Report: Australia’s a BIM leader, but barriers still remain

By Cameron Jewell

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.

Sustainability pays off long term, WTP's Nick Deeks says

By Willow Aliento

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.

Cool roofs versus dark roofs: special report

FAVOURITES, SPECIAL REPORT: We talk to manufacturers and sustainability expert Dr Chris Reardon; we check the councils such as Pittwater and Woollahra to see why they don’t like light roofs; take a look at City of Melbourne’s study; and even the argument for dark roofs.

Corrs: high performance buildings the way to go

By Willow Aliento

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.

New Zealand gets its 100th Green Star

27 February 2014 — New Zealand has hit 100 Green Star buildings with the country’s first 6 Star education building.

The Te Mirumiru building, in Kawakawa, Northland, is also New Zealand’s first commercial earth-bank building.

Nirmal Kishnani: On the difference between green and sustainable

By Louis White, for Holcim Foundation

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.

Tony Arnel on the promise of modular construction

By Tony Arnel, Norman Disney & Young

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.

CSIRO: Green housing cheaper to build and run

By Cameron Jewell

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.

Fifth edition of Your Home sustainability guide released

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.

8 Chifley: the journey to high performance

By Erik Moore, Arup

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.

Getting the BASIX right in NSW will bring economic rewards

By Willow Aliento

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.