Cows are so much happier now they’re less popular

Beef is a notoriously not very good for the planet. It produces nearly double the amounts of carbon compared with small ruminants such as goats or sheep. The good news is its consumptions is dropping. Get ready for more food to taste like chicken because the meat industry is getting a major shakeup. Global meat […]

Davina Rooney’s letter to the industry: Toward a zero carbon future with cautious optimism

New GBCA chief executive Davina Rooney comes with a challenge the industry seems happy to embrace. What’s on the cards could be all 6 Star Green Star buildings be mandated net zero carbon. In my career I have seen sustainable buildings come a long way.  Now, as we approach the critical decade on climate change, […]

Strongbuild’s prefab facility fails to find a successor

There might have been 70 parties kicking around to buy the Strongbuild prefab lightweight construction facility at Bella Vista in Sydney after it went into voluntary administration late last year.

Engineers headhunting for talent

Movements in sustainability engineering continue with Integral managing director Andrew Mather snapping up Rich Palmer from his old firm of WSP where Palmer was director sustainability and Mather previously was chief executive and MD Asia Pacific. 

The 9 characteristics for leadership in sustainability

Are design firms doing enough to deliver on the promise of sustainability? Is our industry losing its momentum in advancing state-of-the-art sustainable design?

Planners in red hot demand

MARKET PULSE: Demand for planners in Melbourne and Sydney is “red hot” at the moment with many consultancies finding it difficult to fill positions. John Wynne, national planning director of consultancy Urbis, said it’s an incredibly busy time for planners and so recruiting them is a challenge. “It’s fair to say that nationally the demand […]

Market Pulse: Arup growth, PLACESCORE launch, Solar Savers

Infrastructure and building growing in unison Arup’s infrastructure and building projects are growing rapidly in Australia, particularly in Sydney. NSW region leader Andrew Pettifer says business grew strongly last year and they anticipate growth continuing this year. “Roughly speaking our office went from 400 to 600 staff last year, which is a step change really, […]

First industry-wide EPD for timber registered

The sustainability case for timber in building will now be easier to quantify, with the Australian timber industry this week registering the first industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration as part of the new Australasian EPD Programme.