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    Sounding off: the ongoing neglect of acoustic comfort
    Sounding off: the ongoing neglect of acoustic comfort

    Urban dwellers might be reaping the benefits of apartment living in a booming property market, but if acoustics aren’t properly chosen, the resulting noise pollution can tarnish the quality of life.


    New handbook details 50 best-practice measures to achieve net-zero buildings
    New handbook details 50 best-practice measures to achieve net-zero buildings

    With our built environment being one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions, there has been an increasing focus on making our existing and new buildings more energy-efficient and, ultimately, net-zero carbon.


    Stealth density in suburbia: Step House a sustainable first home for Gen Y Australians
    Stealth density in suburbia: Step House a sustainable first home for Gen Y Australians

    The Gen Y House is out to prove that medium density can be achieved in a single home lot.


    Get in on the ground floor: how apartments can join the solar boom
    Get in on the ground floor: how apartments can join the solar boom

    While there are now more solar panels in Australia than people, the many Australians who live in apartments have largely been locked out of this solar revolution by a minefield of red tape and potentially uninformed strata committees.


    Why should the state wriggle out of providing public housing?
    Why should the state wriggle out of providing public housing?

    The Victorian government’s 2017 housing policy contains a bulk transfer of public housing to housing associations. Housing Minister Martin Foley’s explanation is that “the state is a terrible housing manager”.


    National register of fire-rated building materials urgently needed says FSA boss
    National register of fire-rated building materials urgently needed says FSA boss

    Following the tragic Grenfell Towers fire in the UK, the CEO of the Fire Safety Australia, Scott Williams, is urging the federal government to consider setting up a national register of fire-rated building materials to help prevent a similar situation happening here.


    Goodbye to the Gatwick, and to so much of the old St Kilda
    Goodbye to the Gatwick, and to so much of the old St Kilda

    The closure of the Gatwick Hotel in St Kilda represents a new front in the ongoing gentrification debate in inner Melbourne. It highlights inconvenient truths about cultural appropriation, heritage as a driver of urban renewal, and the marginalisation of the city’s most vulnerable residents.


    Three tips for sustainable residential alterations and additions
    Three tips for sustainable residential alterations and additions

    As conversions of existing homes to be fit for purpose, alterations and addition are, by definition, a measure of environmentally-sustainable design. However, architects working on A&As are not exempt from the same sustainability challenges faced with new builds.


    Will the union challenge to Turnbull’s building code prove another headache for government?
    Will the union challenge to Turnbull’s building code prove another headache for government?

    The Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union has thrown down the gauntlet to the Turnbull government’s Australian Building and Construction Commission after a ruling by the ABCC Commissioner that SA Power Networks employees are to be covered by the code.


    Griffith University’s low-cost smart windows automatically trap heat and light
    Griffith University’s low-cost smart windows automatically trap heat and light

    Although the concept of ‘smart windows’ is not new, this project could be the first to commercialise and integrate the material into glass manufacturing processes at scale and with a low associated cost.


    Psychogeography: a way to delve into the soul of a city
    Psychogeography: a way to delve into the soul of a city

    Psychogeography, as the term suggests, is the intersection of psychology and geography. It focuses on our psychological experiences of the city, and reveals or illuminates forgotten, discarded, or marginalised aspects of the urban environment.


    Grenfell fire aftermath: how 20th-century buildings can be made safer, not more dangerous
    Grenfell fire aftermath: how 20th-century buildings can be made safer, not more dangerous

    When it comes to managing the risk of fire, builders and architects are guided by three simple principles: prevent risk, evacuate users and minimise damage.


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