To improve guest comfort we have installed air-conditioning at Vacy Hall.
Traditionally we have relied on the incredible vision of the architect who designed Vacy Hall, who incorporated a passive thermal tower generations ahead of its time. As a result of his understanding of thermal dynamics the air conditioning doesn’t need to work as hard, because hot air rises up the nine chimneys and creates a thermal draw which pulls the cooler air from the stone encased sub-floor up into the rooms without any mechanical assistance.
Annual awards for sustainable design by Royal Australian Institute of Architects are named after architect Harry Marks because of his career of innovations to improve the way buildings dealt with the extremes of climate.
During the recent Christmas heat wave conditions we were able to test the capability of the new air conditioning systems and can confirm that we were able to keep rooms at a very comfortable 24 degrees.
These changes mean Vacy Hall is now a year-round accommodation option for people travelling to Toowoomba or wanting to escape to one of Australia’s great historic Hotels with the convenience of an inner city location and the charm of 140 year old gardens.