Events and conferences

Building Physics Forum announces virtual program

A range of speakers covering matters critical to building performance has been named for the Building Physics Forum 2021. Originally scheduled to take place in Brisbane, the Forum will now be held as a live-streamed virtual event on Tuesday, October 12. As an applied science, building physics addresses air movement, thermal performance, control of moisture, […]

Events and conferences

Keynotes named for AIRAH’s The Future of HVAC 2021

Three keynote speakers have been announced for AIRAH’s Future of HVAC 2021 conference, which will be live-streamed over two days, November 23 and 30. The conference was originally scheduled to be held in Sydney, but has altered due to continuing precautions and restrictions around the COVID-19 pandemic. The three keynotes are Ninotschka Titchkosky from BVN […]

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International framework for embodied and operational carbon

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is developing a common international reporting framework for embodied and operational carbon in the built environment. Embodied carbon is the total greenhouse emissions generated during the manufacture of the materials and products used in the construction and refurbishment of new and existing buildings and infrastructure. It is coming under […]


Boom beckons for NSW Renewable Energy Zone

Australia’s largest Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) has received more than 80 registrations of interest from potential renewable energy projects. The projects have the potential to produce an astonishing 34 gigawatts (GW) of energy for the REZ, which is located in New England in north-western NSW. NSW Energy Minister Matt Kean says the response demonstrates investor […]

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Promoting sustainable cold chain, from data to action

The Global Food Cold Chain Council (GFCCC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction are convening for a virtual World Cold Chain Symposium on September 14. The symposium aims to reduce global food waste, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and promote greater food security. “This is the path to addressing hunger and a better future,” […]

Events and conferences

AIRAH updates 2021 conference schedule

Continuing precautions and restrictions around COVID-19 have led to AIRAH adjusting its 2021 conference schedule. Still slated for Sydney, AIRAH’s The Future of HVAC Conference 2021 will be moved from its originally scheduled dates of September 8–9 to November 29–30. It will also be live-streamed. AIRAH’s Building Physics Forum, originally scheduled to be held in […]

General News

Australia’s first zero emissions leisure and aquatic centre announced

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has allocated up to $1.53 million in funding for Brimbank City Council’s mooted zero emissions indoor leisure and aquatic centre. To be located in Melbourne’s west and making use of an $8.1 million integrated energy system, the facility will be an Australian first. The aquatic centre is part of […]

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500 Collins Street achieves Platinum WELL certification

The Melbourne CBD office tower at 500 Collins Street has become the first existing building in Australia to earn WELL Certification at the Platinum level, the International WELL Building Institute’s highest rating. Completed in 1973, 500 Collins Street is a 26-storey tower featuring approximately 26,000m2 of net lettable area comprising an office tower with a […]


New design guide supports building reform in NSW

To support the recent NSW Building Confidence reforms, Consult Australia, Engineers Australia and the Australian Institute of Architects have developed the Guide for Design Practitioners and Engineers. The guide is designed to be a practical resource that highlights key issues relevant to contracts and professional indemnity (PI) insurance relating to the recent legislative and regulatory […]