Materials

How to choose the best windows for your building

They say windows are the eyes of a building – and your eyes are a window to your soul. To help your buildings’ windows best serve the needs of its occupants, the UK’s NHBC Foundation has released a special guide.

Labor pressures government to ban PE cladding

Federal Labor is pressuring the Turnbull government to announce a ban on flammable polyethylene (PE) cladding, ahead of Friday’s meeting of the Building Ministers’ Forum.

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Governments have burnt up trust on cladding

The failure of all three tiers of government to deal with the problems associated with non-complying aluminium cladding has created a massive trust deficit amongst strata owners who’ve been left to pick up the tab for a problem of others’ creation.

It’s time to rethink non-conforming building products

Non-conforming building products (NCBPs) have permeated our building and construction industries for too long, thanks to a mix of regulatory complexity, governmental denial, poor policing and unclear accountability. Fresh approaches are sorely needed, writes John Power.

5 next generation technologies for low-carbon cooling

Robotic shading and smart facade materials that breathe could cool buildings by up to 5°C and reduce the need for airconditioning by 25 per cent, according to the Spain’s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC).

Australian leadership: zero carbon cement possible in 10 years

Cement creates more carbon emissions than every car in the world combined, but Beyond Zero Emissions has cooked up a plan for Australia to lead the world with a zero carbon cement industry. And one that could help reverse job losses through the closure of coal plants.

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Would more people buy solar panels if they were green?

Green solar panels that blend in with nature; red solar panels on a terracotta roof; white solar hidden on a wall. Researchers have discovered a way to turn typically black and blue solar panels a shade of green, and potentially any colour imaginable.