Mainstreaming low carbon design

Low carbon design provides a cost-effective way of improving performance that can be adopted for all buildings. Now, clear guidance on how to achieve such designs is available in a series of free, technical guides.

How ICC’s precinct-scale thermal plant works

Case study: Among the sustainability initiatives that made the International Convention Centre at Sydney’s Darling Harbour an awards and ratings magnet, a working example of a precinct-scale central energyplantis the star.

New carbon positive eco-home hits The Cape

Wonthaggi, Victoria home designer Beaumont Concepts has developed a new sustainable home design that can be built from 6-10 star NatHERS.

Case study: a small home with a big vision

A small home project in Geelong is showcasing a way to address some of the big issues in the residential sector, including affordability, density, build quality and sustainability.

Case study: a tiny home with a big vision

A small home project in Geelong is showcasing a way to address some of the big issues in the residential sector, including affordability, density, build quality and sustainability.

The incredible challenge of water-positive development in rural Australia

Many of the Living Building Challenge petals have been designed into two Castlemaine developments without too much trouble. Yet one petal, the water petal, has been an incredible challenge.

Corruption concerns over NSW’s mandatory planning panel push

Property lobby groups are overjoyed by the NSW government’s announcement it will install mandatory planning panels to approve development applications, but the local government sector and opposition parties say there are probity and accountability issues.

How digital tech and big data is transforming buildings

Digital technology and big data promise a range of benefits to building developers, owners and tenants, including increased rental yields, improved employee retention and lower operational costs. The property sector, however, is behind others in realising technology’s enormous potential, a new report from Arup has found. Reimagining Property in a Digital World says the ways […]

Case study: Why heat pumps now trump gas hot water

With gas prices escalating, the search is on for a cheaper way to heat hot water in apartment complexes. Surprisingly, one of the more economical solutions is electricity in the form of electric heat pumps – and there are environmental benefits too. Wattblock, an organisation specialising in reducing energy costs for strata apartments, recently presented […]

Rialto: how to transform a Melbourne giant

SPECIAL REPORT: There’s a view that old buildings can’t perform. Rialto shows it’s that thinking that’s outdated. In this building, good bones means age is no impediment to making a building commercially and environmentally sustainable. Here’s how.

How to make old houses energy-efficient

A 100-year old Victorian cottage in Albert Park with terrible thermal and energy performance is now achieving six star NatHERS and high air tightness following renovation and extension.

Case study: Google Head Office interior, South Africa

It’s fair to say that pretty much everyone has heard of Google, but not everyone may know that the company is actively working to prevent its colossal global presence from causing colossal environmental damage.

Case study: The Carbon Positive House

How to build a (sustainable) world in a day. Annie Kane discovers how Archiblox is building a cutting-edge sustainable house in just six hours.

Case study: Australia’s first Passivhaus education building

Generation Z don’t know how good they have it. Having never lived in a time without the internet, mobile phones, or social media, these millennials are used to constantly asking the world for more, faster, and at its earliest convenience.

Case study: Sawmill House

Balanced along the edge of a former gold mine quarry in Yackandandah, Victoria, Sawmill House is a poetic example of young Melbourne and Hobart-based studio Archier’s belief in open, culturally responsive design. A key feature of the residence is the use of recycled concrete blocks to form the dwelling’s outer perimeter. Sawmill explores the adaptable […]

GE’s new Springfield HQ keeps ESD core

Springfield, Queensland is using high building sustainability standards to attract major corporations to the masterplanned city’s commercial office precinct, according to Congrad Gargett project architect Annissa Farrell, and GE’s $72 million headquarters is a great example.

Gardenhill’s pet-friendly take on high-density living

Beulah International’s $77 million multi-residential Gardenhill project in Doncaster in Melbourne’s east is the first in the metropolitan area to create a dog-friendly development with a private off-leash garden area, according to BI director Adelene Teh.