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Multi-Residential Buildings – Net Zero by Design
19 June 2017
Australia’s population is growing. 66% Australians live in capital cities now. Sydney’s population has been forecast to grow by 45% between 2011 and 2030. With strategies aimed at the increase of population density, by then approximately 80% of residents will be living in apartments making high-rise apartments the fastest growing building segment in Australia. We…
Net Zero vs Green Building
13 June 2017
With the ‘Passive House’ concept focusing on Energy Conservation, Net Zero brings the addition of on-site energy production from renewable sources equaling the amount of energy that is used by the operation of the building. At times additional energy may be used from the grid, at other times energy may be provided back to the…
Better Concrete – A Reality or Dream?
21 January 2017
Is there a prospect of a better, more efficient, eco-friendly and durable concrete? Can we make concrete that lasts longer, is stronger and less bulky while simultaneously reducing embodied carbon emissions and those from its kiln manufacture? The dramatic increase in greenhouse gas emissions and consequential environmental damage has focused the attention of governments and…
Positive Impact of Trees on Urban Environments
08 August 2016
Green infrastructure is everywhere we look: in leafy parks, on rooftops, within floral displays and even right in our backyard, creating not only fresh aesthetics, but also environmental, cultural and economic benefits for us all. But many of our city trees are under siege. And those high at risk are the trees being removed in…