Construction & Development

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Better energy performance in homes gets green light from ministers

One bright note from last week’s Building Ministers Forum was an agreement to progress work to increase the energy performance requirements for residential construction under the National Construction Code for the planned 2022 iteration.

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. 

Calling on northern Australia to step up on energy standards

Calling on northern Australia to step up on energy standards

Currently, poor energy performance of buildings in Queensland, the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia means big bills, high carbon emissions and poor comfort for those who live, work or study in them. 

Fremantle jumps aboard timber office trend

Commercial offices are a “forgotten market” in WA for exploring sustainable building options. Now they’ve got a new timber building designed by Harris Jenkins Architects and Josh Byrne and Associates.

Strongbuild failure stirs industry appetite for prefab business

The failure of Strongbuild last week has already opened the door to new possibilities in the industry. Replacing the initial shock of the failure of the popular company is a sense of new opportunities for those missed the prefab boat a few years ago.