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.
Warehouse conversions for apartments have been popular for decades but the rising appetite for co-working and shared office space is seeing a new wave of conversions.
If the corporate world wants to play a meaningful role in solving our plastic pollution crisis it should stop blaming consumers and start accepting responsibility for its packaging.
There’s a great deal of anguish still to play out with people forced out of their homes but a new bill just presented to the NSW government looks like a good first step
Roundup of industry news: Solar Analytics has boosted its offering to the residential sector, acquiring the residential tenant-focused solar start-up, Sun Tenants.
Governments are finally recognising that infrastructure projects must deliver on their promises and play a positive role in the way we shape our cities.
At last it seems there’s some serious traction on sustainable hotels. Hot on the heels of the new NABERS hotel tool, and the potential expansion of mandatory Commercial Building Disclosure (CBD) for hotels, is some more encouraging news.
The City of Newcastle has signed a 10 year renewable energy power purchase agreement with energy retailer Flow Power and announced it will move to 100 per cent renewable energy in 2020.
Townsville shopping centre to get one of the country’s largest car park solar arrays.
Daniel Andrews “smashing it” with schemes such as the Solar Homes program in Victoria, and the ACT going entirely carbon neutral.
The world’s central banks need to recognise not all assets are of equal value, according to a report just released by the Climate Bonds Initiative. Some are downright disasters in the making.
A proven “wonder material” – thin sheets of graphene could be used as inexpensive filters in water treatment and lead to methane-fuelled public transport, among other things.
NAWIC Queensland’s president, Jen Gillet, described the 11 winners as “worthy nominees who are all pushing buttons and boundaries and who are our industry’s next big game changers.”
Every day, Coles’ Wentworth Point supermarket in western Sydney sends about six and a half shopping trolleys’ worth of rubbish to landfill but the store plans to cut that dramatically under an initiative by the grocery giant to find new ways to reduce waste in stores.
Nine South Australian councils have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to prioritise the use of recycled materials in their procurement processes.
Some clever thinking and a lot of collaboration on a new development in Sydney’s western suburbs could be just the ticket for a model “science city” that is a great place to live and work.
Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) has become the latest Australian signatory of The Climate Group’s RE100 initiative, joining the likes of Atlassian and Bank Australia in the global transition to a zero carbon grid.
Urban wheelchair tracking technology, Transport for NSW’s Opal card system and a customisable strata app were among the winners this year’s Smart City Awards.