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Five ways hemp can help save the planet

Last week, the Northern Territory became the final Australian jurisdiction to legalise the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp with low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mind-altering chemical compound found at high levels in marijuana.

Caroline Pidcock, architects declare

Architects declare and what it really means

Hundreds of architects have joined a new movement to declare that we have a climate emergency. But what does the declaration mean? Will they turn away work that damages the environment? Will they try to change the views of their clients?

We’re going to miss David Chandler

The Daily Tele was shocked at how David Chandler’s articles in The Fifth Estate have been so critical of the government but he still gets the gig as building commissioner.

re-loved buildings special report

New Special Report: Re-loved Buildings

The most sustainable buildings are the ones we already have. How do we care for, maintain and creatively repurpose our most precious built environment assets?

Planning for fire safety in the ACT

The Green Star rated Ginninderry community in the ACT is taking a suburb-wide approach to planning for fire. The development will be something of a living laboratory, with developer Riverview…

How to design your house for fire resistance and sustainability

If anyone is any doubt this is a climate emergency, last week’s announcement by the NSW Rural Fire Service that bushfire season has been declared two months ahead of the usual date should sound the alarm bell.

Are data centres still big energy guzzlers?

Are data centres still big energy guzzlers?

Data centres consume 3 per cent of the world’s energy so it’s fortunate these buildings are becoming increasingly energy efficient. Sadly these efficiency gains might disappear when the world’s appetite for data is expected to accelerate with the proliferation of artificial intelligence and autonomous cars.

HESTA backs Nightingale Village project

Industry superannuation fund dedicated to the health and community services sectors, HESTA, has committed $20 million to the Nightingale Village sustainable housing project in Melbourne.