Australia

Engineering reloved buildings: the inside story

Building Codes and safety standards have come a long way in the past century but that’s no reason to write-off an existing building as too hard to bring up to contemporary standards, according to Umow Lai director, Ken Loh.

Sam Marshall and Jean Rice on how to re-love a building

Adapting and re-using a building is all about respecting what’s there and leaving space for the next person to do what they want to do, according to Sam Marshall of Architect Marshall.

Tech ventures heading to market

BUSINESS BRIEFS: Cannabis jobs at Lismore, Place Design Group expands, and biological farming company Terragen Biotech prepares to list on the Australian Stock Exchange.

Apartments: how to get help for your strata committee

Tonja Gibson, founding director of Strata Answers and board member of Green Strata, is on a mission to bring modern, green solutions to strata buildings – and not just in “woke” and affluent inner city communities but for the small, forgotten blocks in outer ring suburbs.

Sustainable Australia Fund team

Sustainable Australia Fund launches next generation environmental upgrade loans

Loans for environmental upgrades have come a long way in the past 10 years. Owners can now enjoy one of three tailored products, including the Capital Fund, which becomes part of a developer’s capital stack, reduces cost and provides a greater return on equity.

Re-loved warehouses: creative, cool and in demand

Warehouse conversions for apartments have been popular for decades but the rising appetite for co-working and shared office space is seeing a new wave of conversions.

Winston Churchill

On green tape or whatever it takes – bring it on

News from the front desk 459: While koalas burn alive in the Port Macquarie bushfires that are sending smoke as far as Sydney, farms and farmers are dying, rivers are running dry, and topsoil is blowing away, the federal government looks to be preparing to further eviscerate sustainability policy.

Tomorrowland19 Dr Virginia Marshall, Angie Abdilla, Clarence Slockee and Tina Perinotto

Tomorrowland19 I, human: the highlights

The panel of Indigenous knowledge experts set the scene and energy level for the day. Dr Virginia Marshall from Australian National University confirmed what The Fifth Estate has suspected for a while – that there’s booming interest in Indigenous knowledge.

CEFC gets $1 billion for grid stability… gas included?

The Morrison government has sunk an extra $1 billion into a new fund for “grid reliability” to be managed by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) but an energy expert has warned that the necessary legislative updates will allow the green bank to finance gas projects.