• Melbourne invention converts toxic soil into bricks


    Melbourne invention converts toxic soil into bricks

    A Melbourne-based company — Pure New World — has managed to turn toxic soil and plastics into bricks, which can then be used as construction materials and even serve as a potential replacement for concrete.... more

  • Green roofs can cool cities and save energy


    Green roofs can cool cities and save energy

    New research from UNSW Sydney shows greenery coverage on rooftops can help cool down a major city while reducing energy demand. Extensive greenery coverage on building rooftops could significantly reduce tem... more


    MPA NSW issues warning about unsafe heat pumps

    The Master Plumbers Association (MPA) of New South Wales has issued a statement urging quick action to rectify the allocation of government grants for heat pumps. The New South Wales state government and the... more

  • CCA and GCCA agree on low carbon future


    Cement industry partnership to speed up low carbon goal

    A historic agreement to hasten the global cement industry's decarbonisation has been signed by two major bodies of the industry. China Cement Association (CCA), which represents more than 50 per cent of the ... more

  • Melbourne invention converts toxic soil into bricks
  • Green roofs can cool cities and save energy
  • MPA NSW issues warning about unsafe heat pumps
  • Cement industry partnership to speed up low carbon goal
Queensland only state to miss out on federal funding over east

Queensland misses out on funding to improve energy efficiency

New analysis shows Queensland is the only eastern Australian state that has yet to receive federal funding to improve the energy efficiency of social housing, prompting calls from researchers and community groups for immediate action. So far the Federal Government has partnered with Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania and the ACT to fund schemes under the Household Energy Upgrades Fund that will increase the energy efficiency of social housing and help tenants access rooftop solar to reduce their electricity bills. Griffith University Professor Susan Harris Rimmer said: “Many Queensland tenants are living in unhealthy energy inefficient homes that get unbearably…
Study reveals construction materials capable of cooling one of the world’s hottest cities

Study finds construction materials can cool one of the world’s hottest cities

A new study by UNSW Sydney reveals that it is possible to significantly reduce the temperatures of a major city in a hot desert climate — while lowering energy costs. Researchers discovered that a combination of cooling construction materials, technologies and techniques could reduce the temperature and energy needs of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The findings recently published in Nature Cities, detail a multi-faceted strategy to cool Saudi Arabia’s capital city by up to 4.5 degrees Celsius combining highly reflective ‘super cool’ building materials developed by the High-Performance Architecture Lab with irrigated greenery and energy retrofitting measures. Conducted in collaboration with the…

Sustainability a major growth opportunity in construction sector

A recent study has highlighted the top growth opportunities for the building construction market in 2024, with solutions driving a sustainable future one of the biggest markets necessitating progression. A major theme of the report by ResearchAndMarkets is the focus the construction sector is placing on improving sustainability performance, which includes green buildings, buildings with a low carbon footprint, and green construction practices. Sustainability will become part of market participants' business resilience and key performance indicators (KPIs). Therefore, market participants will need to invest in technologies, including digital applications, to support sustainable construction processes and partner with relevant industry leaders…
Grants totalling $175 mil to reduce energy bills and emissions in NSW

Grants totalling $175 million to reduce emissions in NSW

According to Rewiring Australia, a recently announced household electrification program will reduce energy bills for low-income households in New South Wales while tackling the climate crisis. More than 24,000 social housing tenants will receive grants for upgrades including solar PV, hot water systems, ceiling fans, reverse-cycle air conditioners, insulation and draught proofing. The grants worth a total of $175 million over four years will be jointly funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments. Rewiring Australia Executive Director Dan Cass has expressed that Rewiring Australia was delighted that Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Premier Chris Minns had taken up their policy…
Updated energy and liveable requirements for new ACT buildings

Updated energy and liveable requirements for new ACT buildings

New requirements for the building and construction industry to improve the energy efficiency and accessibility of new ACT buildings will come into effect on 15 January 2024. The updated National Construction Code in the ACT was initially supposed to be implemented in October 2023. However, the date had to be pushed back due to the late delivery of the software to measure energy ratings under the new House Energy Rating Scheme from the Commonwealth government. ACT Minister for Sustainable Building and Construction Rebecca Vassarotti said: “The additional time will give the building and construction industry a greater opportunity to become…
Why 2024 Is the Year of Green Commercial Construction

Why 2024 is the year of green commercial construction

In the ever-evolving world of commercial construction, sustainability has emerged as a defining force, reshaping the way we build our cities and communities. As we look ahead to the near future, it's evident that 2024 is poised to be a transformative year for green commercial construction. In this article, DG Jones & Partners ME Limited explores the dynamic landscape of green commercial construction, unraveling the reasons behind its growing prominence and why 2024 stands out as a pivotal moment in this eco-conscious revolution. The growing emphasis on sustainability in construction The construction industry, traditionally associated with robust structures of concrete…
Energised climate calls for changes in Australia’s infrastructure assumptions

Better planning needed to improve infrastructure resilience

For several decades, the scientific community has sounded the alarm about the potential impacts of climate change. However, despite the warnings, the repercussions are becoming evident in the damage inflicted on societies and critical infrastructure. Energy transition experts at Partners in Performance stated that the current challenge lies in the reliance on outdated assumptions in the design and building of infrastructure. To address this, a paradigm shift is needed in the way essential systems are planned and fortified against the unpredictable challenges posed by increasingly volatile and extreme weather events. The urgency of this shift becomes apparent when considering the…