Tag: Sustainability

Bondor, together with the University of Melbourne, Pipemakers Australia, and M Modular, will work to boost the local recycling of plastic waste.
Product | AAU Products | 5 Mar 2020

Bondor Metecno wins funding to boost plastic recycling in construction

Wall and ceiling panel manufacturer Bondor has received a Cooperative Research Centre Projects $2.7 million grant.

55 Southbank Boulevard by Bates Smart.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 26 Feb 2020

Tallest timber adaptive reuse building set to open

Bates Smart used CLT to create a 10 storey addition to an existing building that would have only supported an additional six storeys.

Aerial photograph of the Penrith CBD.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 12 Feb 2020

Study confirms that development contributes to urban heat

With 50-degree-plus summers on the horizon, could green and blue infrastructure help alleviate urban heat effects in highly developed areas?

Institute calls for donations for bushfire rebuilding effort
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 3 Feb 2020

Institute calls for donations for bushfire rebuilding effort

The Australian Institute of Architects has launched a donation drive for its rebuild-focused charitable campaign in response to the ongoing bushfire crisis.

Bushfire haze over Sydney.
Discourse | Linda Cheng | 23 Jan 2020

‘We have a responsibility’: architects make carbon neutral pledge

A new initiative has seen a number of Australian architecture practices commit to becoming carbon neutral businesses by the end of 2020.

Aerial photograph of Darwin’s CBD.

Ethical and scientifically sound architectural solutions to the climate crisis

Can architecture and construction science influence the regional and global climate crisis and provide credible, scientifically sound and ethical solutions?

Practice | Editorial Desk AAU | 13 Dec 2019

Australian firms pledge to reach net zero emissions by 2030

Two Melbourne practices have signed on to the Net Zero 2030 pledge, pointing to a global certification process as “a roadmap for change.”

Can we build big and still be carbon neutral and sustainable?
Discourse | David Ness | 25 Sep 2019

Can we build big and still be carbon neutral and sustainable?

The building and construction sector bears more responsibility for global emissions than any other sector. Can we lift our sights from green window dressing to make the strong and fundamental changes needed to deal with the climate crisis?

Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

Australia is still building 4 in every 5 new houses to no more than the minimum energy standard

New analysis finds that four in five new houses are being built to the minimum standard and a negligible proportion to an optimal performance standard.

Melbourne’s Southbank.
Discourse | Deo Prasad | 20 Sep 2019

We have the blueprint for liveable, low-carbon cities. We just need to use it

How do we build future cities that are sustainable, liveable and affordable in the age of the climate crisis?

Italian design practice Formafantasma was commissioned by the NGV in 2017 to conduct a new body of research that investigated the impacts of the global trade in rare earth materials for consumer electronic products.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 19 Sep 2019

$20k design challenge for e-waste

Urgent, real-world problems need creative ideas. The NGV and Creative Victoria has set designers a challenge.

Nightingale 2.0 by Six Degrees Architects and Hip V. Hype.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 10 Sep 2019

Second apartment development joins Nightingale family

Designed by Six Degrees Architects, this Fairfield apartment building is the second in a long line of sustainable, architect-led housing developments.

Kampung Admiralty by WOHA, the 2018 WAF Building of the Year. WOHA's co-founder Richard Hassell is on the Asia Pacific jury.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 9 Sep 2019

Panel of sustainability experts to judge $2m sustainable architecture competition

Billed as “the word’s most significant” competition of its kind, the Lafarge Holcim Awards, will accept entries until February 2020.

The Fern by Steele Associates.
News | Patrick Hunn | 6 Sep 2019

Australia’s first Passivhaus apartment block a ‘sign of what’s possible’

The architect behind a block of highly airtight apartments in Sydney’s Redfern says the Passivhaus building principles might seem onerous, but are “worth taking seriously.”

The Sydney Opera House has been awarded a 5-star Green Star performance rating.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 5 Jun 2019

Green plaudits for Sydney Opera House

To coincide with the United Nations’ World Environment Day, the Sydney Opera House has announced a number of sustainability achievements.

UN Secretariat building by Oscar Niemeyer, Le Corbusier, Wallace Harrison, and others.
Discourse | Henrik Schoenefeldt | 21 May 2019

Glass skyscrapers: an avoidable environmental folly

Henrik Schoenefeldt argues that if architects “had paid more attention to the difficulties of building with glass, the great environmental damage wrought by modern glass skyscrapers could have been avoided.”

Energy rating tools are not enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by buildings, experts say.
Discourse | Igor Martek and M. Reza Hosseini | 17 Jan 2019

Buildings produce 25% of Australia’s emissions. What will it take to make them ‘green’ – and who’ll pay?

With 25% of greenhouse gas emissions produced by the construction, operation and maintenance of buildings, what must be done to generate a working strategy to improve Australia’s chances of keeping the carbon-neutral promise by 2050?

Satellite view of Melbourne.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 3 Oct 2018

Vic gov’t launches zero net carbon home design pilot program

The Victorian Government has named the companies that will develop a series of energy-efficient homes in Melbourne’s outer suburbs.

Sydney Park Water Re-Use Project by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership with Alluvium, Turpin and Crawford Studio and Dragonfly Environmental.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 16 Mar 2018

Australian project wins Europe’s oldest built environment award

A park rehabilitation and storm water re-use project in Sydney by Turf Design Studio and Environmental Partnership has won one of the top awards at the UK Civic Trust Awards.

Indicative design of the Burwood Bricks rooftop farm and restaurant.
News | Editorial Desk AAU | 16 Feb 2018

“World’s most sustainable” shopping centre to feature 2,000-square-metre rooftop farm

Sustainable designer Joost Bakker says an urban farm atop a new shopping centre in suburban Melbourne will “truly support a sustainable world.”

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