What’s good enough action when the planet is facing a climate emergency?
What a great time for NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to really put his foot in it and issue his hit list on buildings he thinks are ugly.
We’re excited to announce that Building Circularity will offer the best virtual table networking available – as close to f2f as you can get – with television grade streaming from a studio in Mascot. The line up at Building Circularity keeps getting better. And after all the exciting and indepth briefings we’ve done, the content […]
We Zoomed into New Zealand yesterday to chat to Sjoerd Post the chief executive of Jasmax, one of the top two architectural firms in the country, who will be taking the virtual lectern and be beamed into our Building Circularity symposium on 24 November on embodied carbon and waste in buildings.
COMMENT: Now we tend to not like the Productivity Commission much, mainly it’s our unforgiving nature for when it said we should deregulate zoning as a way of making housing more affordable. It certainly would make houses more affordable, because no-one would want to live there. But that’s another story entirely to what hit us […]
Shane Quinn’s Quintessential Equity took a building in Adelaide from 3 stars NABERS energy to 4.5 stars, minimum, and one in Brisbane from 0 NABERS energy to 5 stars. Strong engagement with the tenants was key to both projects.
Andrew Pettifer and his wife Tracy Mellorare now back in Sydney after a three months trip to the outback up to the Northern Territory and down to Adelaide picking up a bunch of useful information on the way, such as why towns are built where they are.
What does it take to do things differently in the building and construction world? The industry, we’ve learnt, is well known for its risk aversion.
Jay Gualtieri of Ausnviro says of all the NABERS ratings that can be done, waste is beyond doubt the hardest.
Politicians took a nasty swipe at the National Farmers Federation a few weeks ago when it announced it wanted zero emissions by 2050.
The chance to work on Atlassian’s new hybrid timber Sydney headquarters was enough to lure Lendlease sustainability manager Matt Williams to join LCI Consultants as principal of the sustainability team, after nearly 20 years with his former employer. The building services consultancy has managed to snag a spot alongside Stantec to do the building services […]
One of the key speakers at Flick the Switch next Wednesday, Stiebel Eltron’s Glenn Day, will tackle the potential of heat pumps to pave the way to net zero. But it’s not easy: the hurdles are tough, especially for existing buildings.
It’s time for Australia to make a clear call on what kind of stimulus it wants. The road back to recovery is not just roads
Our latest event and ebook started with the notion that we need to understand how to create a net zero future and all-electric buildings and cities. It was time to Flick the Switch! What we wanted to understand exactly what governments around the country were up to in terms of reaching their Net Zero targets. […]
It’s exciting that on nearly every front where we can see problems there is almost equal energy expended in finding solutions. Call it the optimism gene but it’s working for us!
The European Union has thrown down a green gauntlet for its Covid recovery. Leaders reached a landmark €1.82 trillion budget and COVID-19 recovery package early on Tuesday morning based on European Council President Charles Michel’s compromise proposal. “Europe’s recovery will be green: the new budget will power the European green deal, it will accelerate the […]
In these stormy days, one is reminded of Charles Dudley Warner’s quip: “Everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it”. This past week, much to the exasperation of Wamberal residents as they forfeit a good slice of their back yards, we remain confused about what to do and who should do […]
Clare Parry, who will be a panellist at The Fifth Estate’s Flick the Switch event on 5 August, is a director of the Australian Passive House Association (and founding chair). She’s been weathering the lockdown periods in her recently built Passive House in Melbourne, and is thrilled not to be in the “dumb” double brick house she lived in before.
Plans for one of the largest “passive house” social housing estates in Europe have been approved in Ireland. But the designers could still learn a thing or two about the latest thinking in sustainable social housing from Germany. A total of 597 homes will be built on a nine hectare site by scenic Shanganagh Castle, […]
It is widely believed that Australian housing supply is constrained by planning regulations. In a new research paper out last month, I show that this belief is wrong. How can I be so confident about my assessment? First, I crawled through the annual reports of Australia’s top eight listed housing developers, who represent about 9 […]
Noise-cancelling windows that block traffic sounds even when windows are open are inching closer to reality, with a new study showing that the technology can reduce perceived loudness of traffic noise by half.
The floodgates are open for stunning green buildings covered in foliage and plenty of outdoor space so people can make the most of Brisbane’s temperate climate. Now to make sure these buildings deliver.
For tradies working to hard deadlines and budgets to construct buildings off predetermined plans, it can be hard to see how they can contribute meaningfully to the climate and biodiversity emergencies.
Life in the civilised lane is rule-bound and consumption-driven to the point that it is not unusual for our heartfelt aspirations to run contrary to the promise of modern living. Not only has the fundamental concept of sustainability become difficult to envisage, but modern-day sustainability seems unable to prevent the social destruction of communities through […]
It’s a tumultuous time for the jobs market, with almost a million Australians out of a job at the last count.
Many households are bracing for enormous energy bills in September thanks to the Covid lockdown. It’s no wonder the residential solar industry is booming.
Capital flow is moving Australia’s way – strongly. What’s the bet that well-managed cities are the winner in the aftermath of Covid? As the impact of Covid-19 advances are the old theories still good? Is urban life still viable and desirable? Much of the response to Covid-19 emphasised distancing, avoiding gatherings and public transport. In […]
GREEN GIGS and government tenders: a round up of business opportunities in sustainability Igniting ideas in Queensland Queensland’s latest Advance Queensland Ignite Ideas funding round is open for small and medium sized businesses to put forward their best and brightest ideas for commercialisation. The grant supports a diverse range of projects including public smart tech, […]
Recovery investment in green infrastructure, education and training, R+D into clean tech and agriculture, and real investment into renewable energy would certainly herald a new policy position on action on climate change. It would assist the economic recovery, and demonstrate a willingness to make smart decisions in the eye of the storm. The Covid-19 emergency […]
The evil gnome who has taken up permanent residence on the shoulder of British prime minister Boris Johnson and whispers dark instructions into his ears, last week pronounced energy efficiency as “boring“. His name is demonic comings. I’m sorry, that was a mistaken auto-correction by my dictation software; it should have read Dominic Cummings, who […]