The Grenfell Tower inquiry revelations will come as no surprise to many who work in the field of building control and regulation.
Mirvac on Wednesday revealed a new green ceramics range of apartment fittings that it’s collaborated on with Professor Veena Sahajwalla and the UNSW’s SMaRT Centre. In no surprise to anyone, Professor Veena Sahajwalla was introduced to NSW energy and environment minister Matt Kean and a crowd of onlookers at Mirvac’s Pavilions at Sydney Olympic Park […]
The Grenfell Tower public inquiry has revealed a catalogue of horrors in the construction trade, implicating manufacturers of plastic insulation and cladding that’s widely used to meet regulations focused on reducing carbon emissions and promoting energy efficiency. Barristers have testified that the companies involved viewed the fire safety certificates for their products as marketing tools […]
While the need for better green buildings is an urgent one, it is crucial to consider if the alternatives are any safer for the environment. Polymeric flame retardant PolyFR, an ingredient in an “eco-friendly” foam plastic insulation, could potentially be far more damaging to human health and the environment according to a new study, which […]
The near-universal use of H2 blue, green or red framing timber in construction is now a time bomb for landfill in 20-40 years’ time. It cannot be composted nor recycled, and thus is sent to landfill.
In an already emissions-heavy building sector, concrete and cement were linked to an estimated eight per cent of annual global emissions, according to a 2018 report from London think tank Chatham House.
As consumers become more sustainably conscious, the typical kitchen design has been turned on its head by revered Italian kitchen brand Snaidero. The company recently unveiled its first Australian project to feature precision-engineered porcelain fronted joinery at Seafarers, the new Yarra River waterfront residences in Melbourne developed by Riverlee. Designed and crafted in Italy, the […]
Renewable electricity generation and storage requires huge quantities of mined raw materials. In Europe, most of these elements are currently imported and unsustainably produced. So the European Commission has hatched a new plan for obtaining them within its borders, to make the industry more sustainable and resilient against outside disruptions. The commission has launched a […]
An open market tender was released Tuesday to collect recycled materials such as crushed glass destined for use as road base by 15 councils in the south Sydney region. The initiative Paving the Way aims to use nearly 100 million glass containers per year that might otherwise end up in landfill. The tender contract is […]
Solar power-generating windows are not new but a recent breakthrough could make this technology cheap, stable and efficient enough for widespread take up.
In good news for Australia’s emerging engineered timber market, Tasmanian timber producer Timberlink will build a mass timber factory in either South Australia or Victoria.
FLAMMABLE MATERIALS, UK – You’d have thought it wouldn’t happen again. The fire at The Cube building on Bradshawgate in Bolton, northern England, on 15 November spread rapidly due to its plastic external cladding, just as with the Grenfell disaster.
The attention on PFAS chemicals, including a massive class action being prepared against Defence, is spurring research to clean up the problem, including from Arcadis, AECOM and a range of universities. One solution could be hemp.
It might sound like an adult version of Hansel and Gretel, but houses made out of coffee grinds could become a reality in the future.
A marriage of new and old wall materials using earth and plant fibre has won the first prize in the category “Connecting Green, Blue and Grey” at the European Commission’s RegioStars Awards in Brussels, as part of the European Week of Regions and Cities.
A proven “wonder material” – thin sheets of graphene could be used as inexpensive filters in water treatment and lead to methane-fuelled public transport, among other things.
Family-run building materials manufacturer Casafico has been quietly turning waste into building materials for over 15 years, including prefabricated wall panels and coatings made from up to 50 per cent recycled materials.
We’re checking in with high blend cements, geopolymer cement and a new technology used by LafargeHolcim that uses CO2 instead of water in the curing process
Steel and concrete are New Zealand’s worst offenders when it comes to embodied carbon, together contributing more than half the carbon footprint of both residential and non-residential construction, according to a new report.
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.
David Chandler kickstarts a national conversation about the role of basic building blocks in modern, integrated design that a more efficient Australian construction industry desperately needs.
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 if our homes were alive? I don’t mean smart homes with the disembodied voice of Alexa deciding the setting for your living room spotlights. I mean actually alive – growing, living, breathing and even reproducing. T
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.
The use of cross laminated timber (CLT) and other engineered timber products is on the rise around the world but struggling with low awareness levels and concerns about fire risk and toxicity. Now the industry is fighting back. Last year in the wake of the Grenfell fire disaster the UK government banned combustible materials from […]
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.
There’s a great big yawning gap in research when it comes to sustainable buildings around the chemical cocktails created by our fitouts and furnishings and what they are doing to occupant health.
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.
Sustainability in supply chains can be an awkward business if the scope of investigations ventures beyond carbon emissions or forced labour.
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.