Feeling disenfranchised with politics? Fed up with politicians desperate for positive press? Tired of seeing the most important issues left off the national agenda? You are not alone. And unfortunately this slow eroding of political process in our country bodes poorly for more united and effective action on climate change. Australians’ faith in democracy has […]
GBCA’s new Green Star Homes standard and update to Green Star Buildings is a big step forward in addressing building airtightness, one of the juiciest low-hanging fruits on the building performance tree. It is cheap to implement compared to other energy savings investments, it improves comfort, and it reduces interstitial condensation risk.
Inevitably, the pressure in the policy pot builds up. A government of the day, often with limited “corporate memory” of what has come before it, decides the best way to let off some steam is to “do a strategy”.
Head of NSW’s largest community housing provider says now is the time to act on social housing, and governments shouldn’t go it alone.
A lot of people, we’re told, are “going bush”. They’re moving to the regions or other cities to avoid the impact of the pandemic. But what will the new place be like as climate change progresses? And is it any better or worse than where they’ve moved from? This extensive report brings the climate story right to our front doorsteps.
As preparations start for yet another so called “freedom rally” to oppose lock down we wonder if Covid is the only thing driving the protesters. Nope… as you might have suspected there are other tensions and influences afoot and after Covid they could well turn their sights to anti climate action.
Market pulse and jobs chatter: ENGIE, Angie Abdilla, Ken Lunty, City of Kingston and what Rheem is up to.
The changing urban landscape of Western Australia has played into a broad range of developments being recognised at the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) WA awards.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT: If you want to build a house or building in certain Victorian locations, you will soon be obliged to meet mandatory net zero targets, thanks to the dedicated work of an alliance of councils in the state.
UK-based biotech company, Mykor, creates a carbon-negative and entirely compostable, foam-like material that can be used by the construction industry for things like thermal and acoustic insulation.
There are a number of areas governments can invest in to prioritise wellbeing. One of them is the environment.
Not since Ebenezer Howard mobilised the Garden City movement some 120 years ago has there been a more exciting time to be a town planner.
Move over Kevin McLeod, there’s a hot new home design reality TV show on the block.
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
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.