Stanford University researchers have developed a system that can passively cool water by up to 5°C by beaming its heat into outer space.
Californian energy efficiency standards are set to see cool roof technology take off, but scientists have raised concerns that widespread use could lead to increased levels of ozone and fine particulate pollution.
Charter Hall has become one of the early adopters of a new app, Comfy, which allows users to personalise workspace heating and cooling.
The European Commission is proposing that a voluntary scheme for rating the “smart readiness” of buildings be adopted by the end of 2019. This scheme will include the development of a smart readiness indicator, and a methodology to calculate this.
Virtual reality is being used to give potential residents a better understanding of what living at Lendlease’s Melbourne Quarter will be like, offering hope that fewer resources can be consumed to promote and visualise new property development. Within the apartment sales and display centre, virtual reality goggles and an interactive 3D printed model controlled by […]
Government-owned company PSMA has officially launched what it says is a world first in geospatial mapping technology, providing high-resolution built environment data that will soon cover the whole of Australia. Geoscape will provide data sets including a digital representation of every building in Australia with a roof over nine square metres in urban areas, 3D […]
The Australian construction sector must transform and seize the sustainability and productivity benefits offered by the digital economy, argues Gavin Cotterill. There has never been a more urgent need to transform the way we inhabit our planet. Whether we look at it through the lens of climate change, population growth, migration, urbanisation, sustainability or use […]
Growing understanding of productivity costs caused by occupant discomfort in buildings is proving a business boost for IEQ innovator and tech start-up Hux. Co-founder Rhys Sullivan, who replaced his fellow co-founder and brother Matthew Sullivan-Kilgour as chief executive in December last year, says the business is now in the process of transitioning out of the […]
Australian start-up CIM Enviro has utilised venture capital funding to rapidly expand, achieving up to 30 per cent reduction in peak energy demand across its 46 client sites. Founder and chief executive David Walsh said venture capital had traditionally gone to the fintech, mining, oil and gas sectors despite property playing a huge role in […]
Tech giant Google has joined forces with the US-based Healthy Building Network to launch a web-based materials analysis tool that promises to advance healthy materials use, accelerate access to high-quality and comparable data, and connect supply with demand. The application, Portico, is currently being beta-tested by founding partners in the enterprise including architects Perkins + […]
US researchers have developed a metamaterial they say could be used to help cool buildings without the use of energy or water. The glass-polymer hybrid film, developed by engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder, cools objects it is applied to by reflecting incoming solar energy while also allowing the surface to emit its own […]
With 2016 achieving the unenviable title of “world’s hottest year on record” and 2017 already seeing a onslaught of heatwaves in Australia, what are some of the sustainable design features developers might consider to make their buildings more comfortable in this increasingly extreme environment? Ever-increasing property prices have led to developers seeking to build as […]
New research by EY, in conjunction with the Green Building Council of Australia and Property Council of Australia, hopes to shake the property industry from its slumber on the inevitable disruption that will transform the sector.
Homebuyers and builders have pushed up demand for solar and batteries to double previous levels following the release of Tesla’s Powerwall 2.0, according to CSR Bradford’s executive general manager Anthony Tannous.
Software company Bentley Systems’ annual Year in Infrastructure conference is being held this week in London, and one thing that seems to have changed from previous years is the number of Chinese projects now represented. Of the 54 finalists for the Be Inspired awards, nine have come from China, which Bentley says is unprecedented. The […]
Global agreement on 16 October to phase down refrigerants with high global warming potential has been welcomed in Australia, but how prepared is the industry and what are the issues surrounding natural refrigerants? Australia and other developed nations were this month part of the agreement reached at a Montreal Protocol meeting in Kigali, Rwanda, to […]
BMW is investing in growing uptake of electric vehicles in New Zealand, entering into a partnership arrangement with Charge Net NZ to develop a national EV charging network that will stretch around the country.
The University of Technology Sydney will source cooling energy from the Central Park thermal plant across the street, in what is being billed as an Australian first for precinct-scale sharing.
Homeowners may soon be able to opt for a dark roof while maintaining the cooling and environmental benefits of a white roof, following a research breakthrough by the US Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
In brief: Windows made out of transparent wood could provide better energy efficiency and more consistent natural light than glass, according to a new US study.
It’s touted as one of the next big disruptions in the construction space, but researchers from NYU have warned that 3D printing could be vulnerable to cyberattack.
The University of Queensland has teamed up with Arup, Lendlease, Hyne Timber and the state government to create a research centre tasked with bringing the tall timber construction revolution up north.
Melbourne-based prefabricated modular housing company Habitech Systems has entered the New Zealand market, with an exclusive partnership deal with NZ construction firm LiteGreen Projects.
What do a professor of marine biology, an architect and a building surveyor have in common? Algae.
Research projects involving printed solar film for building products, innovative prefabricated building systems and multi-storey timber housing technology have shared in $22.6 million of federal funding delivered through the Cooperative Research Centres Program.
Lendlease’s new headquarters at its Barangaroo South development has become the first to install a new green wall technology researchers say absorbs carbon dioxide faster than any other plant system.
The federal government has announced a phase-down of HFC imports to occur from January 2018, which is estimated to reduce HFC emissions by 85 per cent by 2036, and contribute 80 millions tonnes towards Australia’s 2030 emissions reductions targets.
A new online climate adaptation and resilience tool launched this month by Wood & Grieve Engineers aims to assist developers, design teams and local councils to assess risks and outline mitigation pathways for building and infrastructure projects.
Enormous digital disruption is occurring globally but if the Australian property industry is to utilise emerging technology, it needs to change its business model, contractual arrangements, and design methodology, says Greg Stone, Arup’s Australasian digital services leader.
Buildings with roofs, facades and windows swathed in solar are a step closer following news that the University of NSW has broken efficiency records for CZTS thin-film solar.