Haico Schepers

Principal | Sydney Sustainable Building Leader, Arup

Haico is a Building Physicist, certified architect and engineer, who has worked at Arup since 1997. Having been involved in building physics design for most of his career, his aim is to deliver outstanding sustainable design outcomes by integrating his experience in passive thermal strategies, natural daylight and building systems. With a passion for all things sustainable he is focused on achieving real change.

Through the course of his career, Haico has been involved in a variety of high profile, multidisciplinary projects in England, US, Holland and Japan. This extensive knowledge of international best practice is reflected in his ability to find the right solution for different environments and projects. He has played a pivotal role in the design of multiple award winning sustainable buildings such as the RAAF Richmond, winner of both the Sullaman and RAIA ESD Awards and the world renowned Beijing Water Cube.

Always at the forefront of new sustainable developments such as Green Star, Energy Design and NABERS, Haico has provided technical expertise to government agencies and the Green Building Council of Australia. One of his main objectives is to develop the field of architectural science successfully to obtain outstanding outcomes for building design.

Some examples of successful approaches include hybrid naturally ventilated buildings, half conditioning strategies to provide sufficient conditioning for adaptive comfort and applying double skin concepts to change the microclimate conditions. A project example of successful approaches was seen on One Central Park for Jean Nouvel, where sustainability design features included the installation of a precinct wide gas-powered, tri-generation electricity plant and waste-water recycling plant. He believes that to achieve an ecological age in the future, engineering and built environment professionals need to do more with less and utilise new material opportunities

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