Sailing my Earth Home Through Summer into 2017
How can you run your home freely like a sailing ship for best thermal performance in the Australian climate? An earth home could be the answer.
What Does the Future Hold for Performance Requirements?
It is normal for this time of year to start thinking about May 1, but this year is different as we do not have to prepare...
Project Drawdown Aims for Solutions to Climate Change
Whilst Australian politicians once again debate the merits of renewable energy and challenges from extreme weather events, on the other side of the world, hundreds of...
Vertical Shading – Is it Right for Your Project?
External vertical shading devices can be awesome things.
Climate Change + Resource Scarcity = Opportunity
While climate change and resource scarcity are two of the greatest risks we face, tackling it is also one of our biggest economic opportunities.
Will Government’s Free House Designs Waste Energy?
The Australian federal government, through the Department of Industry and Science’s YourHome.gov.au website, has released free architect‐designed plans and base specifications for homes to achieve a...
Six Steps to Sustainable Best Practice in Tropical Climates
Creating a sustainable building solution in tropical climates has its own very specific set of challenges.
Is NatHERS Right for Australia?
Sustainability advocates have raised concerns that Australia’s green building criteria are unsuited to the climate zones of many parts of the country, and will thus hamper...
Thermal Breaks in Hot Climates?
With clear climatic zones across Australia, the benefits of ‘thermal break’ technologies in façades are often difficult to value for commercial offices spaces. Is it time...
Climate Targets 'Not the Question'
Deputy Liberal leader and federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg has argued the conversation around energy policy needs to shift away from carbon emissions.
Pull Out of Paris Agreement, Abbott Urges
Former prime minister Tony Abbott wants the government to pull out of the Paris climate agreement, saying it would be the best way to keep energy...
Microgrids: A Small-scale Solution for a Large-scale Energy Issue
In the wake of the crippling blackouts that South Australia experienced in 2016, Business South Australia reported a $367 million cost to industry, with 850,000 people...