3 April 2014 – University of Sydney graduate architect HY William Chang who received the 2014 Student Prize for the Advancement of Architecture in the Australian Institute of Architects’ 2014 Australian Achievements in Architecture Awards says there’s not much current focus on post-occupancy evaluation of buildings.
27 March 2014 — McGraw Hill Construction has released a report on building information modelling in Australian and New Zealand economies, finding that the region is an international leader in BIM adoption, though barriers still need to be overcome, and a government mandate would help.
25 March 2014 — Increasing demand for commercial projects to have sustainability credentials is translating into an increase in price of specialist consulting and subcontracting services, according to WT Partnership Review of Construction Market Conditions released this month.
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13 March 2013 — Legal firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has signed a lease for space in Brisbane’s Premium Grade One One One Eagle Street and, according to partner Peter Caloy, high performance buildings are the only way to go.
The company has offices in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, with Sydney’s 347 staff the first to make the shift into sustainable space at Mirvac’s 8 Chifley Square in October last year.
By Matthew Trigg 3 March 2014 – After receiving the 2014 Royal Gold Medal for architecture in London on 24 February, Joseph Rykwert gave a lecture in which he discussed how it is impossible to divorce politics from architecture, going so far as to declare that architecture is a political art.
25 February 2014 — Green has become a brand preoccupied with extracting efficiencies, while sustainable is a more local, holistic approach, the National University of Singapore’s Dr Nirmal Kishnani tells Louis White ahead of an Australian lecture series.
25 February 2014 — Modular construction can deliver a six per cent reduction in costs, according to research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. In a market where a one per cent saving can mean the difference between profit and loss, modular makes business sense. And, in a world of finite resources, modular makes environmental sense.
24 February 2014 — Energy efficient houses are cheaper to run and build, a CSIRO study into the effectiveness of increased energy efficiency standards for houses has found, challenging the fierce counter moves to greener housing from the building and housing lobbies.
19 February 2014 — Eradicating commonly found toxins in indoor environments can make a real difference to quality of life, especiallyfor those living in aged care facilities, sustainable design consultant Megan Norgate of Brave New Eco says.
11 February 2014 — The fifth edition of Your Home, a consumer guide and technical manual for creating sustainable homes, has been released by the Department of Industry.
Your Home contains practical, comprehensive information on environmentally sustainable design and building to homeowners and the building industry, with the latest edition containing the latest research on sustainable design and technology.
10 February 2014 — Greenwashing, cost perceptions and design trends are three of the biggest stumbling blocks for genuine residential sustainability, according to Nest Architects principal Emilio Fuscaldo.
6 February 2014 — As reported on The Fifth Estate on 16 July last year, 8 Chifley Square is one of a new breed of buildings currently being introduced to the Sydney commercial market.
This new breed is providing the City of Sydney with ingenious and unorthodox designs that are leading the international field in sustainable building design in their technology and systems, along with the less tangible element of societal change.
18 December 2013 – NSW’s Building and Sustainability Index for new residential building is currently being reviewed, with a view to increasing targets for energy and water efficiency and thermal comfort.
The proposed targets, , expected to yield significant economic benefits, and supporting documents are now out for public comment until 31 January 2014.