Materials

Five ways hemp can help save the planet

Last week, the Northern Territory became the final Australian jurisdiction to legalise the cultivation and sale of industrial hemp with low levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the mind-altering chemical compound found at high levels in marijuana.

A trillion dollar industry in the making as technology works out ways to turn carbon into useful materials

A trillion dollar industry to turn carbon into useful materials

Imagine turning the CO2 from steel and cement into something useful, such as building materials. That’s the role that emerging technologies could play in meeting our emission reduction targets the Siemens Digitalise conference in Brisbane heard last week.

What does engineered timber need to go mainstream?

The future of cross laminated timber (CLT) and other engineered timber products has attracted a lot of attention this week in The Fifth Estate. For Aurecon engineer Ralph Belperio, timber has the potential to become a sustainable building material of choice – there’s just a few things holding it back.

Concrete a key component of Australia’s first Passive House apartment building

Concrete a key component of Australia’s first Passive House apartment building

Sustainability architects have for many years specified concrete for its thermal qualities, and it’s clearly an essential part of construction – especially in mid to high rise buildings and infrastructure. In recent times it’s attracted the attention of the Passive House movement.

Can algae building technology work in Australia? 

Can algae building technology work in Australia? 

The age of fossil fuels is drawing to an end, and some believe the 21st century will be the age of the biofuels. A team of UTS researchers are currently working on one promising option – algae building technology – with the hope that it will be the next big thing in green buildings.

Post-Grenfell anxiety for insurers, regulators and building owners continues

Some insurance companies worldwide have stopped insuring tower blocks clad with the same sort of materials that led to the rapid spread of the fire in London’s Grenfell Tower that killed 72 people. Building regulations are also struggling to catch up with effective regulation and monitoring.

PFAS update & do we need a federal EPA?

PFAS update & do we need a federal EPA?

According to Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Christine Covington it’s probably time for federal environmental protection agency. And one of its first jobs could be to implement the recommendations of the…