V1.0
LLHC4 Technology Evaluation Report – Exergenics Digital Twin (QCH Chiller system optimisation)
LLHC4 M6 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


LLHC5: Net-zero energy and resilient hospitals

This project will assist healthcare facility asset managers in operating and managing their building and energy infrastructure assets.

LLHC5 Healthcare Living Laboratories: Net Zero Energy and Resilient Hospitals – considerations of future climate, pandemics, and demand management
LLHC5 Lessons learnt report
LLHC5 Knowledge sharing report

More information about this project is available here.


LLS1: Sector-wide engagement and impact

The project will develop the framework to quantify the impact of a holistic and integrated approach to building upgrades on classroom indoor environment quality (IEQ), school energy consumption and demand profiles.

LLS1 Living Labs Educational Sector Energy Baseline and Key Performance Report – Analysis of energy consumption in Australian Schools
LLS1 Renewable Energy and Enabling Technologies and Services Roadmap for Schools
LLS1 Lessons learnt report
LLS1 Sub – project knowledge sharing report
Renewable Energy and Enabling Technology and Services Evaluation Frameworks (REETSEFs) for Education Sector
LLS1 Technical Report: Living Labs Educational Sector Energy Baseline and Key Performance Indicators V2.0
Lessons Learnt Report
LLS1 Technical Report: Whole of life assessment guide for HVAC technology replacement decisions: Education Sector

More information about this project is available here.


LLS2: ACT Schools establishment and operation

LLS2 Technology Evaluation Report – Slab heating split system AC comparison
LLS2 Lessons learnt report
LLS2 Sub – project knowledge sharing report
Living Lab Operations Manual: ACT Education
ACT Schools Living Laboratory Prospectus
LLS2 Technical Report: ACT Education Living Laboratory Monitoring and Baseline Data Analysis V2.0
LLS2 Technology Evaluation Report – Hivve Sustainable Modular Classrooms: Envelope and Heating
LLS2 M6 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.

LLS3: Hivve transportable classrooms

The project will explore the effectiveness of the existing automatic HVAC controls (Hivve IQ) in relation to PV generated/battery stored energy usage and the peak demand in the classrooms before and after the installation of a Heat Recovery Ventilator (HRV) system as well as against equivalent adjacent transportable classrooms on each site.

LLS3 Technology Evaluation Report – Hivve Transportable HRV
LLS3 Lessons learnt report
LLS3 Sub – project knowledge sharing report

More information about this project is available here.


Integrated Design Studios

The Integrated Design Studios concept is about involving HVAC&R engineers at the early stages of the building design process. The conceptual design stage of a project is the point where decisions can make the most impact and changes can be made at least cost. More information is available here.


IDS-KS: Integrated Design Studio Knowledge Sharing

This project sits above the i-Hub series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) program being responsible for the wider sharing of knowledge developed from the program.

IDSKS Catalyst for Integrated Design v5.1
IDSKS Report on combined IDS outcomes and learnings
IDSKS Lessons learnt report
IDSKS Cross – program knowledge sharing report
IDSKS JP03 Lessons from Integrated Design Studios_Focus on Zero Carbon
Lessons Learnt Report
IDSKS Catalyst for Integrated Design
What are we doing about Integrated Design?

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-01: NEXTDC Data Centres I

The IDS-01 Next DC Integrated Design Studio investigates design innovation to reduce net energy consumption through the use of renewables and other energy technologies.

IDS01 i-Hub Integrated Design Studio Outcomes Report – Data Centre I
IDS01 Final Sub-Project Report
IDS01 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-02: ACT Schools I

The IDS-02 ACT Schools Integrated Design Studio investigates design innovation to reduce net energy consumption through the use of renewables and other energy technologies.

IDS02 i-Hub Integrated Design Studio Outcomes Report – ACT Schools I
IDS02 Final Sub-Project Report
IDS02 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-03: ACT Schools II

This studio is the second to examine schools. Learnings from the first schools studio will be built upon and extended.

IDS03 Design Studio Outcomes Report v2.0 (including Appendices)
IDS03 Sub-project Knowledge Sharing Report v2.0 – Final
IDS03 Lessons Learnt Report v2.0

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-04: Ambulance Victoria

Ambulance Victoria aims to reach zero-net carbon by 2050. Solutions will be innovative and adaptable to each of Victoria’s climatic zones and the future electrification of fleet. They will also be socially responsible. The integrated design studios will be explore avenues in design to help achieve this.

IDS04 Design Studio Outcomes Report v2.0 (including Appendices)
IDS04 Sub-project Knowledge Sharing Report v2.0 – Final
IDS04 Lessons Learnt Report v2.0

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-05: Aquatic Centres I

Aquatic centres are notoriously heavy users of energy. Their extended operating hours, large heating loads and subsequent large energy costs represent a significant drain on council finances. As public buildings with a recreation agenda there is also considerable pressure to provide open architecture with areas of glass façade, etc. This makes them ideal candidates for the Integrated Design Studios. Renewables along with other emerging technologies such as low charge ammonia heat pumps will be explored in a push to reduce energy use.

IDS05 Design Studio Outcomes Report v2.0 (including Appendices)
IDS05 Sub-project Knowledge Sharing Report v2.0 – Final
IDS05 Lessons Learnt Report v2.0

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-06: LXRP Transport Buildings

This project is one of a series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) to be carried out under i-Hub. This studio will use transport buildings (namely stations), as a part of the LXRP (Level Crossing Removal Project Victoria) as a case study.

IDS06 Design Studio outcomes report – 100%
IDS06 Lessons learnt report
IDS06 Sub – project knowledge sharing report
IDS06 MA Sustainable Stations
IDS06 Lessons Learnt Report v1.0

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-07: Aged Care – Active Community Group

This project is one of a series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) to be carried out under i-Hub. This studio will use Aged Care as a case study.

IDS07 Design Studio Outcomes Report – 100%
IDS07 Final Sub-Project Knowledge Sharing Report
IDS07 Lessons Learnt Report v2.1

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-08: CSIRO Laboratories

This studio will use laboratory facilities (buildings) as a case study.

IDS08 Design Studio outcomes report – 100%
IDS08 Lessons Learnt Report
IDS08 Sub – project knowledge sharing report
IDS08 MA Sustainable Laboratories_v1.2
IDS08 Lessons Learnt Report v1.1

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-09: Lightning Ridge LALC Multi-Purpose Building

This project is one of a series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) to be carried out under i-Hub. This studio will use the Lightning Ridge LALC Multi-Purpose Building as a case study.

IDS09 Design Studio outcomes report – 100%
IDS09 Lightning Ridge LALC Vetting Report
IDS09 Lessons learnt report
IDS09 Sub – project knowledge sharing report

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-10: Lendlease Residential Aged Care

This project is one of a series of Integrated Design Studios (IDS’s) to be carried out under i-Hub. This studio will use the Lendlease Residential Aged Care Facility on the University of Wollongong’s Health and Wellbeing Precinct as a case study.

IDS10 Design Studio Outcomes Report – 100%
IDS10 Final Sub-Project Knowledge Sharing Report
IDS10 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-11: WCC Ribbonwood Community Centre

This studio will use the Wollongong City Council Ribbonwood Community Centre as a case study.

IDS11 Design Studio Outcomes Report – 100%
IDS11 Design Vetting report
IDS11 Final Sub-Project Knowledge Sharing Report
IDS11 Lessons Learnt Report
Helping to build a greener future, together

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-12: Illawarra LALC – Mixed Use Development

This studio will use the Illawarra LALC Former Unanderra Police Station Redevelopment as a case study.

IDS12 Design Studio outcomes report – 100%
IDS12 Illawarra LALC Vetting Report
IDS12 Lessons learnt report
IDS12 Sub – project knowledge sharing report

More information about this project is available here.


IDS-13/14: Subtropical and Tropical Mixed-use Buildings

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.

IDS13 Design Studio outcomes report – 100%
IDS14 Design Studio outcomes report – 100%
IDS14 (inc. IDS13) Lessons learnt report
IDS14 (inc. IDS 13) Sub – project knowledge sharing report
IDS13/14 Guidance on Integrated Design
IDS13/14 Guidance on Integrated Design
IDS13/14 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


Data Clearing House

i-Hub aims to curate the Australian Smart Buildings Data Clearing House, a single location for accessing a wide range of energy and building data. It aims to increase the quality and value of data sets, and empower Australian businesses to develop new data analytics services.


DCH1: CSIRO Senaps data platform demonstration and development of the Data Clearing House

This project will investigate features of the CSIRO Senaps data platform and their suitability for the DCH.

DCH1 DCH Product features report
DCH1 Report: Assessment of Demand Response Potentials in Australian Non – Residential Buildings
DCH1 Sub – project knowledge sharing report
Ecolibrium Spring 2020 i-Hub Data Clearing House
DCH1 HVAC_DR Resource Assessment Summary Report
DCH1 Lessons Learnt Report V1.0 October 2020
Data Clearing House – Integration options
DCH1 M5 Lessons Learnt May 2021
DCH API Manual (Oct 2021)
DCH1 M6 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


DCH2: Switch Data Clearing House – Early Data Clearing House Development

The Open Data Clearing House project will develop and deliver a proof of concept that demonstrates how technology infrastructure can underpin an open data clearing house for all Australian buildings.

DCH2 Final Sub-project Knowledge Sharing Report
DCH2 Lessons Learnt Report
DCH2 Technical Report Learnings from the use of FDD, Analytics and Demand Response Applications

More information about this project is available here.


DCH3: Precinct energy integration for accessing the wholesale demand response mechanism

The DCH will provide the base data lake for this analysis with algorithms developed running off the data collated by the DCH. The results will inform on the feasibility of using gas engines in commercial buildings as a demand response resource, from a financial and environmental perspective.

DCH3 Technical Report: scope and boundaries of the analysis, external factors and limitations, clear utilisation pathway for other asset owners.
DCH3 Lessons learnt report
DCH3 Sub – project knowledge sharing report

More information about this project is available here.

DCH4: Sustainability monitoring and energy innovation in five NSW government buildings

The project will demonstrate the implementation of IoT solutions with the DCH IoT platform, as a means of scaling the management (control and maintenance) of solar, batteries and HVAC in Property NSW’s building portfolio.

DCH4 Stakeholder consultation and IoT forward plan report
DCH4 Lessons learnt report
DCH4 Sub – project knowledge sharing report
DCH4 Data integration, standardisation and energy baselining report
DCH4 M6 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


DCH5: Development and experimental implementation of Transactive Demand Response Management System through Open ADR-approach for institutional Buildings

The technical and operational challenges caused by the higher ingestion of DER in the electricity grid can be addressed using demand response. In this regard, efficient scheduling of flexible loads can play a pivotal role. In this context, a fully operational open ADR based DR model, emphasising the HVAC systems in two commercial buildings at Swinburne University, is proposed. A multi-agent-based open transactive demand response (TDR) model is proposed to improve the efficiency of HVAC and on-site renewables. The core component of the model is the multifactor optimisation of energy usage based upon activity type, weather conditions, and the occupancy rate.

DCH5 Final technical report
DCH5 Lessons Learnt Report
DCH5 Sub – project knowledge sharing report
DCH5 Intermediate Technical Report – experimental implementation of Transactive Demand Response Management System
DCH5 M6 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


DCH6.1:  Energy Control and Integration Program in NSW Schools – Stage 1

Data Clearing House (DCH) 6.1 provides proof-of-concept testing to onboard 3-trial sites from SINSW’s building portfolio, and demonstrate DCH operational effectiveness.

DCH6.1 Report on operational testing and evaluation of control systems in each of the 3 schools
DCH6.1 CSIRO Battery Schedule Report
DCH6.1 Lessons learnt report
DCH6.1 Sub – project knowledge sharing report
DCH6.1 Technical Report: Site survey and concept design
DCH6.1 Lessons Learnt Report V1.0 October 2020

More information about this project is available here.


DCH7: Improving the accuracy of PV analytics and energy analytics in buildings using open asset standards and data platform integration

This project proposes the utilisation of the VBIS asset classification open standard and link them with Data Clearing House based semantic models to demonstrate the benefits of integrated asset and building tagging systems to be used by PrediQ’s analytics solutions.

DCH7 Application implementation in trial buildings report
DCH7 Use case results report
DCH7 Lessons learnt report
DCH7 Sub – project knowledge sharing report
DCH7 Building of Data Models for 2 Buildings Report
DCH7 PV Analytics and Energy Analytics Development Report
DCH7 Appendix 1 – PV Analytics and Energy Analytics Development Report – Data Ingestion List for connected sites as of November 2021
DCH7 Appendix 2 – PV Analytics and Energy Analytics Development Building Report – Performance Results for Library at the Dock
DCH7 M6 Lessons Learnt Report

More information about this project is available here.


DCH8: Exergenics Chiller Staging App

This project aims to integrate the Exergenics exOptima central HVAC plant optimisation solution with the Data Clearing House and use it to demonstrate energy savings and renewable energy demand profile matching, in at least one CSIRO building.

This will help validate the efficacy of the Data Clearing House as a tool for Exergenics to rapidly onboard buildings. It will also provide a rigorous case-study of the exOptima software that can be used to develop the market for Exergenics services.

DCH8 Final performance outcomes report (CSIRO)
DCH8 Knowledge sharing collateral (Exergenics)
DCH8 Lessons learnt report
DCH8 Sub – project knowledge sharing report
Exergenics Case Study CSIRO Synergy
Exergenics University of Melbourne Case Study

More information about this project is available here.


DCH9: DCH at scale: On-boarding Proof-of-Concept at a Qld hospital site

This project tests the hypothesis that, in less than 6 months, data from 11 buildings at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, along with electricity and gas utility data can be ingested to the Data Clearing House (DCH) platform and other databases so that a Renewable Energy and Enabling Technology and Services Evaluation Framework (REETSEF) report as specified in iHub LLHC1 can be produced for Metro North Health (MNH).

DCH9 DCH at Scale: On – boarding proof – of concept at a Queensland Hospital Site – Final project Report
DCH9 Lessons learnt report
DCH9 Sub – project knowledge sharing report

More information about this project is available here.


DCH10: Increasing the value of onsite renewables in Darwin through data driven analytics

The outcomes from this project will highlight opportunities in existing building stock that can accelerate the uptake of renewables and reduce energy consumption.

DCH10 Report on Onboarding process (CDU)
DCH10 K nowledge sharing report – Energy use reduction, improving value of onsite generation (CDU/DLL)
DCH10 Lessons learnt report
DCH10 Sub – project knowledge sharing report

More information about this project is available here.