Construction & Development


New timber performance research hub launched

The University of the Sunshine Coast will host a new timber centre that aims to develop a predictive model for specifying the right timber for any construction application.

A building tightness test under way (blower door)

AIRAH: Blower door testing should be part of NCC

There is a clear economic case for blower door testing of building sealing to be incorporated into the National Construction Code, according to research just released by AIRAH’s new Building…

Corkman Hotel

The Corkman will need to be rebuilt

The Victorian government and the City of Melbourne today (Thursday) said they would take joint action in the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal to force the rebuild of the Corkman…


Cool roofs and the heat island effect: the evidence is in

Dark coloured and bare metallic roofs are common and make up a sizeable portion of the urban fabric. And while they usually do a great job of protecting the building…

Nightingale concept design. Image: Andrew Maynard

Nightingale Model & the cusp of big changes in housing

The Nightingale Model is going gangbusters. This triple-bottom-line approach to developing innovative housing in inner-city Melbourne is gaining momentum across Australia with 11 projects now boasting a Nightingale licence, including…

Queen Victoria Market

PDG announced as Queen Vic Market contract winner

The City of Melbourne has officially revealed PDG Corporation as developer of the 6239-square-metre Munro site, part of the Queen Victoria Market redevelopment in the heart of Melbourne.