If you thought it was weird to feel a bit warm and fuzzy about one of our two big supermarket giants, Coles, saying nice things supporting the climate fight, and pointing out it expected its media partners to share the same values, you weren’t alone. The impetus for this was the stunning announcement early in […]
Like it or not, shopping centres are here to stay. Concrete monoliths offering consumerist delights, encased in a highly-controlled environment designed to keep us shopping for longer. What’s not to love?
As our cities adapt and change, so must our transport services. But how do we keep them moving at the same rate and in the same direction?
Leaky warehouses and energy-sucking factories might seem a big challenge to turn green. Not so, says the Dexus subsidiary that just took its workplace real estate portfolio carbon neutral, but a lot depends on the fund manger
A group of leading businesses and government networks are uniting to decarbonise the built environment ahead of November’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP26)
It’s going to take a lot of very smart tech, along with laser-accurate strategy, to get Australian energy companies through the next few years
An auditor-general report has called out NSW as the only Australian state or territory not to deliver a state-wide climate change adaptation action plan, despite massive impending risk to public services
EVENT PROMOTION: The Festival of Urbanism is now in its eighth year. Happening online as a series of events between 13-24 September, this year’s festival program involves more than 85 speakers across more than 21 panel discussions, podcasts, and film screenings. The festival theme of “endangered” urbanism recognises the profound threats facing cities and regions […]
When the National Construction Code comes up for updating it’s usually a time for furious debate – and opposition – from builders who say the for higher energy standards will be too expensive. But now the research is in: better quality building saves people big dollars
Every three years, the codes that ensure new buildings in Australia are safe, functional and efficient get a refresh
New DPIE secretary, timber firms farewells managing director, and more job news
Infrastructure Australia’s new roadmap includes a wide range of calls to action on sustainability, but without government action remains an exercise in “wouldn’t it be nice”.
Walker Corporation has swallowed the cost of going all-electric in its new Adelaide office building, but as always the Master Chefs are holding us back from turning the gas off for good
With climate disaster looming fast, Nigel Howard says it is time to get serious and require net zero for all new buildings.
Here’s a biting and evidenced based defence of boarding houses, and more than a bit of impatience with the prejudicial angst against them.
Andrew Forrest featured heavily in the broadsheet fourth estate this week, having pocketed some $2.4 billion in dividends on the back of an iron ore price boom, before calling on the government to set clearer emissions targets.
Facing the climate emergency, Australian governments should be doing more. But there’s also plenty we can do at home to reduce our energy use and move away from fossil fuels.
The Victorian state government plans for a transition to a circular economy includes a role for waste incineration as part of its waste to energy strategy. The state government’s own documents, however, do not outline risks such as over-investing in waste incineration. This article hopes to inform the best practice and policy on the path to build a circular economy in Victoria and beyond, and it explores the drawbacks and perverse incentives of waste incineration.
DPIE’s new planning portal has become a frustrating exercise in bureaucracy for many in the building and design industry.
Regional unrest and resource scarcity are just the beginning of our concerns under even modest climate change projections
Ethical funds are growing and funds managers are getting out of fossil fuels, at the very least. And yet we’ve got MPs such as George Christensen demanding that banks not penalise fossil fuel companies
This Blacktown resident says approval for a new boarding house in her suburb has seen the courts go over the heads of council and the community.
Making ecocide an international crime is an appropriate response to the gravity of this harm and could help prevent mass environmental destruction. But whether it does so will depend on how the crime is defined.
Following recent developments in Afghanistan, Stephen Dark asks why our better nature so often lets us down when we need it most.
Australia’s leaders have committed billions to infrastructure as part of economic recovery plans for COVID-19. However the task, and cost, of managing that infrastructure doesn’t end once it is built.
The spatial changes under way exacerbated by Covid are changing suburbs and regions – and maybe even countries – but the likely results will be more inequity.
In a trifecta of residential energy efficiency announcements this week, changes appear to be coming thick and fast.
Chief executive of Veolia Australia, Richard Kirkman brings fresh eyes and new strategies to Australia’s waste industry.
With Covid providing more reason than ever to ditch the city and move rural, the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) asked how regional centres can not only cope with, but make the most of the shift.
Are some governments starting to test the water for higher achieving mandatory targets on climate? There are some interesting moves afoot…