Lobsters have long inspired top chefs in high-end restaurants. Now, their tough outer shells have become a source of inspiration for stronger 3D-printed concrete.
Builders could be the missing link in sustainability across the built environment, according to Northrop sustainability manager Chris Buntine. And as the coordinator of Engineers Declare, he says there’s a lot more that can be done by engineers too.
Co-CEO of Australian architecture studio, BVN, Ninotschka Titchkosky, talked to The Fifth Estate ahead of last month’s Building Circularity conference about the importance of technology, low-carbon materials and innovation.
Engineering services firm Meinhardt Group has continued its aggressive growth strategy to reassert itself as a top player in the Australian market. Among recent activity it’s hired sustainability and integrated design advocate Darren Bilsborough to head the ANZ building services team.
Energy efficiency and diversification are two major opportunities for health and research facilities looking to save money and attract investment. Air quality is of utmost importance for health and research facilities to protect people from bacteria, viruses, chemicals and other nasty contaminants. But keeping all that fresh air pumping through the HVAC system comes at […]
With mysterious outbreaks of coronavirus infections in hotels and aged care homes perhaps it’s the case that the virus is more airborne that we imagined.
One of the key speakers at Flick the Switch next Wednesday, Stiebel Eltron’s Glenn Day, will tackle the potential of heat pumps to pave the way to net zero. But it’s not easy: the hurdles are tough, especially for existing buildings.
The benefits of embracing AI outweigh the potential negatives, especially in construction.
It’s exciting that on nearly every front where we can see problems there is almost equal energy expended in finding solutions. Call it the optimism gene but it’s working for us!
Clare Parry, who will be a panellist at The Fifth Estate’s Flick the Switch event on 5 August, is a director of the Australian Passive House Association (and founding chair). She’s been weathering the lockdown periods in her recently built Passive House in Melbourne, and is thrilled not to be in the “dumb” double brick house she lived in before.
Plans for one of the largest “passive house” social housing estates in Europe have been approved in Ireland. But the designers could still learn a thing or two about the latest thinking in sustainable social housing from Germany. A total of 597 homes will be built on a nine hectare site by scenic Shanganagh Castle, […]
Noise-cancelling windows that block traffic sounds even when windows are open are inching closer to reality, with a new study showing that the technology can reduce perceived loudness of traffic noise by half.
With the need for better buildings more urgent than ever, great minds across Australia are finding innovative ways to reshape the building sector with sustainable construction materials When it comes to rethinking sustainability, the Australian building sector is going to have to start from the ground up. Australia’s construction sector is the fourth largest indirect […]
In Melbourne and Sydney, investment in transit infrastructure is at an unprecedented high. How these two cities are learning from places with developed transit-related value capture models, such as Hong Kong, Los Angeles and London, to ensure that the investment brings broad, long-lasting social value and environmental benefits to the surrounding communities? Melbourne is currently […]
With outfits like Google and Salesforce jumping onto the Living Building Challenge this is a green building growth phenomenon. In a signal it wants to be a regional leader in this fast-growing space, global engineering and development consultancy, Mott MacDonald, has hired someone from the very top of her field to be its first-ever head […]
The ultimate problem solvers, Engineers Australia chief executive officer Bronwyn Evans says engineers will play a key role in building resilience during and after the COVID-19 pandemic
Sara Wilkinson and Wil Srubar III attended the CarbonPositive ’20 conference in LA in March to present on the use of next-generation biomaterials in construction. The three-day event reset the agenda for sustainability and decarbonisation of the built environment from lowering and minimising our carbon emissions and meeting zero carbon targets, to becoming carbon positive.
It might be a sign of changing times or Romilly Madew’s green pedigree coming through, but climate adaption and response projects topped Infrastructure Australia’s priority list for 2020
MARKET PULSE: A flagging Australian economy saw engineering job vacancies flag in 2019 with NSW hit the hardest.
Global engineering company Meinhardt has come “full circle” in its Australian operations by acquiring Bonacci Group, a move it hopes will lock in its return as a top player in the Australian market.
As Australian councils struggle to pay sky-high gas bills to heat and cool their aquatic centres, pressure is building to find cheaper and less carbon-intensive ways to keep these treasured community facilities open.
It’s been a long road but Australian-based water recycling company Aquacell is now installing its non-potable water treatment systems into major commercial building in the US, including the Salesforce Tower in San Francisco.
Technology is allowing great advances in design, construction and building management techniques. Here we explore digital twins and BIM through interviews with leaders from Willow and Autodesk.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Connectivity in the built environment has many benefits, but the reality is that smart buildings are collecting data that could be used in nefarious ways in the future and it’s hard to plug the entry points for infiltration.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Smart cities technologies promise more efficient and cost-effective urban environments. But what are the privacy and legal implications of wiring our buildings to monitor everything and everyone in them?
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.
The VR technology means clients can make rapid updates to plans or trial a variety of plans in quick succession, leading to better building outcomes without incurring the costs usually associated with these sorts of updates.
TECHNOLOGY: Simon Carter’s company Morphosis and other supporting organisations last week launched the Sustainable Digitalisation Project – a collaboration making digitalisation in real estate and cities responsible, ethical and sustainable.
How EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor optimised energy efficiency and employee comfort levels at Sodexo APAC House.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Daniella Traino is a data and cyber security expert with “a view to creating a future I actually want to live in.”