Blockchain could unlock desperately needed modernisation in Australia’s construction industry, according to Professor Srinath Perera from Western Sydney University’s Centre for Smart Modern Construction.
Technology is allowing great advances in design, construction and building management techniques. Here we explore digital twins and BIM through interviews with leaders from Willow and Autodesk.
The VR technology means clients can make rapid updates to plans or trial a variety of plans in quick succession, leading to better building outcomes without incurring the costs usually associated with these sorts of updates.
I don’t know about you, but after working in sustainability for 12 years, I have never been more hopeful nor more terrified of what the future could bring.
TECHNOLOGY: Simon Carter’s company Morphosis and other supporting organisations last week launched the Sustainable Digitalisation Project – a collaboration making digitalisation in real estate and cities responsible, ethical and sustainable.
Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Daniella Traino is a data and cyber security expert with “a view to creating a future I actually want to live in.”
Urban wheelchair tracking technology, Transport for NSW’s Opal card system and a customisable strata app were among the winners this year’s Smart City Awards.
Brief: Hazer Group Ltd has received $9.41 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency towards building a facility to demonstrate a proprietary technology that converts waste bio-methane into resources such as hydrogen and graphite.
There’s no doubt that commercial buildings of the future will be smarter, more efficient and better integrated into the surrounding built environment. But how is the industry making the digital leap?
When it comes to drone adoption, Australia’s construction sector is lagging behind other countries.
There’s never been a better time to talk renewables, and the technology around will only speed things up manifold.
Food that’s grown in the air instead of soil could soon appear on plates in Britain and other parts of the world. A new investment deal worth $1.8 million to build indoor farms uses technologies developed by a company called LettUs Grow, a Bristol, UK-based startup that designs irrigation and control technology for vertical farms. […]
Coworking has the potential to be much more than selling workstations and an online collaboration platform.
The Fifth Estate’s UK correspondent and prolific writer David Thorpe has a new book in the works, which is soon to be released. The following is an extract from his chapter about the role of sustainability in the smart cities revolution.
More investments in existing energy efficiency technologies, coupled with stronger policy measures, would boost progress toward the goals of the Paris climate deal, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said this week.
The interplay between sustainability and smart-home technology looks like it’s starting to sell homes.
Amazon is making a play for the prefabricated construction and smart home markets, investing in a California startup that makes prefab homes.
Understanding where driverless cars are taking us – in terms of physical safety, governance models and unintended consequences – is still in its infancy. In this article David Wilson, a planning professional part-way through a PhD doctoral thesis on the topic, provides a helicopter view of what’s coming.
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.
Exclusive: Plans have been revealed for an off-grid high rise project on Sydney’s north shore that will be powered entirely by human waste and use design inspired by the wings of an owl to reduce wind load.
Ecologic Apps, an energy efficiency tech firm planning to “uberise” the building energy services sector and make rating building performance a simple proposition, has been announced as one of five new start-ups to join the EnergyLab clean energy accelerator program.
This excerpt from The Fifth Estate’s Healthy Offices ebook shows that when attempting to gauge whether an office is a truly healthy space, both qualitative and quantitative data are equally important.
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.
Charter Hall has become one of the early adopters of a new app, Comfy, which allows users to personalise workspace heating and cooling.
From the Lead: The University of Adelaide is offering the five-day course leading to the award of a CASA-certified Remote Pilot Licence (RePL). Under Australian Civil Aviation Safety Regulations, the operation of drones over 2kg for commercial purposes needs certification. The intensive course is run on University of Adelaide campuses by a team of CASA-certified drone operators and trainers from […]
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.
From Rice University A federally funded research effort to revolutionize water treatment has yielded an off-grid technology that uses energy from sunlight alone to turn salt water into fresh drinking water. The desalination system, which uses a combination of membrane distillation technology and light-harvesting nanophotonics, is the first major innovation from the Center for Nanotechnology […]
The wings of a butterfly were the inspiration behind a new discovery from ANU that could lead to more efficient solar cells, smart windows and even stealth technology. The tiny nanostructures developed by the ANU team are based upon the wings of the Morpho Didius butterfly, which has cone-shaped structures that scatter light to create […]
Low-cost smart windows that can selectively block out light and heat are on the horizon for Australia, thanks to a new research project underway at Queensland’s Griffith University. Professor Huijun Zhao, director of Griffith’s Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, has been awarded more than $500,000 to develop smart windows through the Australian Research Council […]