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    Don’t just look through the window: smart technologies for smarter projects
    Don’t just look through the window: smart technologies for smarter projects

    Looking past the importance of the window in commercial projects can be a big mistake. Windows and window furnishings have the potential to transform the environmental load of any project and greatly improve the functionality and efficiency of a space.


    Iron Matrix: Working towards a clean energy revolution, one panel at a time
    Iron Matrix: Working towards a clean energy revolution, one panel at a time

    An innovative new technology means solar panels are no longer limited to rooftops - Iron Matrix co-founder David Morgan wants to cover entire houses with them. Not only is this now possible, but it’s also projected to be cheaper than building a traditional house.


    How Australia’s commercial design sector is connected to the three pillars of supply, demand and sustainability
    How Australia’s commercial design sector is connected to the three pillars of supply, demand and sustainability

    Is there a relationship between the boom in Australian property prices, the commercial property sector, foreign investment and sustainability, and if so, how does this boom drive innovation in today’s commercial real estate market?


    What’s the deal with Green Design?
    What’s the deal with Green Design?

    Confusion surrounding sustainability, certifications and best practice is increasing exponentially, so we've decided to cut through the confusion and set the story straight.


    How the digital revolution has transformed the way in which architects work
    How the digital revolution has transformed the way in which architects work

    Hand drawn plans on paper are now a thing of the past, while 3D virtual Building Information Modelling (BIM) environments are slowly becoming an industry norm.


    Designing fire safety into tall buildings now an ever-present issue for the commercial sector
    Designing fire safety into tall buildings now an ever-present issue for the commercial sector

    Architects have always sought to make tall buildings safe. This can be done in two ways- first is by using a range of suppression technologies, in other words stopping fires from taking hold in the first place, or limiting their spread if and when they do.


    Benchtop materials for high-traffic hospitality areas
    Benchtop materials for high-traffic hospitality areas

    Rany Obaidi from Marblo Group says that benchtops are one of the most utilised and visible features in hospitality design, and play a major role in contributing to the success of any business. As he puts it—“We all know the feeling when we approach a counter that is stained or unsightly.”


    Many flavours required for the perfect serving: Hospitality design as an art and a science
    Many flavours required for the perfect serving: Hospitality design as an art and a science

    Once upon a time long, long time ago, before Yelp, before Trip Advisor, before Snapchat and Instagram, word of mouth and newspaper reviews were the be-all and end-all in deciding where to wave our shiny new Diners Club cards on a Saturday night.


    The flow of hospitality flooring
    The flow of hospitality flooring

    Although expectations and tastes may change, hospitality venues have always and will continue to create a visually appealing experience for customers.


    How technology is changing the face and soul of hospitality
    How technology is changing the face and soul of hospitality

    Atmosphere, ambience, character, charm - all are qualities that each and every restaurant, bar, hotel lobby and yes, even coffee shop seek to create. The certain something that reaches their clientele, encourages them to stay a little bit longer, and open their wallets a little wider.


    Keeping the noise down in restaurants and hotels
    Keeping the noise down in restaurants and hotels

    There is a lot to consider in this underrated yet important element of building design. A combination of thoughtful design and effective insulation is needed to control noise levels in all buildings, including hotels and hospitality.


    Our growing big cities need new centres of employment – here's Melbourne's chance
    Our growing big cities need new centres of employment – here's Melbourne's chance

    Melbourne has a serious problem. Most of its job growth is in the CBD, yet most of its population growth is at the far extremes of the city. It’s the same in other big Australian cities, like Sydney.


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