Innovative Warm roof construction new for Australia – The Arboretum roof to be safe and dry

Surface Design completes condensation assessment for the iconic Arboretum roof Canberra.

Surface Design have completed thermal and condensation assessment of the proposed Arboretum roof build up, the study has resulted in the adoption of a warm roof construction normally reserved for the colder climate of the north hemisphere.  

 The design is a departure from other similar scale roof spaces that have been previously used in Canberra but rely on ventilation of the roof space. The driving force for the warm roof construction has been the unique geometry of the roof form, the use of sensitive materials in Zinc roofing sheeting and timber and the need to meet various construction requirements.

Surface Design developed a unique roof build-up with the architect (Tonkin Zulikah Greer) and industry. The assessment was completed and verified using Physibel software which bases it assessment on the European Glaser method.

 Surface Design look forward to the construction phase of this project and have enjoyed the challenges presented in this outstanding building.