Across our cities we see more and more smart buildings, equipped with sophisticated technology to monitor almost every aspect of their environment, but not all buildings are operating smartly.
Only about 5 per cent of buildings are equipped with the right infrastructure to make them smart but a new low cost wireless canopy technology has the potential to “make every building a smart building”.
In the wake of entire countries such as the UK and professional bodies such as the Institute of Architects declaring a climate emergency, engineers are considering the same move.
The humble building management system (BMS) has come a long way and is now giving better control and oversight over buildings and property portfolios than ever before.
According to Gerhard Kress, Siemens AG vice president of data services, when it comes to big cities, there’s no alternative to rail as the backbone of transport in big cities, even automatic vehicles.
When it comes to drone adoption, Australia’s construction sector is lagging behind other countries.
How are the highly sustainable buildings and special features first trialled at a range of universities around the country faring 10 years later?
A recently launched sales app that’s free for solar retailers and installers aimed at getting more solar onto roofs may also help control Australia’s growing problem with substandard solar installation designs and retailing.
Growing uptake of residential air conditioning is set to exacerbate the warming on the planet, according to research led by the Rocky Mountain Institute.
There’s a huge challenge upon us to decarbonise what is projected to be a $6 trillion value of installed equipment by 2050 – up from the present $1.5 trillion – in refrigeration and cooling.
Facebook has never been under more scrutiny.
A new crop of smart buildings is soon coming online, according to smart building strategist Bruce Duyshart of Meld Strategies. He thinks we just might be more than a tad surprised at the outcomes.
Building services engineering consultancy Umow Lai has opened a new office in South Australia with New Zealand next on the cards for expansion.
Complex contractual disputes on numerous infrastructure and construction projects across the supply chain industry will inevitably impact the final out-turn costs on projects, whether they are upstream or downstream claims.
SMART CITIES: Connection, collaboration and the enabling power of technology to create better places for people were key out-takes from Australia’s first Smart Cities Week.
Even in 2018, polar extremes still tend to dominate the discussion on digital transformation. Morphosis director Simon Carter is on a mission to change this for the built environment.
Turning the tables on traditional engineering in favour of deploying green fortification to battle climate change will be one of the key areas of focus during a Tomorrowland presentation by Griffith University’s Cheryl Desha.
Covering roofs and walls of buildings with vegetation is a good way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
There’s more than 100,000 jobs and $50 billion in economic activity up for grabs if a “Lithium Valley” is set up in Western Australia.
Imagine opening up a window onto a busy road and hearing… not much.
RMIT University has developed a self-modifying coating that could lead to the creation of self-regulating smart windows and “temperature-responsive buildings”.
A Monash University team has developed a method of filtering salt ions from seawater that could revolutionise water desalination and purification techniques, and also provide a source of lithium for batteries.
Green walls have come under fire with the national president of the Australian Institute of Architects, Richard Kirk, questioning their sustainability.
US researchers have created an energy harvesting smart glass that can also provide glare control.
US researchers have developed a self-healing concrete by adding an unusual ingredient into the mix – a fungus called Trichoderma reesei.
US researchers have created a smart glass that provides shading and energy generation when the sun is shining, and a clear window when there’s no sun.
How adding plants to walls and roofs can improve indoor environment quality. New research by RMIT and the University of Melbourne has a few of the answers, and an app to help.
Unprecedented. On fire. Hot. Not like anything I’ve seen in 35 years. These were just some of the superlatives used to describe the booming infrastructure market for engineering in Australia this week.
Andrew Mather, former chief executive of WSP Australia and New Zealand, is spearheading entry to Sydney of US based “deep green” engineering company Integral Group.
If your company was offered a mega-profitable commission on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine* in Queensland would you turn it down due to the environmental damage it will cause, or would you take the cash?