Posted inRating tools

STAR – a new toolkit to repurpose underused space

A new strategy and toolkit is being developed to make good use of under-occupied buildings through low-level intervention. It is an alternative option to mothballing and demolition.  Living and working with COVID  Prior to COVID, office workers did the nine to five, bookended with a commute. Retail and health services, arts and cultural event were […]

Posted inOpinion

Christmas wish

We wanted to remind our readers we have no subsidies from government coffers, nothing from the largesse of wealthy patrons, no claim to charity status; no secret support from any organisations in this patch. We exist solely from whatever income comes our way through normal advertising channels or sponsorship. So we wanted to make a call to you our readers in businesses and other organisations to place us high up in your advertising and sponsorship campaigns. Even inexpensive job ads add up. Remember, we are well read by the people who can change the world.

Posted inEbooks

WELL and healthier buildings, the ebook: “The rise of buildings and places that help me thrive”

We’re excited to publish today our latest ebook, The rise of buildings and places that help me thrive – How the WELL Building Standard sparked a movement. It’s published in collaboration with the International WELL Building Institute. When we first wrote about WELL – and we claim we were the first in Australia to do […]

Posted inMaterials

Towards green steel

The iron and steel industry contributes between 7-9 per cent of global greenhouse emissions. The challenge for the sector is to reduce emissions. In a recent event Spotlight on Steel, the Materials and Embodied Carbon Leaders’ Alliance (MECLA) examined the range of issues involved in decarbonising the steel industry. There are big issues to tackle. […]

Posted inEnergy

Imagine if the solar storage battery in your house was made from household waste, instead of lithium

One of the downsides of the massive batteries we are using in our cars, appliances and household power storage is that they are made from Lithium, which has a problematic supply chain. Imagine if we could replace the lithium with a compound that has up to 10 times more power density, the potential to deliver energy almost instantly – useful in high-draw environments like electric vehicles – and can be manufactured from recycled plastics and bio waste.