This report confirms that a number of structural design and construction issues, including non-compliance with national codes and standards were responsible for the observed damage at Opal Tower in Sydney.
The letter was drafted to gain support AB 2681 on seismic safety for potentially vulnerable buildings from U.S. Green building in California. An example of how building standards could influence public policy/by-law/codes.
Stated in the letter, the bill would go far to more comprehensively...
Level(s) provides a unique opportunity for the building sector to focus on the potential of buildings in addressing global challenges. By linking the building’s individual performance to key global and regional priorities, it is assured that buildings designed using the Level(s) framework are realising their...
The Christchurch earthquakes provided a few more important lessons for policy. The government must plan ahead to make post-disaster recovery simpler and it must avoid creating the prolonged policy and regulatory uncertainty that hindered Christchurch’s recovery.
As first reported in the 2017 Global Wellness Economy Monitor, Wellness Lifestyle Real Estate represents approximately USD $119B of the USD $3.7T global wellness economy. This rapidly growing sector has historically included residential, hospitality, and mixed-use real-estate developments with wellness-related facilities and services incorporated into...
There are calls for changes to the nation's building code to ensure homes are heat stress resistant in summer.
A study has found new 'energy efficient' homes can actually be less resistant to heat than older double-brick homes.
As a result, Australian's are...
In Australia, heatwaves are the deadliest natural hazard and a major driver of peak electricity demand. The disproportionately high peak demand increases electricity prices, causes occasional blackouts and exacerbates energy poverty, all of which limit one’s ability to use air conditioning. Meanwhile, increased energy efficiency...
This investigation has found combustible cladding is widely used on buildings throughout Victoria. This report sets out interim recommendations to ensure Victorians are safe in their homes, their property is protected and buildings comply with the law.
Level(s) is a voluntary reporting framework to assess the sustainability of buildings. Using existing standards, Level(s) provides a common EU approach to the assessment of environmental performance in the built environment. On the 4th of December 2017, 80 pioneering organisations committed to test Level(s) joined...
Creating Healthy Places offers guidelines and strategies as to how the proposed Metro Tunnel Rail Stations may enliven the health of Melbourne’s residents and commuters.
This study of green-building certification systems found that achievement of specific indoor environmental quality rating did substantively increase occupant satisfaction.
Political jurisdictions in the United States have begun to develop plans that address green buildings, a topic on which the Netherlands has extensive experience. This article analyzes the literature on Dutch green buildings to look for lessons that might be relevant for the development of...
This is a presentation for U.S. Department of Energy 2017 National energy codes conference July 18—20, 2017 Pittsburgh, PA. USA.
The slides presented a case study about the impact of carbon policy changes in NYC on the existing buildings and energy code in NYC....
The website offers green-building standards, codes, certification systems and tools to assist professionals to achieve LEED certification.
In US, Green building codes are established by law as mandatory building requirements adopted by a state or local jurisdiction. Adopted codes are often based on established...
USGBC local communities around the country are helping cities jumpstart their building performance benchmarking efforts. And the results are pretty exciting. After four years of benchmarking in New York City, buildings there are using almost 15 percent less energy according to MIT professor David Hsu,...
This paper quantifies the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions co-benefits associated with water, waste and transportation usage in certified green commercial office buildings in California. The study compares the measured values of water, waste and transportation usage self-reported by office buildings certified under the Leadership in...
Most large developing countries have a building energy code or other building efficiency policies. However, testing and rating systems to assess the energy performance of building materials often lag behind these codes and policies. Building materials play a key role in setting the energy footprint...
Creating sustainable cities requires rethinking the built environment, a fundamental component of mitigating the environmental impacts of buildings. To evaluate this, stakeholders in Australia increasingly rely on third party verification via green building rating schemes. These rating schemes address and encourage a variety of green...
A free decision-support tool for maximising the benefits of Building Information Modelling (BIM) across the life-cycle of built assets