Climate resilience is on the agenda for building code update

The national building code may soon be altered to reflect the risk climate change poses to buildings. Buildings are meant to last 50 years or more so it’s important that the structures built today can withstand the onslaught of extreme weather events triggered by climate change. That’s why the Australian Building Codes Board has teamed […]

Aware Super on affordable housing and logistics tilt

Last year industry super fund Aware Super cut the carbon footprint of its holdings in equities by 40 per cent in one big divestment hit and now Australia’s second-largest superannuation fund has its sights set on housing affordability and decarbonising its property portfolio.

Planners Declare aim to embolden better outcomes from the get go

Last year wasn’t an easy time to start a national “Declare” movement but that didn’t stop a small group of dedicated planners joining forces to declare a climate and biodiversity emergency. The group of about 15 planners has spent the past year coordinating the movement via video conference, with the most pressing task developing an […]

Amazon unveils shell-shaped forest building for new HQ

It’s been a big week for one of the biggest tech companies in the world. Hot on the heels of the announcement that the founder of online retailing behemoth, Jeff Bezos, would step down as CEO – but remain on as executive chairman – Amazon also unveiled plans for the curly new centrepiece of its headquarters in Arlington, Virgina.

Passive subtropical architecture takes off with BVN-designed Brisbane tower

Brisbane could get another building that “breathes”, with plans lodged with the city’s council for a six-star Green Star commercial tower in the CBD. The 46 storey BVN-designed tower at 25 Mary Street will be accessed from a state heritage-listed synagogue, which will be retained and revitalised for ongoing use by the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation. A […]