Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Property consultant Abdul Khan told Tomorrowland19 about plans for a new style of sustainable housing, with apartments to suit everyone from youth with disabilities to retirees looking to downsize. But will politicians and developers back this vision?
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Connectivity in the built environment has many benefits, but the reality is that smart buildings are collecting data that could be used in nefarious ways in the future and it’s hard to plug the entry points for infiltration.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Tomorrowland points to the intellectual and structural changes that will impact this sector, including construction, real estate technology, and the cities, for years to come, says Robert Harley.
The dairy industry is not typically acknowledged in the sustainability world, but this three person, 45-cow farm is doing something a little differently.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Smart cities technologies promise more efficient and cost-effective urban environments. But what are the privacy and legal implications of wiring our buildings to monitor everything and everyone in them?
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: This is what can be created when you team an architect with a passion for affordable, sustainable housing with impact investors and bankers: carbon neutral, low-cost housing that creates resilient communities.
A “digital owl” and a scheme to make infrastructure greener were among the winners of the 2019 Banksia Sustainability Awards, announced at a gala dinner in Sydney earlier this week.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Australia’s top commercial property developers are talking about “radical sustainability”. But if these ideas are to reach the mass market, the building industry needs to consolidate, cut costs and better train construction workers.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Creating sustainable, liveable communities is no cake walk, but some of the key visionaries in the public sector are using ambitious targets, planning controls and a big dose of grit and determination to make the impossible possible.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: “We [Indigenous Australians and knowledge holders] don’t fit into a box, which is really challenging for the people we work with.”
Residents of Stockland homes may be able to snag a discount on their rooftop solar thanks to a new national scheme recently launched by the developer.
Research such as conducted by Bank of England and PwC, has identified positive correlations “between a company’s stock prices and the number of TCFD disclosures that firms are making”.
FLAMMABLE MATERIALS, UK – You’d have thought it wouldn’t happen again. The fire at The Cube building on Bradshawgate in Bolton, northern England, on 15 November spread rapidly due to its plastic external cladding, just as with the Grenfell disaster.
The stone, brick, timber, tiling and cast-iron elements of old buildings have already proven their durability and suitability for purpose. The same can’t be said of some of the more modern materials such as aluminium composite cladding, high-formaldehyde composite boards and asbestos fibro.
“There’s no doubt that new ideas in agriculture will play a massive role in reducing carbon emissions,” he Mike Cannon-Brookes. “The economic upside for Australia’s economy is also huge.”
We cannot just restyle our buildings to conform to current fashion; we must deeply rethink them, act towards positive future environments and mindsets, find better ways to recycle them and create a symbiosis between the old and new.
Architects are discovering that keeping some of the old features of our homes can be more sustainable than installing new materials and technology.
An elevated train line and Greater Sydney’s first comprehensive monitoring and reporting framework were among the winners of the Planning Institute of Australia’s 2019 NSW Awards for Planning Excellence.
QUICK CHAT: “Irrespective of federal party lines or policies, the South Australian government finds ways through the sustainability maze,” Paul Davy tells The Green List.
A “nice balance between raw original features and shiny new internals” can help occupants appreciate the original building.
When heritage buildings are no longer able to be used for their original purpose, they may be carefully converted to suit modern requirements and used in another way.
The VR technology means clients can make rapid updates to plans or trial a variety of plans in quick succession, leading to better building outcomes without incurring the costs usually associated with these sorts of updates.
All buildings, no matter how well-intentioned and well-built, degrade over time, increasingly so with climate change.
We aren’t used to seeing Shanghai and adaptive reuse in the same sentence but increasingly the city’s designers are seeking texture and richness to counter the everything-is-new gloss of the city.
Demolition and re-building from scratch is neither realistic nor sustainable, while re-use can help combat climate change.
A coalition of NSW local councils have voluntarily set a target to recycle 45 million glass bottles into useful products each year in an effort to stimulate investment in the region’s recycling industry.
Building Codes and safety standards have come a long way in the past century but that’s no reason to write-off an existing building as too hard to bring up to contemporary standards, according to Umow Lai director, Ken Loh.
Adapting and re-using a building is all about respecting what’s there and leaving space for the next person to do what they want to do, according to Sam Marshall of Architect Marshall.
Human empowerment is the secret weapon in energy efficient building performance, according to Craig Roussac.
Tonja Gibson, founding director of Strata Answers and board member of Green Strata, is on a mission to bring modern, green solutions to strata buildings – and not just in “woke” and affluent inner city communities but for the small, forgotten blocks in outer ring suburbs.