New Continuum courses released:

 ArchiTECHNOLOGY: Going digital to power your people and projects
 architechnology

Managing increasing amounts of project and staff information has long been a challenge for architecture practices. Increasingly, digital working is critical to connect your people, projects and processes.

The two topics to be covered will be Project Management and HR Management.

 Passive House on the Rise
 passivehouseAesthetics, technicalities, collaboration and fundamentals of Passive House design. This event will explain the essentials of Passive House design and how aesthetics are integrated into the design. It will discuss a range of typologies and dissect the design processes and challenges from each of the building types. The focus will be on educational, high rise and commercial projects, not residential.

Finally, this session will address the technicalities that come with Passive House design and outline what a successful project looks like.
 Sneak peek of the course here: 
 How Soon is Now: Architectural Urbanism
 Architectural UrbanismWhat is permanent, and what is the real lifecycle of a building? Nazrine Seraji discusses Design as Agency - architecture as a living agent using historical examples and her own projects to critically review the many approaches to urban planning from small towns to super cities and explores the relationship between public realm amenity and built form that is necessary for sustainable urbanism.
Sneak peek of the course here:
 The National Construction Code (NCC): A Performance-based Code
 nccThe use of performance-based design will be explored as an option to achieving compliance with the NCCís mandatory Performance Requirements.

The seminar will explain the fundamental principles of the performance-based code and how it is applied, along with an outline of ABCB resources available to support industry in its application. An overview of the ABCB reforms will be provided with the aim of fostering a performance culture, increasing innovation and productivity.
 BIM + Sustainability: Opportunities in design
 bimThe fundamentals that underpin BIM and Sustainability will be explored by highlighting when and why environmental analysis should be undertaken and what tools are available within BIM software packages.

This seminar will explain what each analysis is, how it works and why itís important. It will also explore non-BIM tools and other considerations beyond BIM that designers should be mindful of when creating truly sustainable designs.
 Contract Administration Ė Mechanisms, Glitches and Nightmares
 Contract AdministrationAn introduction to the mechanisms of Contract Administration (CA) under common lump sum building contracts for small to medium-sized projects. With particular emphasis on SW-2008, this session will also discuss the notable differences between the ABIC contract and AS2124/AS4000, including discussion regarding choice of contract. Interesting, problematic and hidden contract mechanisms will be highlighted, and there will be anecdotal examples of difficulties that have arisen, how they came about and how they were approached.
 The Anatomy of a Leak
 anatomyofaleak

Water leaks remain the most frequently occurring and most expensive defect in modern buildings. With the surge in apartment dwelling construction, the frequency of leaks is increasing. Furthermore new regulations mean that designers are more likely to be in the firing line for legal action taken against builders and developers for building defects.

Ross has analysed the defects in thousands of home units to find the common features in design and procurement that lead to leaks occurring.

Sneak peek of the course here: 
 Thriving Through Change
 thrivingthroughchangeArchitects operate in a complex, changing environment. This is not likely to diminish with technological disruption, client expectations, work practices and professional standards constantly evolving. To be successful, it isnít enough to survive such changes. Instead you need to be equipped to thrive through them. This session will provide you with insights, tools and techniques so you can thrive in todayís changing environment and ultimately maintain high levels of agility, effectiveness, productivity and employee morale.