Australia Needs Better Fire Safety Regulation
Often, when people think about a building’s fire protection system they think about its alarm and sprinkler systems.
Australia Needs a Competency Framework for Fire Protection
When owners of one Sydney apartment complex upgraded the safety of their building following a local council request for an annual fire management statement, they were...
Concrete Industry Demands Action on Fire Safety
Australia’s concrete and masonry industry has called for more action to ensure that non-combustible materials are not installed on multi-storey buildings.
Understanding Smoke Control in Buildings
Smoke exhaust systems provide a means of increasing occupant evacuation time from a space affected by fire and smoke.
How Commercial Buildings Could Generate Their Own Energy
Around much of Australia, the presence of solar panels on roofs has become commonplace.
Overhaul of Standard Will Unleash Masonry Design Opportunities
Artistic, versatile, durable and resistant to fire, and sound, masonry construction has been used in architectural achievements such as the Egyptian Pyramids, the Colosseum in Rome,...
Which Approach to Non-Complying Products is Best?
Since the Grenfell tragedy in London and the Lacrosse apartment debacle in Melbourne, politicians of all stripes have been under pressure to act on combustible cladding...
Sprinklers are Critical for Apartment Fire Safety
For Chinese student Ginger Jiang, recounting the night her life changed because of fire in the Sydney suburb of Bankstown in September 2012 was gut-wrenching.
The Low Carbon Engineering of Things
If asked to consider how to cut carbon emissions, most people would probably focus on reducing energy use in their home or place of work, or...
Suspect Cladding Loses Certification
Certification has been withdrawn for several types of building cladding products amid heightened fears of fire hazards across Australia and globally.
NSW to rebuild trust in high-rise towers
NSW will undertake a major overhaul of the way high-rise apartment buildings are built, starting with the appointment of a Building Commissioner to step up compliance.