How the rating tools for infrastructure stack up

Institutional investors should look for robust reporting of environmental, social and governance performance when considering investing in infrastructure, according to a new discussion paper released by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Prefab and timber: the great green convergence

The market’s growing appetite for lightweight and massive timber building systems is creating a solid pathway to achieving more sustainable buildings.

How wood is good for creating healthier buildings

According to a growing swathe of research, timber used as a material for interiors and furnishings can enhance human wellbeing and contribute to improved indoor environment quality, from maintaining a…

Infrastructure conference signals a new era for ISCA

Silos are starting to dissolve in the infrastructure sector and whole-of-life thinking is going mainstream, according to chief executive of the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia, Antony Sprigg, ahead of…

Alternative approaches to insulation and fire protection

Fire rating of building products including insulation has been making headlines lately but, according to experts, simply focusing on picking non-combustible products is not the only – or even perhaps…

Why enter the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards?

The 2016 Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards are now open for entries – finalists and winners can look forward to a chance to promote their achievements in sustainability and help to…

Thinking city scale about urban greening

Around the world, there are some outstanding examples of approaches to urban greening that Australian planners, policy-makers and developers can draw inspiration from. Singapore is probably one of the best-known,…

Why greening is important for public health

The ways in which urban greening can improve our health are numerous – including encouraging people to get out and walk or ride a bike. They are simply more likely…

Naturally hard-working infrastructure

There are multiple urban ecosystem services and built environment benefits provided by vegetation, particularly when it can replace or reduce investments in traditional infrastructure such as storm water systems.

What’s behind the green shift in retail?

Sponsored content: The most striking trend from this year’s NABERS Annual Report was the sharp increase in Energy and Water ratings for shopping centres.