The Elephantine Fallacy of Tropical Design
There’s a tropical elephant in the room.
Climate Change Act Victoria: A Missed Opportunity for Buildings
The Victorian Climate Change Act 2017 was passed in February and will come into operation this year. What does it mean for those who procure, design...
Applying Passive Design in Challenging Environments
Passive design involving window placement can be even more effective than adjustments to building orientation when it improving natural ventilation and reducing HVAC-related energy consumption.
Why Is Straw Bale Not Used More in Building Structures?
Straw bale homes seem to tick all the boxes of the ideal passively designed home, yet for all their apparent benefits they are still not that...
Carbon Positive Prefab Home Attacks Climate Change
A small prefab home recently on display in Melbourne is Australia’s first carbon positive prefab home, according to ArchiBlox, the design-build firm that built it.
Are Energy Efficient Retrofits as Good as Building New?
A new project is looking to develop a scalable, replicable, high energy efficient, zero emissions and cost-effective system to refurbish existing public-owned non-residential buildings to achieve...
Living Walls Transform Green Interiors
A growing number of interior design studies have proven the positive of indoor greenery on productivity, health and well-being, with the incorporation of plant life long...