Government’s HomeBuilder handout doesn’t come cheap

Multiple rooms in the average Australian home would have to be significantly renovated to access the government’s $25,000 HomeBuilder grant, a program aimed at keeping the construction industry afloat as Australia heads into its first recession in almost three decades.

Ventilation might help slow COVID-19 spread but let’s not forget energy use

While the evidence so far indicates that increasing outside air circulation may help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in buildings, some common sense goes a long way for facility managers looking to keep occupants safe without wasting energy on overzealous air circulation. 

COVID-19 and the SDGs: moving forward after the crisis

Many governments, businesses and local communities have made commitments towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but COVID-19 may set some of these commitments back.

Planning in an era of COVID-19 and high density living

In planning circles, debate has ignited around the relative resilience of different dwelling types to the COVID-19 pandemic and the prospect of health threats like it in the future. It’s highlighted the shortfalls high density living – when it’s done badly, at least – so does this mean people will flock to the suburbs?

HVAC and COVID-19 explained

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

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.

To limit coronavirus risks on public transport, here’s what we can learn from efforts overseas

Public transport in our cities is highly vulnerable to disease outbreaks such as the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, public transport is the lifeblood of our cities, so it’s desirable to keep services running as long as possible. Australia can learn from what has been done overseas, especially in China, where concrete strategies to reduce […]

Hot desking in heatwaves: The workplace in a climate emergency

As global average temperatures continue to rise with increasingly disastrous effects, Sydney-based architect Don Albert considers where and how Australians will work in the future, by re-examining the past.