Materials

Grenfell: greed agenda, not green agenda to blame

In the aftermath of the tragic Grenfell tower inferno, certain sections of the media have come out on the attack against government climate change policies they say are to blame.

Unions threaten work ban as asbestos detections triple

Detection of asbestos imports have tripled over the past year, and unions are threatening to ban working with materials from offending countries until the federal government takes decisive action.

Timber goes even taller in Vancouver

Canadian developer PortLiving is set to build a 19-storey mixed-use residential project that will be Vancouver’s tallest hybrid timber tower. The Terrace House project has been designed by Shigeru Ban…

Queensland leads country in tackling dodgy building products

After years of federal government inquiries, reports, hand-wringing and head-shaking over dodgy building products, the Queensland government has leapt over the competition with a new set of building product safety…

It’s no whim: why wood really is better for building

Nature-connected design is the key to making offices less stressful, hospital stays shorter and children better learners, according to a new report released today (Tuesday) by Planet Ark. It points…