• coal ash reuse


    AGL and Nu-Rock sign MoU to investigate feasibility of repurposing coal ash

    AGL Energy has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with waste site remediation company Nu-Rock Building Products to investigate the feasibility of utilising their waste recycling technology to convert co... more

  • supercooling


    Innovative supercooling building materials help moderate temperature

    A team from UNSW Sydney has developed new intelligent supercooling building materials that can help keep the temperature in check throughout the seasons. The innovative design adjusts the optical properties use... more


    New government incentive for low carbon timber

    The Federal government has announced increased support for the use of low-carbon timber for the building and construction sector, supporting jobs and economic activity while reducing greenhouse emissions. M... more

  • Building


    Building sustainability initiatives gather pace in Australia

    A new research report has found more than half (53%) of architecture, engineering, construction, design and manufacturing (AEC and D&M) companies surveyed indicated sustainability was an important part or c... more

  • AGL and Nu-Rock sign MoU to investigate feasibility of repurposing coal ash
  • Innovative supercooling building materials help moderate temperature
  • New government incentive for low carbon timber
  • Building sustainability initiatives gather pace in Australia
Urban Sequoia

Urban Sequoia concept allows buildings to absorb carbon

What if the built environment could be a solution to the climate crisis, rather than part of the problem? What if buildings could act like trees – capturing carbon, purifying the air, and regenerating the environment? Taking inspiration from natural processes and ecosystems, Urban Sequoia envisions ‘forests’ of buildings that sequester carbon and produce biomaterials to create a new carbon economy and a resilient urban environment. At COP26, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) unveiled Urban Sequoia – a concept for buildings and their urban context to absorb carbon at an unprecedented rate. SOM has developed the first step toward achieving…
emissions reduction

Melbourne CBD could be close to self-sustaining through fully integrated solar

Net zero within reach for major Australian city through comprehensive adoption of photovoltaics in built environment. New modelling, on a scale ranging from individual structures through to neighbourhoods and an entire city, has shown that buildings in the City of Melbourne could provide 74% of their own electricity needs if solar technology is fully integrated into roofs, walls and windows. Published in the journal Solar Energy, the research was led by members of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science based at Monash University, together with collaborators at the University of Lisbon. It is the first of its kind…

Shopping centre achieves five-star NABERS Energy Rating

Coorparoo Square in Brisbane is officially one of Australia’s best performing shopping centres when it comes to energy efficiency, having achieved a five-star NABERS Energy rating. The centre was developed by Frasers Property Australia and Honeycombes Property Group and is designed to maximise natural ventilation to create a more comfortable environment for shoppers and eliminate the need for air-conditioning in common areas. The 6,870-square-metre shopping complex participated in the initial pilot for the NABERS Small Shopping Centres tool, becoming one of the first centres under 15,000 square metres to be rated and certified using the tool. Coorparoo Square’s efficient ventilation…

Populous designs first ever net zero carbon arena

The Populous designed Climate Pledge Arena has opened its doors in Seattle, set to be the first ever net zero carbon arena in the world that relies solely on renewable energy sources to power the facility. Engaged as architect by Oak View Group and the City of Seattle, Populous was tasked to design the arena with three goals: to create the most sustainable arena in the world, to responsibly revitalise a historic landmark, and to cultivate the ultimate fan experience. Populous senior principal and architect Chris Paterson, based in the Asia Pacific headquarters in Brisbane, said the sustainable principles at…

Property industry to play critical role in the race to net zero

The Property Council of Australia has announced the important role the property industry will play in achieving net zero. Property Council’s NSW Director Luke Achterstraat said as New South Wales invests $4.8 million in speeding up the transformation of the State’s built environment towards net zero emissions, buildings play a major role in providing some of the least cost abatement opportunities in the economy. “Upgrading the energy efficiency of Australia’s commercial buildings would not only stimulate economic activity through inputs of local labour, it would also deliver an estimated $12 billion in energy savings between 2016 and 2030. “Since efficient…
Corporate climate activity

Global cement and concrete industry roadmap plans net zero emissions by 2050

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has published a roadmap which details the path the industry will follow to fully decarbonise by 2050, a target aligned with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The shift to greener concrete will be accelerated by the roadmap, which pledges to cut carbon dioxide emissions a further 25 per cent by 2030. Roadmap actions between now and 2030 will prevent almost five billion tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere, equivalent to the emissions of almost 15 billion passenger flights from Paris to New York. GCCA chief executive…

Global building leaders call for faster net-zero emissions transition ahead of COP26

The Australian Institute of Architects is joining more than two dozen global built environment peak bodies and over 60 of the largest and most influential building industry firms around the world to challenge government leaders in the lead up to COP26. Collectively these organisations represent more than one million building industry professionals worldwide and are responsible for over US$300 billion in global annual construction. In a special Communiqué they call for a faster transition to net-zero emissions. Signatories to the Communiqué demonstrate their commitment to meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5oC carbon budget and demand that governments do the same. Spearheaded by US-based non-profit…