REST super fund faces legal action for silence on climate change

IN BRIEF : REST super fund is facing legal action from a 23-year old Queenslander for not providing any information on how it would mitigate climate change. Super funds are legally required to disclose information for members to make decisions about their investments. However, its unknown if these laws cover strategies to deal with climate […]

Suburb “Cool Scores” key to solving Sydney’s heatwave woes

Relief from the blistering summer heat has been flagged as a top priority in a new plan aimed at shoring up Sydney’s resilience to a range of threats such as climate change, congestion and housing affordability.

China eyes sun-blocking tech as its climate change Plan B

The search for climate-change hacks is ramping up across the world as the window to reduce greenhouse gas emissions narrows, with scientists in China experimenting with new ways of blocking out the sun.

NZ architect brings Maori beliefs into new law school design

In the design of the new University of Waikato law school New Zealand architect Eqo Leung, who recently opened a new architectural practice called ArchitectureRepublic, decided to keep the building’s courtyard open.

Fitwel – the latest kid on the certification block

A new certification tool called Fitwel is a building rating system for existing workplaces and residential buildings that provides guidelines on how to design and operate healthier buildings.

ACCC supports the NEG, with strings attached

The release of the competition regulator’s report on consumer energy prices may not quite be the news the coal lobby was hoping to hear.

Gender equity in architecture is moving but has a way to go

It’s only anecdotal evidence but here it is: one man applying for a job in an architectural studio was rejected because his wife might become pregnant. How’s that for an unintended consequence.

Perth jumps into timber with 10-storey hotel

Western Australia is joining the timber trend sweeping the eastern seaboard with its first timber-framed building, a 10-storey hotel at inner city Northbridge.

Victoria commits to “recyclables first” procurement policy

The Victorian government will use its own purchasing power to drive demand for recycled products as part of a $37 million package announced by energy, environment and climate change minister Lily D’Ambrosio on Tuesday.

Coal-fired power stations not okay

The government has again provoked the ire of renewable energy advocates this week, with Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg suggesting new coal-fired power stations may be welcomed as part of the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

Yolk adds to growing sustainability portfolio

Victoria and WA-based Yolk Property Group has been selected alongside Southern Cross Care WA to develop a residential, aged care and retirement living precinct in Perth’s Champion Lakes. Yolk will aim high on sustainability and implement Bioregional’s One Planet Living framework in the development of the vacant 14-hectare site situated 23km south-east of Perth’s CBD. […]