FLICK THE SWITCH – Sian Willmott: An ESD consultant’s guide to net zero in office buildings

The challenge to deliver net zero all-electric buildings is a formidable one. And no-one knows that better than an ESD consultant. Victorian based AECOM principal sustainability consultant Sian Willmott is well familiar with the task. Her remit in all-electric projects stretches from education to healthcare and the commercial sector. When it comes to office buildings, […]

Built and Nuveen fuse old with new for Sydney CBD office tower

Until a few years ago, two industrial heritage buildings in the middle of Sydney’s CBD sat unused for 20 years because no developer was brave enough to touch the tricky infill site. Building and construction company Built has risen to the challenge, on Wednesday topping out an eye-catching glass “bubble” atop the two existing buildings, […]

­­­­­­How much extra does it cost to make a building net zero carbon?

What are the real-world implications for achieving new net zero buildings? How can new buildings be designed to reach net zero performance targets and what effect does this have on cost? These are the questions researchers for the UK Green Building Council set out to answer with a deep dive into the implications for two […]

Landcom’s patterns for cooling the commons in Western Sydney

The heat is on for Western Sydney in more ways than one. Not only is the region expected to regularly hit 50 degrees in summer, it’s already done so. And yet it’s earmarked for major expansion of population. With a new report Cooling Common Spaces in Densifying Urban Environments the NSW government’s land development agency […]

Online NABERS + CBD Conference 2020

Clear your diary on 16 July for the online NABERS + CBD Conference, with a speaker lineup that’s packed with the leaders driving sustainability in the built environment such as the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor, NSW minister for energy and environment Matt Kean, Green Building Council of Australia’s Davina Rooney and host […]

Buildings are not lifeless objects, it’s time to treat them as such 

In our obsession with newness, we can easily forget that the narrative of sustainability is not merely about technical longevity, but also about cultural sustainability, an expression of our city’s identity and thus a continuation of our collective memory of place.

Bueno’s head start in Australia and where to next

Now six years old, the success of Bueno’s data-driven building operations software owes a lot to the maturity of energy performance in the Australian property sector. Now it’s looking to grow its presence overseas, with a new office set to open in New York next year.

How cities are decarbonising

Now we know that an investment of $1.83 trillion a year in 16 low-carbon measures in cities – about 2 per cent of global GDP –  could reduce global urban emissions by 90 per cent by 2050.

NABERS cracks some of the thorniest sectors in 2018-19

EXCLUSIVE: It’s been a big year for NABERS, with shopping centres flocking to the environmental rating tool, indoor environment ratings on the rise, and an expansion into the UK.

Passivhaus could be about to hit the mainstream

Thirty years after its inception, Passivhaus design, which results in high-performing buildings that use hardly any energy, looks set to hit the mainstream.

How the construction industry got itself into this mess

It’s a national scandal  – worse, for now, in NSW –  but the problems of the construction industry will likely just keep growing until we manage to find a pathway to systemic change.

Planning for fire safety in the ACT

The Green Star rated Ginninderry community in the ACT is taking a suburb-wide approach to planning for fire. The development will be something of a living laboratory, with developer Riverview Projects signing a Collaborative Arrangement Agreement with CSIRO. CSIRO Bushfire Urban Design research leader Justin Leonard will be part of the research team, which also […]

Australia has opened the door to higher performing homes, at lower cost

In the midst of agreements on national reforms to address the cladding crisis and improve the fire and structural safety of buildings, decision makers at the recent Building Ministers’ Forum also reached another significant milestone  – one that could set Australian homes on a path towards lower energy bills, reduced strain on the electricity network and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.

Europe’s solutions to the barriers to deep energy retrofits

The European Commission estimates that almost 75 per cent of Europe’s building stock is energy inefficient, with a renovation rate of just 0.4 to 1.2 per cent per year, depending on the country. But several projects are racing to overcome the many hurdles to improving this. These hurdles are technical, economic, social and regulatory. Energy […]

How NABERS will transform the performance of UK office buildings

A scheme to create an investment grade rating that reflects buildings’ “performance in use” based on the Australian NABERS scheme is in development in the UK and hopes to bridge the “performance gap” between design and actual performance of office buildings. But a new report shows the UK lags 15 years behind Australia.

London calling: NABERS, actually

NABERS, the NSW born and nurtured environmental rating scheme that’s become the gold standard for green buildings in Australia will soon be launched in the UK, under the guidance of one of its original architects Dr Paul Bannister.

NABERS – the wrap and the new goals 

NABERS has a new vision for the future, with its new five-year strategy going live last week. A few experts offered their thoughts on the journey of the national rating tool so far and what they hope to see going forward.