Timber: how to shrink our carbon footprint

By Willow Aliento

29 May 2014 — Reduce carbon, make beautiful sustainable buildings, improve worker safety, incentivise tree planting and resolve one of the core issues at the centre of the native forest logging debate, which is long-term jobs and community economic well-being. Using timber for construction could be the making of a new, sound industry for Australia.

Burbank takes zero waste home pilot to market

By Willow Aliento

26 May 2014 — Burbank’s Zero Waste Home in Melton South, Victoria, has demonstrated that with smart design, intelligent management of logistics and ordering, and cooperation from trades and suppliers, it is possible to reduce waste sent to landfill as the result of a domestic build by 99 per cent – without compromising on quality or aesthetics.

Barangaroo tower gets Green Star

By Cameron Jewell

22 May 2014 — A 42-storey commercial tower being constructed in Sydney’s Barangaroo development has gained a 6 Star Green Star rating, the largest building to do so.

Barangaroo South’s Tower 2 commercial building, one of three buildings comprising International Towers Sydney being constructed by Lend Lease, was today [Thursday] awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 rating.

UTS’s Dr Chau Chak Wing Building: weaving green through the business curriculum

By Willow Aliento

20 May 2014 — As the gradual reveal of the 5 Star Green Star Dr Chau Chak Wing building at UTS gives Sydney a look at the dramatic Frank Gehry-designed brick facade, the sustainability aspects of the building and its systems are already proving to be a valuable teaching and learning tool for the staff and students of the Business School, according to Professor Suzanne Benn, professor of sustainable enterprise at UTS.

Arup pre-commits to Investa’s 151 Clarence Street redevelopment

By Cameron Jewell

16 May 2014 — Investa Office Fund will demolish its B grade 151 Clarence Street building to make way for a $110 million A grade building, with design, planning and engineering firm Arup committing to four floors.

The current 16,000 square metre building, home to Westpac and Telstra, will be demolished in March 2016 to make room for the new 17-storey, 22,000 sq m building, which is targeting 5 Star Green Star and NABERS Energy ratings.

Is Green Globes the trojan horse of US rating systems?

By Willow Aliento

10 April 2014 — Just as the original Trojan horse was made of wood, so too is the leverage the Green Building Institute, promoter of the Green Globes rating system, has used to undermine the use of the US Green Building Council’s LEED ratings system by government funded projects in the United States.

A major lobbying push by the alternative rating system – which has a board featuring members from chemical companies, lobbyists for the vinyl industry, firms involved with the Keystone XL Pipeline project and nuclear industry, and major players in the timber industry – has seen the use of LEED effectively barred for government projects in five states.

Comment sought on changing NCC to deliver more resilient buildings

By Willow Aliento

10 April 2014 — The Australian Building Codes Board is seeking comment on whether changes to the National Construction Code are necessary to deliver buildings with better resilience, as increased numbers of extreme weather events and shifting weather patterns begin to threaten the built environment.

Future-proof commercial office towers in running for Parramatta Square

?6 November 2013 — A pair of conical commercial office towers wrapped in photovoltaic panels and topped with wind turbines is one of four proposals for office towers being considered for construction in Parramatta Square. Bologna-based firm Mario Cucinella Architects have come up with this futuristic, energy-generating proposal.

Other contenders short-listed by Parramatta City Council’s Parramatta Square Stages 5 and 6 design competition jury were Sydney-based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Johnson Pilton Walker, and Bates Smart.