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    Taller, faster, better, stronger: wind towers are only getting bigger
    Taller, faster, better, stronger: wind towers are only getting bigger

    Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown made headlines this week after he objected to a proposed wind farm on Tasmania’s Robbins Island.


    Regional cities beware – fast rail might lead to disadvantaged dormitories, not booming economies
    Regional cities beware – fast rail might lead to disadvantaged dormitories, not booming economies

    Governments are looking to fast rail services to regional cities to relieve population pressures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. But what economic effect might these fast links have on the regional cities?


    The edges of home ownership are becoming porous. It's no longer a one-way street
    The edges of home ownership are becoming porous. It's no longer a one-way street

    With regard to home ownership, we have tended to worry most about the first big transition: moving from renting to getting a mortgage, assuming that afterwards things will be okay. But things are becoming more complicated.


    China can learn from Australian urban design, but it's not all one-way traffic
    China can learn from Australian urban design, but it's not all one-way traffic

    The Chinese government released a national urbanisation plan (2014-2020), with a focus on the quality of Chinese urbanisation and public spaces. The aim is for a healthier built environment and increased wellbeing for its citizens.


    We create 20m tons of construction industry waste each year. Here's how to stop it going to landfill
    We create 20m tons of construction industry waste each year. Here's how to stop it going to landfill

    Between 2016 and 2017, more than 6.7MT of this waste went into landfills across Australia. The rest is either recycled, illegally dumped, reused, reprocessed or stockpiled.


    The Australians who pioneered self-sufficiency, generations before Nimbin
    The Australians who pioneered self-sufficiency, generations before Nimbin

    "Self-sufficiency" has recently been linked to an explosion of interest in solar powered “off-grid” living, tiny houses, ethical food networks and complementary health practices, along with a hipster-driven return to the artisanal and hand-made.


    Schools need better ventilation, not air-conditioning
    Schools need better ventilation, not air-conditioning

    With Australian classrooms recording high levels of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, schools need to prioritise ventilation, not air-conditioning, says UNSW Built Environment professor Mat Santamouris.


    Indonesia has sent Australia's recycling home – it's time to clean up our act
    Indonesia has sent Australia's recycling home – it's time to clean up our act

    Indonesia has returned a container load of recyclables back to Australia, because the material did not meet stringent import requirements.


    Houses for a warmer future are currently restricted by Australia's building code
    Houses for a warmer future are currently restricted by Australia's building code

    Buildings that perform best for heat waves predicted by 2030 are actually banned by the government’s building code. We urgently need to update our building codes to cope with our changing climate.


    For green cities to become mainstream, we need to learn from local success stories and scale up
    For green cities to become mainstream, we need to learn from local success stories and scale up

    Australia’s sprawling car-based cities are gradually changing to embrace green or living infrastructure.


    Walking and cycling to work makes commuters happier and more productive
    Walking and cycling to work makes commuters happier and more productive

    The distance people travel and how they get to work – car, public transport, cycling or walking – can influence their well-being and performance.


    Removing dangerous cladding is just the beginning
    Removing dangerous cladding is just the beginning

    Plans for the government to help pay for the removal of combustible cladding are welcome, but there is a lot more to do, according to engineering expert Dame Judith Hackitt.


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