Energy disconnections were suspended during Covid – but now they’re back. So if you’re a lone parent and they find your fridge is off, you could lose custody of your child. Right now there is very little discussion about this equity issue in our clean energy climate transition. This conversation is going to be uncomfortable. […]
Throughout 2020-2021, almost in concert, governments worldwide issued three decrees of separation designed to counter the spread of the insidious COVID-19. The First Decree of Separation was “stay-at-home” or “shelter-in-place”—a kind of home detention without the ankle bracelet. Sure, you could venture outdoors but only for essential purposes, for food or exercise and only briefly. Mask wearing […]
Professor Peter Phibbs got a rousing retirement send off from his gig as director of the Henry Halloran Trust on Wednesday but he didn’t leave without a few piercing observations on housing and planning.
The collective experiences of workers pre and post-pandemic offer five lessons for organisations to reimagine workplaces and practices
Summers in Australia are getting hotter. Does evaporative cooling remain a viable option for cooling Australian homes, or is modern refrigerative cooling the way to go? Spoiler alert: fans of evaporative cooling may not like this article. If you have “evap” cooling in your home – and love it – that’s great, enjoy it! Some people praise the […]
Teaching critical thinking is a foremost goal of education. We need this for understanding ourselves, others, and the unprecedented challenges that lie before us, like climate change. So, how is our education system performing under the close watch of our political leaders? A critical look reveals a lot to criticise Alan Tudge, of course, is […]
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.
Market pulse and jobs chatter: ENGIE, Angie Abdilla, Ken Lunty, City of Kingston and what Rheem is up to.
There are a number of areas governments can invest in to prioritise wellbeing. One of them is the environment.
Move over Kevin McLeod, there’s a hot new home design reality TV show on the block.
Here’s a biting and evidenced based defence of boarding houses, and more than a bit of impatience with the prejudicial angst against them.
A note from the editor – Posted this week is a piece of fiction, called Don’t Follow the Leader, crafted by our UK writer David Thorpe. David’s been filing for us from the other side of the planet since just before our big event on green finance in London in 2015. See the ebook here. […]
It may seem a given that access to green spaces during lockdown delivers tangible well-being benefits for all, but closer study suggests the correlation is not so cut and dry.
A weekly wrap of jobs and market chatter, including new appointments and our pick of the wanted ads.
The All-electric Australian home is now a thing, but the gas industry doesn’t want it to become too popular. They’ve raised concerns including that excessive electrification will crash the electricity grid on a cold winter night. Are they right?
The ABC this week (12 October 2021) broadcast a doco on the Gatwick hotel. Here is Rachel Iampolski’s own version of what happened at the Gatty after the Block did a makeover, published in early August.
While social value is central to what many in the building industry are trying to achieve, measuring such value can be difficult to the point of being overlooked. Now, both here and overseas, efforts are being made to make social value more tangible and bring focus back to this crucial goal
JOBS CHATTER: One of Australia’s most sustainably-minded architects, Ken McBryde has joined major American firm Gensler, with an eye to maximising his positive effect on the planet. McBryde will act as a design director, guiding Gensler’s local operations down an ambitiously sustainable path – when he’s not pursuing his other passion for racing old motorcycles […]
In the UK, a competition is shaping up between different ways to reduce carbon emissions from buildings. In one corner of the ring is the techno-fix of air source heat pumps and in the other, eco-retrofitting with insulation and draughtproofing
The recent catastrophic failure of the apartment tower in Miami causes one to pause and reflect on their siting and utility. My first thought took me back to the Salvation Army days of my childhood. Build upon the rock not on the sand, we sang. I much later discovered that this had echoes in the […]
INTERVIEW: From his all-electric home in the hills overlooking Hobart, James Allston is at the forefront of the global energy transition
When complete, Witchcliffe Ecovillage in WA will serve as home to around 700 people and be a model of sustainability for communities worldwide.
The world must restore at least one billion degraded hectares of land in the next decade – an area about the size of China – or face disaster.
In the effort to provide housing, how dense do we go in the sought-after inner suburbs?
A NSW Productivity Commission report has identified 60 reforms across a range of areas intended to boost productivity and prosperity across the state.
Nightingale rocked the development world when it got going, with its radical affordable/sustainable model of housing. Now it’s been rocked by one of its own and there’s legal storm clouds threatening.
Over time the risks that climate change poses to health have not reduced, but increased, and we need new conversations to connect the environmental risks of climate to health and the social determinants of health.
Chris De Silva has been named the Planning Institute of Australia’s 2021 Planner of the Year.
A proposed riverside apartment dwelling in Brisbane’s Highgate Hill will embrace biophilic design to blend the building’s exterior with a neighbouring community garden, in the hope of garnering council and community approval.
Printed homes are all over the place – like mushrooms, appearing almost overnight.