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    New energy innovations for multi-residential developments
    New energy innovations for multi-residential developments

    The latest ABS Census shows that Australian apartment occupation has increased by 78 percent over the past 25 years, along with a steady increase in the occupation of townhouses and duplexes. In line with this trend, approximately one quarter of Australia’s residential new-builds are now multi-residential.


    Water and bathrooms: A bad mix for multi-res developments
    Water and bathrooms: A bad mix for multi-res developments

    Never have bathrooms been more scrutinised than they are now. Once the smallest room in the house, they are now palaces of design with enormous expectations placed upon them. Those expectations and demands are multiplied exponentially when the bathroom is replicated repeatedly, such as for multi-residential projects.


    Has prefab disrupted the building industry?
    Has prefab disrupted the building industry?

    It’s been said that all industry disruptors are innovators, but not all innovators are disruptive. With prefabricated construction, the question of whether this 21st century process has truly shaken up Australia’s building industry is one with no clear answer.


    Multi-residential developments look to sustainable HVAC
    Multi-residential developments look to sustainable HVAC

    According to the Australian Department of Environment and Energy, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) makes up a significant proportion of a building’s total power consumption, with a typical system accounting for approximately 40 percent.


    Research groups hold cybersecurity fears for smart buildings
    Research groups hold cybersecurity fears for smart buildings

    According to Frost & Sullivan, a smart building is one that uses both technology and processes to create an environment that is safe, healthy, and comfortable and enables productivity and well-being for its occupants. However, for architects, this Brave New world opens up a series of questions about cybersecurity.


    Education design moves to the outside space
    Education design moves to the outside space

    To meet the growing enrolment demands across our major cities, both state and federal governments have injected funds into refurbishing existing institutions and building new schools, which is great news for architects and designers looking to push the boundaries of education design.


    Better lighting design means better educational and environmental outcomes
    Better lighting design means better educational and environmental outcomes

    In 2016, the Optical Society of America in its journal, Optical Express, published the results of a study on the relationship between learning performance and the quality of lighting used in a primary school.


    School landscapes echo contemporary design changes
    School landscapes echo contemporary design changes

    Looking purely at the historical evolution of the Australia’s residential outside spaces, things have changed mightily in a just a few decades.


    Is it time we tackled under-compliance in the residential building industry?
    Is it time we tackled under-compliance in the residential building industry?

    An educated workforce will ensure that everyone in the industry is aware of the whole homebuilding process, and the collaborative role each individual plays in achieving a compliant build or one that goes beyond.


    Learning by colour: Paints and coatings in the education sector
    Learning by colour: Paints and coatings in the education sector

    Designed by Atelier Alter, the Beijing No.12 Kindergarten is a visual feast of bold colours and clean lines. Building blocks served as inspiration for the project team, who say they began the project by converting its scale from a grown-up’s point of view to a child’s perspective.


    Learning the lessons of fire-resistant design
    Learning the lessons of fire-resistant design

    Even though it is now six years old, the dramatic, energetic and cantilevered form of the Mabel Fidler building at the prestigious all-girls Ravenswood School in Sydney is still a show stopper. Thanks to the translucent quality of the walls – created using a polycarbonate exterior cladding – the building literally glows day and night.


    Making ground in the education sector
    Making ground in the education sector

    Whether designing a day care, school or university, the choice of flooring can have a significant impact on the learning experience. But with so many flooring types on offer, how can designers find their footing?


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