Sustainability and quality top wish list for Victorian apartments

Daylight, space, natural ventilation, noise reduction, and energy and resource efficiency are the top five things Victorians want from their apartments, according to feedback on the state government’s Better Apartments discussion paper, showing there is an appetite for sustainable apartment developments.

Help fix the NCC. How’s that for a New Year's resolution?

Happy New Year! What are your resolutions? Spending more time with family and friends? Improving your fitness? How about joining an effort to improve the energy efficiency of Australia’s National Construction Code? That may be the biggest challenge, but well worth a try.

Government at last turns focus to energy productivity, and the plan looks good

Increasing National Construction Code standards, expanding the Commercial Building Disclosure program and considering a national mandatory disclosure scheme for residential have been announced as key measures to reach Australia’s energy productivity improvement target of 40 per cent by 2030.

Prefab revolution? Factory houses are the secret to green building

The building sector globally currently consumes more energy (34 per cent) than the transport sector (27 per cent) or the industry sector (28 per cent). It is also the biggest polluter, with the biggest potential for significant cuts to greenhouse gas emissions compared to other sectors, at no cost.

Radical housing in Sydney's Kellyville charts a green course

Amidst widespread claims of how hard, expensive and unwanted highly sustainable houses are, there’s one development in the midst of displayhome-land at Kellyville in Sydney’s north-west that is bucking the trends.

Radical housing in Sydney’s Kellyville charts a green course

Amidst widespread claims of how hard, expensive and unwanted highly sustainable houses are, there’s one development in the midst of displayhome-land at Kellyville in Sydney’s north-west that is bucking the trends.

News from the front desk: Issue No 230

On what they said – Suzanne Toumbourou on politics and corporate sentiment, John Thwaites on building codes, Chris Nunn on bike trends and ABW offices , and unnamed sources who give us even juicier bits. Whether it’s a direct response to the recent The National Energy Efficient Building Project or the writing on the wall, […]

Explosive report lifts the lid on Australia’s building energy performance sham

There is “a pervasive culture of mediocre energy performance across the Australian building industry”, according to a damning review by pitt&sherry and Swinburne University that the government has sat on for months and only released just prior to Christmas. It’s what the industry has long turned a blind eye to, but now it’s finally written […]

Explosive report lifts the lid on Australia’s building energy performance sham

There is “a pervasive culture of mediocre energy performance across the Australian building industry”, according to a damning review by pitt&sherry and Swinburne University that the government has sat on for months and only released just prior to Christmas. It’s what the industry has long turned a blind eye to, but now it’s finally written […]

Industry comment sought for National Energy Efficient Building Project

26 November 2013 — There is a growing concern that the actual energy efficiency of buildings in Australia – both new builds and renovations/additions – may not always match the energy performance requirements in the National Construction Code. The National Energy Efficient Building Project aims to understand why this discrepancy exists, the extent and what […]