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Q&A: The Indigenous design perspective

In Australia, and many other countries with colonial pasts, mainstream design – including architecture, town planning, as well as fashion, interior, product and landscape design – has largely eschewed both Indigenous design and designers.

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The misconceptions about performance-based design

Some people think performance-based design solutions are too confusing, expensive or a sneaky way to cut corners. But according to Sid Thoo, performance-based solutions offer a holistic approach that can see buildings meet optimum standards, rather than just minimum ones.

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architecture, sustainability

Architecture awards show sustainability is evolving

In choosing sustainable architecture, says Paul Worroll, chair of Queensland’s Institute of Architects sustainability committee and deputy jury chair for the 2018 awards, they looked for “more than the usual adding on of rainwater tanks and solar panels”.

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Will the NEG disrupt carbon accounting?

In the rush to reach agreement on the National Energy Guarantee, could all the good work done by individuals and corporations to reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy investment come undone?

Energy management provider Simble cracks UK market

A recently upgraded energy management platform from Australian software as a service (SaaS) company Simble is making its mark in the both the Australian and UK markets thanks to its partnership with major lighting manufacturer Powercor.

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Q&A: The Indigenous design perspective

In Australia, and many other countries with colonial pasts, mainstream design – including architecture, town planning, as well as fashion, interior, product and landscape design – has largely eschewed both Indigenous design and designers.

The misconceptions about performance-based design

Some people think performance-based design solutions are too confusing, expensive or a sneaky way to cut corners. But according to Sid Thoo, performance-based solutions offer a holistic approach that can see buildings meet optimum standards, rather than just minimum ones.

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performance-based design

The misconceptions about performance-based design

Some people think performance-based design solutions are too confusing, expensive or a sneaky way to cut corners. But according to Sid Thoo, performance-based solutions offer a holistic approach that can see buildings meet optimum standards, rather than just minimum ones.

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Q&A: The Indigenous design perspective

In Australia, and many other countries with colonial pasts, mainstream design – including architecture, town planning, as well as fashion, interior, product and landscape design – has largely eschewed both Indigenous design and designers.

performance-based design

The misconceptions about performance-based design

Some people think performance-based design solutions are too confusing, expensive or a sneaky way to cut corners. But according to Sid Thoo, performance-based solutions offer a holistic approach that can see buildings meet optimum standards, rather than just minimum ones.

1
architecture, sustainability

Architecture awards show sustainability is evolving

In choosing sustainable architecture, says Paul Worroll, chair of Queensland’s Institute of Architects sustainability committee and deputy jury chair for the 2018 awards, they looked for “more than the usual adding on of rainwater tanks and solar panels”.

NEG

Will the NEG disrupt carbon accounting?

In the rush to reach agreement on the National Energy Guarantee, could all the good work done by individuals and corporations to reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy investment come undone?

Energy management provider Simble cracks UK market

A recently upgraded energy management platform from Australian software as a service (SaaS) company Simble is making its mark in the both the Australian and UK markets thanks to its partnership with major lighting manufacturer Powercor.

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pools energy efficiency

Pools get energy-efficient makeover

Former technology advisor to the Prime Minister and NSW Government John Riedl was so concerned by the state of the national energy grid he came out of retirement and joined forces with fellow retirees Greg Irving and John Grill AO to a company that would tackle the huge energy consumption of household swimming pools.

sustainability crowd, sitting around table

Our pick of jobs this week

Barwon Water in Victoria is looking for a Geelong-based Strategy and Sustainability Lead providing analysis, advice and reports responding to the organisation’s obligations, issues and challenges in the broad areas…

Emma Thunder appointed Property Council WA deputy

The Property Council of Australia’s Western Australian division has appointed Emma Thunder as its new deputy executive director. Ms Thunder was previously strategic planning and communications adviser for the PCA,…

Tanya Cox becomes WorldGBC vice-chair

Green Building Council of Australia director Tanya Cox has been appointed vice-chair of the World Green Building Council, the first Australian to hold the position.

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Our pick of jobs this week

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