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Interim report from Opal Tower investigation released
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 16 Jan 2019

Interim report from Opal Tower investigation released

An interim report of an ongoing investigation into defects in the Opal Tower in Sydney has been published by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment.

There are lessons to be drawn from the cracks that appeared in Sydney's Opal Tower, but they extend beyond building certification
Discourse | Geoff Hanmer | 10 Jan 2019

There are lessons to be drawn from the cracks that appeared in Sydney’s Opal Tower

Building certification might be a contributing factor, but what went wrong at Opal Tower is is much more complex than that. Making certification a government responsibility again won’t solve it.

Earlier this year, Curtin University’s Greater Curtin Masterplan was the first project in Australia to receive a 5 Star Green Star Communities rating from the GBCA.
News | Sian Johnson | 6 Nov 2015

Millennial milestone for Green Star

The GBCA has certified 1000 Green Star projects since 2003, and says 4.5% of the workforce work in Green Star-rated offices.

An example of the effects of the leaky cladding.
News | Sian Johnson | 28 Aug 2015

NZ’s $100m leaky buildings class action

The UK’s largest litigation funders have backed a NZD$100m class action against a group of NZ cladding manufacturers over faulty cladding.

The National Construction Code may change to make fire sprinklers mandatory on all covered balconies in multi-storey buildings.
News | Sian Johnson | 6 Aug 2015

Balcony sprinklers may become mandatory

Building Minister’s Forum proposes mandatory balcony sprinklers in high rises as safety measure.

Draft building code "going backwards" on energy efficiency
News | Sian Johnson | 30 Jul 2015

Draft building code “going backwards”

Proposed changes to the national building code relax minimum standards for energy efficiency, which could have dire outcomes.

The Infinity cabling was recalled in August 2014 after it was found to have a poor quality plastic insulation layer that could pose a fire risk.
News | Sian Johnson | 21 Jul 2015

The Australian Institute of Architects tackles non-conforming products

The Institute has joined other peak industry bodies in contacting ministers ahead of a significant meeting on the issue.

The high-cost model set up for domestic building insurance after a 2010 state government intervention has led to $21 million of unnecessary costs for consumers.
News | Sian Johnson | 11 Jun 2015

Serious shortfalls in Vic construction

An audit into the state’s domestic construction industry has found a need for serious reform.

Post War Collective: Community library and social recuperation by Milinda Pathiraja and Ganga Ratnayake (Robust Architecture Workshop).
News | Linda Cheng | 22 Apr 2015

Uni Melb graduate pips Bjarke Ingels for US$100,000 global award

A University of Melbourne graduate has received the US$100,000 Silver Award at the 2015 Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction

2012 Global Gold Winner, a school with passive ventilation system in Burkina Faso, Africa by Berlin-based architect Diébédo Francis Kéré.
Award | 17 Mar 2014

Holcim Awards close next week

An international award for excellence in sustainable construction.

2012 Global Gold Winner, a school with passive ventilation system in Burkina Faso, Africa by Berlin-based architect Diébédo Francis Kéré.
Award | 5 Feb 2014

2014 Holcim Awards entries open

An international award for excellence in sustainable construction.

2012 Global Gold Winner, a school with passive ventilation system in Burkina Faso, Africa by Berlin-based architect Diébédo Francis Kéré.
Award | 5 Feb 2014

2014 Holcim Awards entries open

An international award for excellence in sustainable construction.

Clouds of Venice installation, Venice, 2012 by Supermanoeuvre.
Practice | John de Manincor | 30 Oct 2013

Material thinking

John de Manincor talks with David Pigram, Iain Maxwell and James Gardiner about material technology and use.

The PRESSS frame with dampers attached.
Practice | Clare Chapman | 3 May 2013

Seismic firsts

The first NZ application of PRESSS technology in steel construction comes with an advanced damping system.

The heliostat frame rises under dawn light at One Central Park, Sydney.
News | Peter Salhani | 8 Feb 2013

Towering ambition

Gardens in the sky are rising at Sydney’s Central Park, the city’s second largest urban renewal project.

CSIRO fire researcher with experimental grass fire.
Talk | 22 Jan 2013

Building for resilience

A call to action in response to the impacts of climate change.

CSIRO fire researcher with experimental grass fire.
Talk | 22 Jan 2013

Building for resilience

A call to action in response to the impacts of climate change.

CSIRO fire researcher with experimental grass fire.
Talk | 21 Jan 2013

Building for resilience

A call to action in response to the impacts of climate change.

CSIRO fire researcher with experimental grass fire.
Talk | 21 Jan 2013

Building for resilience

A call to action in response to the impacts of climate change.

CSIRO fire researcher with experimental grass fire.
Talk | 21 Jan 2013

Building for resilience

A call to action in response to the impacts of climate change.