Building

Time’s up – we need good affordable housing

Time’s up – we need good affordable housing

There’s been a deafening silence on affordable housing and homelessness from the Morrison government.  There’s a minister with the word “homelessness” in his job title, but the homelessness advocacy sector…

How NABERS will transform the performance of UK office buildings

A scheme to create an investment grade rating that reflects buildings’ “performance in use” based on the Australian NABERS scheme is in development in the UK and hopes to bridge the “performance gap” between design and actual performance of office buildings. But a new report shows the UK lags 15 years behind Australia.

The slow road to eco-renovation of existing buildings

The only way the world can possibly tackle climate change successfully is to decarbonise existing buildings at pace, in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recommendation that global…

What does engineered timber need to go mainstream?

The future of cross laminated timber (CLT) and other engineered timber products has attracted a lot of attention this week in The Fifth Estate. For Aurecon engineer Ralph Belperio, timber has the potential to become a sustainable building material of choice – there’s just a few things holding it back.

London calling: NABERS, actually

London calling: NABERS, actually

NABERS, the NSW born and nurtured environmental rating scheme that’s become the gold standard for green buildings in Australia will soon be launched in the UK, under the guidance of one of its original architects Dr Paul Bannister.