If the corporate world wants to play a meaningful role in solving our plastic pollution crisis it should stop blaming consumers and start accepting responsibility for its packaging.
The Fifth Estate last week moderated a panel on timber at an event at timber 25 King Street, Brisbane, the 10-storey timber office building. The event was organised by Bates Smart and Aurecon as part of the Brisbane Open House program. The following is a report based on interviews ahead of the event and on […]
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.
In July, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and the state’s minister for planning, Richard Wynne, trumpeted that $600 million would tackle Victoria’s high-rise cladding crisis. It was paraded as a safety solution for owners of affected buildings but the “fix” was a contemptible confidence trick.
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
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.
Prefab and light weight timber construction is an alternative we need to grow.
Government and industry to take joint responsibility and act together to restore trust in the building industry.
The market for environmentally sound building materials is changing. If you think bamboo can just be used to grow beans up in your garden, think again.
One bunch of owners of a building with defective cladding is shouldering the cost of façade replacement itself – to the tune of $300,000 – instead of chasing the builders or other parties. Is this what poor building quality has come to? Looks like it.
Materials cannot be separated from the specific building performance and context, and to do so is taking a simplistic view.
Maybe it’s more a quiet revolution, rather than a war, moving through the industry as the property titans take up the issue of waste.
A number of green concrete additives have been developed that reduce the amount of cement needed to make concrete, from plastics to iron slag and even carrots.
Transparent solar materials could harvest enough power to meet almost half of the US’s energy demand, according to new research in Nature Energy.
Glulam is making its way from buildings to bridges, becoming a cost-effective, viable and sustainable alternative to steel and concrete, according to research out of South Dakota State University in the US.
Ahead of our Visit Tomorrowland event in Sydney on 19 September, one of our speakers – Frasers Property Australia’s executive general manager, retail, Peri Macdonald – gives us the low-down on the cutting-edge Living Building Challenge retail centre.
Robotic shading and smart facade materials that breathe could cool buildings by up to 5°C and reduce the need for airconditioning by 25 per cent, according to the Spain’s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC).
Green solar panels that blend in with nature; red solar panels on a terracotta roof; white solar hidden on a wall. Researchers have discovered a way to turn typically black and blue solar panels a shade of green, and potentially any colour imaginable.
Data centres sharing waste heat with the next-door swimming pool, super efficient facades, renewables, storage, phase-change materials, solar cooling, natural ventilation and personalised comfort control. Welcome to the future of net zero HVAC as predicted by experts.
The NSW government has pledged to implement Australia’s “most comprehensive response” to non-conforming and non-compliant materials in the wake of the Grenfell fire.
Innovative materials and performance-based designs bring unknown risks in terms of fire and safety, according to WSP’s Wayne Bretherton.
Swiss researchers may have found a radical way to make concrete greener, lighter and easier to recycle – by manufacturing it from wood.
Sweeping audits of high-rise buildings, new taskforces and a new reporting hub for suspected non-conforming products are among initiatives announced in the past week as authorities race to stop a Grenfell Tower-like fire from happening here. Chair of the Building Ministers’ Forum and assistant minister for industry, innovation and science Craig Laundy this week announced […]
From Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory A team of researchers working at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) used X-rays to study samples of Roman concrete — from an ancient pier and breakwater sites — at microscopic scales to learn more about the makeup of their mineral cements. The […]
US researchers have developed a self-powered smart window that can cut building HVAC costs by up to 40 per cent by augmenting window tint.
When you get timber design right, working with different professions, it’s like beautiful music – says UK architect Andrew Waugh. But timber buildings are also like a tsunami – the UK has 500 already and his firm is “run off its feet” with demand. Designing with timber means learning to move away from a concrete and […]