Coronavirus

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On why not everyone is worried about toilet paper

With three of the four horsemen of the apocalypse making their rounds in recent months, in Australia at least, you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s all a bit bleak. And uncomfortable. And a tad scary.

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On a walk in the park, and a peek into turmoil

News from the front desk Issue 471: If you’re feeling discombobulated by the crazy mental contagion of our world right now try this for some unsolicited advice: a good night’s sleep, an early morning walk in the sun, a bit of nature.

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Coronavirus: What we know so far about managing the risk in buildings

SPECIAL FEATURE: Wondering if buildings can help prevent the spread and impact of COVID-19? You’re not alone, but unfortunately, we’re still learning about the virus so the recommended response for building operators is evolving daily. The Fifth Estate spoke to the experts to see what the latest advice is on keeping buildings safe for occupants.

HVAC and COVID-19 explained

 There is considerable interest in the role that HVAC may play in the transmission of COVID-19.

Europe and COVID-19 like WWII… but not

The coronavirus outbreak is having a dramatic effect in Europe. Here are the latest developments, and the potential sources of hope amidst the terrifying gloom.

A vote of confidence in our future is a great message

Comment: Today (Tuesday) we sat in on Transform, the Green Building Council of Australia’s big annual conference streaming live. Our brave new world, after COVID-19. It’s hard to overstate how…

Keeping an eye on the energy efficiency ball is crucial

What happens to energy efficiency when people desert the CBDs because of the COVID-19 pandemic to work from home, and then send energy consumption through the roof with their domestic consumption?

On the facility managers fighting COVID-19 behind the scenes

News from the front desk Issue 476: Just a few months ago, the notion that large swathes of Australia’s building stock would be empty and in “hibernation” was unimaginable. As was the idea that COVID-19 might be enough to keep some people away from crowded buildings indefinitely.