Melbourne’s Domain precinct will soon have a premium, net zero, lockdown-resilient apartment block. Expect more. And it’s all been inspired by the wake up call of the summer bushfires.
It takes precision and care to construct an airtight building that’s good enough to pass the tough blower door test for Passive House certification. None of it cheap.
The NSW Building Commissioner’s most recent communication deals with why an ethical and authentic developer or construction enterprise will have the most customers in future. According to David Chandler ethics and authenticity lie at the heart of what makes a construction business distinctive, in demand and ultimately successful. Most leading companies in the construction industry realise […]
Your guide to what’s on offer by way of government tenders this week. New management at Changing Places The Changing Places Initiative is ready for a change in management. Founded in the UK, the Changing Places initiative creates accessible public bathroom facilities such as larger than standard toilets, adult-sized change tables and tracking hoist systems. […]
Dean Willemsen, who heads commercial building company Primebuild, is well aware that his sector has taken a bit hit to confidence under Covid, but he’s among some smart operators that are taking the chance to retool the way they do business. While the pipeline looks quite strong in the months ahead for Willemsen’s business, April […]
A $2.1 million affordable and social housing project by UnitingSA Housing, in the south-west Adelaide suburb of Kurralta Park, has been given the green light.
Last week an article was published in The Fifth Estate titled “We are looking for the Henry Ford of Buildings”. In my view that’s the last thing we need, especially now as we emerge from the COVID 19 crisis and start to rebuild our devastated economy in a just and equitable way. In modernising the […]
Now that faster, safer and more efficient construction is more important than ever due to the coronavirus, will the construction industry have no choice but to modernise?
Governments need to think differently to spread the benefits of their post COVID 19 stimulus. Building a new “third” construction sector is an excellent place to start. The NSW Government has prioritised 24 housing, school and industrial projects to undergo the fast-track assessment process, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The hope is that […]
More new homes spring up every year, and for an ever-growing number of people, these homes are apartments.
Pay rises in the property industry have not yet taken a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, but future remuneration increases are likely be “modest” as the “year of the virus” unfolds, according to Avdiev’s latest remuneration report.
For Development Victoria’s new sustainability manager Samantha Peart, there are big opportunities to reset and improve best practice sustainability in the development sector, especially in the wake of the current pandemic.
At the Westmead Hospital Redevelopment project Multiplex Construction’s innovative Connectivity Centres created 129 new jobs for the long-term unemployed, including 102 Indigenous people and 10 refugees.
The Australian government has provided $28 million in funding to a 30-partner collaborative initiative to revolutionise the way buildings are designed and built in Australia.
It was International Women’s Day (IWD) on Sunday and while breakfasts, cupcakes and criticisms from some quarters that it has strayed far from its radical roots still featured in the 2020 edition, the annual event provides an opportunity to highlight the hard work being done to advance women’s rights, including females working in the built environment.
For the past year, a “typical” Australian family has been living in a prototype home by Mirvac designed for zero bills.
This year’s Futurebuild expo at the ExCel Centre in London was packed with over 450 exhibitors and thousands of visitors coming together under the slogan “Responding to the emergency”. There’s no longer any doubt about the need to go net zero; the effort centres on how to get there.
Quality air and daylight is no longer a nice-to-have for office workers, according to ISPT’s Alicia Maynard, who says tenants now expect health and wellness in the workplace. Maynard, who heads the sustainability and technical services team at the company, says when looking to sign a new lease, tenants want to “make sure the owner […]
Throne rooms, powder rooms, the WC… let’s talk basics. Australian homes are being built with too many toilets and its wasting precious resources.
The process of construction – transporting materials, pumping concrete up several floors and trucking away waste – is a source of greenhouse gas emissions that’s often overlooked.
Thanks to sustainable foundations at the site of the first ever “green games”, Sydney Olympic Park has managed to achieve a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating.
It’s risky business innovating in construction but for Hickory Group’s George Abraham, the inclusion of modular and prefab has been worth it
HOLIDAY RENTAL REVIEW: A key part of sustainability is good, useable design and specification so the buildings we create
serve us well from the outset and don’t present us with reasons to want to change them – because changes cost resources and resources cost the earth.
Cities in Europe and North America are shifting public procurement, green finance and community engagement to meet the demands of the climate emergency.
This is a two-decade leap from the UK government’s legal commitment – to reach this target by 205 but the building regulations are lagging way behind.
TENDERS AND OTHER WORK: There’s something to tantalise all spirits this week in tenders and other Green Gigs, from new office buildings for the government in Melbourne and Adelaide to renewables to help out Sydney Water and a new eco tourism project in lovely Tassie.
NSW needs to broaden the conversation about how to fix the building industry by including voices from the education sector, the digital economy and even students embarking on a career in construction, says the state’s building commissioner.
IN BRIEF: Frasers Property Industrial and Winten Property Group say their new Community Business District near the new metro station at Macquarie Park in Sydney’s north west will become a “viable alternative to city locations, with seamless connections” to other areas and a well being and sustainability focus. The $750 million project Macquarie Exchange will […]
In our obsession with newness, we can easily forget that the narrative of sustainability is not merely about technical longevity, but also about cultural sustainability, an expression of our city’s identity and thus a continuation of our collective memory of place.
NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler is making promises for change in 2020 that he intends to keep.