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Advanced technology and ecologically sustainable design underpin GHD’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) designs.

GHD has a global network of HVAC professionals that can enable you to achieve your project goals - in a broad range of market sectors including communications, residential, computer, government, hotel, industrial, defence, sport, health, education, retail and commercial.

Energy efficiency, sustainable design and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions are a continual focus for our clients. Our HVAC teams are well placed to meet the challenges facing industry. Our engineers are constantly extending the envelope of possibility to improve the performance of buildings while tracking costs, buildability and program realities.


As well as conventional HVAC design for a wide range of project types, we draw upon advanced technology and sustainable design experience to provide services including:

  • Integrated sustainable design incorporating other building disciplines
  • Energy simulation, energy and water auditing services, design of passive cooling systems, accredited Green Star, NABERS, LEED and other major building rating schemes, integrated energy management and green building framework development
  • Project brief development and design reviews
  • Building envelope and heat transmission simulations
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Visual and thermal comfort analysis
  • Passive and active systems for energy efficiency
  • Lifecycle costing studies
  • Post-operational evaluations
  • Building audit services 

For further information, contact:

Joel Cox
Service Line Leader, HVAC – Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East
T: +61 7 4720 0420
E: Joel Cox

Tim DeRuyscher
Service Line Leader, HVAC – North America
T: +1 315 314 5642
E: Tim DeRuyscher

Bendigo Police Station


The new state of the art Bendigo Police Station began operation in 2007. Our team provided engineering services to the new Victoria Regional Police Headquarters, which consist of 4,727 m² (net floor area) of cell blocks, internal and external exercise yards and various office spaces.

The building has been architecturally designed with double skin façade and other green features, together with our own ESD initiatives aimed at achieving the equivalent of a five-star Green Star rating.

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Doha International Airport


GHD was commissioned to design a new in-flight duty free store by Zublin International. This store has a footprint of approximately 2,000 m² and is primarily a ground floor warehouse used for storing in-flight products for sale on aircraft but also includes limited office space.

The duty free warehouse has a footprint of approximately 11,400 m² and is a structural steel framed construction on in-situ concrete foundations with steel composite mezzanine floors and proprietary roofing and cladding systems. It is intended to house a variety of goods for the Qatar Duty Free, prior to the goods being distributed to the main terminal building. The size of both sites has been safeguarded for future expansion.

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Green Star Rated Office Design


GHD adhered to the principles of ecologically sustainable design (ESD) for the fit out of its Honeysuckle premises.

The building facade has mesh and vertical shading fins with double glazed insulated units to regulate solar heat.

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New Doha International Airport Duty Free Warehouses, Qatar


GHD was awarded the pre and post contract consultancy services for a proposed In-flight Duty Free Store & Duty Free Warehouse Facility at the New Doha International Airport, Qatar.

The design and build project was awarded to Zublin International Qatar and is planned for completion by December 2012.

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Shading system to slash energy use by 30%


A unique shading system that shields the sun whilst allowing daylight penetration has the potential to radically cut air-conditioning and lighting use in buildings.

In hot countries, keeping offices cool and well lit can consume up to 70 percent of the total power use of a building. Using air-conditioning in isolation to cool a building is both costly and environmentally unsustainable.

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Upstate Medical University, Geneva Tower, Syracuse, New York USA


GHD was instrumental in the renovation of the existing 23 story, 137,000 square foot Geneva Tower building located in downtown Syracuse. The 1974 building was completely gutted and renovated to include two floors of common spaces and 21 floors of apartments for students attending the Upstate Medical University. 

GHD provided HVAC, plumbing, fire protection and electrical design and construction administration services for the project. We also served as the LEED consultant for the owner, design team and construction manager and verified that all systems were working as efficiently as possible and in accordance with the contract documents. This included facilitating the LEED certification process and creating a roadmap to guide the inclusion of sustainable concepts and processes into the project. As a result, we identified that the renovated building would use 40 percent less energy.

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Wynyard Walk pedestrian tunnel tender design, Sydney


Wynyard Walk is a pedestrian walkway in the Sydney CBD linking Wynyard Station and the multi-billion dollar Barangaroo waterfront development. The project comprises a pedestrian tunnel (110 meters in length), a multilevel entrance building, underpinning of two large buildings, a pedestrian bridge across Sussex Street and a new public plaza at the corner of Kent and Napoleon Street. GHD was Technical Advisor to Transport for NSW, providing technical review and support across all engineering disciplines for the design and construction phases of the project, including: geotechnical, tunnelling, demolition, structure, building and tunnel services, fire engineering, noise and vibration, and project management, including support for commercial negotiations, as well as Building Code of Australia (BCA) and disability access advice.

The 9 m wide tunnel (initially valued at AUD284M) is at shallow cover within the Triassic Hawkesbury Sandstone. Complex interactions with existing high-rise tower foundations and congested overlying services corridors were a critical aspect of the project.

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