Opinion

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On how Google and AI could get smarter than smart

At a Sydney dinner this week, a few people started shooting the breeze, wondering what the bright new world of technology and data mining would bring and how it will change our worlds. As you do.

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The case for passive homes as a national standard

The energy policies and building standards that govern our homes need to keep us comfortable and limit global warming. Passive house, a rigorous building standard for ultra-low energy buildings, ticks these boxes.

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Demolishing the arguments against stronger energy performance

In this stifling summer, we’ve just had a welcome breath of fresh air on energy efficiency. Energy ministers from across Australia have approved a set of recommendations to increase minimum standards for energy performance in new buildings.

On why avocados are looking so good

Passive House as a methodology of construction is about to break out of its boutique box in residential and hit the broader market sectors.

Dumb buildings won’t make for very smart cities

Dumb buildings won’t make for very smart cities

Hobart recently unveiled a “smart bin” trial that could see bins deployed across the city that can advise when they’re full and need emptying outside of the normal schedule.

The construction industry through the lens of the Opal Tower

The NSW state’s construction industry is out of control. We need a NSW Commission of Inquiry. And we need Rowena Orr to run it. And we need it to be state based so that the politicians and bureaucrats can’t hide behind national inquires. 

Polyamorous marriage? It’s a must for sustainable cities

Polyamorous marriage? It’s a must for sustainable cities

We need multi-partnered relationships of trust and collaboration – equal to the very best marriages – to achieve the outperformance that will give us a sustainable built environment.

Five ways cities can step up on climate change

Five ways cities can step up on climate change

New leaders are emerging to meet the climate challenge. Cities and towns in Australia and across the world are taking charge of their future and moving swiftly to reduce their climate impact and secure a clean energy future for their residents.