The National Construction Code is a ready-made policy instrument to influence the energy efficiency of new buildings and major renovations. Improved building energy efficiency presents a win-win-win solution, reducing stress on the electricity network and supporting a least-cost pathway to decarbonisation while also delivering cost...
There is limited evidence to support the idea that making physical changes to classrooms boosts learning outcomes. The reason for this is schools are complex places.
The overwhelming majority of Australians say they care deeply about our built heritage, but recent battles over heritage listed Melbourne properties reveal that the protection and preservation of our buildings is fraught.
Here are ten, easy-to-follow principles of good design to use when buying or renting your next house or apartment.
This website offers seven professionally-styled looks, using plants, that are scientifically proven to improve your air quality and make you feel more relaxed, inspired and positive.
Research suggests that residential aged care facilities are not well regulated in terms of providing safe indoor temperatures, especially during hot summer months.
This resource provides detailed guidance on conservation and management at an important moment in the Sydney Opera House's 'Decade of Renewal.'
The Australian Institute of Building Surveyors (AIBS) has released a new policy, outlining the key components required to modernise and harmonise Australia’s building regulations.
This paper presents a review of the literature about the built environment as it impacts the health of older people. It introduces a framework for engaging older people as citizen scientists in order to empower them as agents of change in their local area.
This is a voluntary building standard to manage greenhouse gas emissions and to achieve carbon neutrality. It provides best-practice guidance on how to measure, reduce, offset, report and audit emissions that occur as a result of the operations of a building.
This interim report outlines the concerns that the non-compliant use of cladding is widespread and that there have been extensive delays in developing and implementing policies to address non-compliance and non-conformity in the building industry.
This guide contains a number of tips to assist Victorians who are considering renting or buying an apartment, particularly off-the-plan.
This note introduces readers to some of the current environmental analysis tools available within BuildingInformation Modelling (BIM) software packages. It highlights some of the fundamentals that underpin BIMand sustainability and then takes readers through some basic principles around when and why to undertakeenvironmental analysis and...
This report describes a pathway for tackling cement emissions, involving five strategies. It describes the role of governments and industry in supporting a rapid shift to a zero carbon cement industry.
This article examines whether, in spite of the costs of strengthening, there is significant progress being made on strengthening heritage buildings in Wellington New Zealand. The focus is on category 1 heritage buildings.
This policy establishes a baseline of what is expected to achieve good design, across all projects in NSW.
What are offices doing to our health? Are they providing a healthy environment in which to be spending such a large chunk of our lives? Are they conducive to human sustainability? This book aims to be a guide to better, healthier offices.
It's clean, abundant, and will outlast humanity — so why aren't more buildings tapping into the heat beneath our feet?