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Royal Park’s land returned

4 Mar, 2015

In one of the most important milestones in the 139 year history of Royal Park, the site of the former Royal Children’s Hospital was today returned to parkland with the opening of a $5.5 million redevelopment by the City of Melbourne and the Victorian Government. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Lord…

Entries open for 20th BDAV Building Design Awards

24 Feb, 2015

Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is calling on the state’s best building designers to celebrate a significant milestone for the industry and enter its 20th BDAV Building Design Awards. The annual BDAV Building Design Awards, presented by Australia’s largest industry association representing design professionals, recognise and showcase creativity and…

Vivid 2015

20 Feb, 2015

Decor + Design is pleased to announce applications are now open for VIVID 2015, Australia’s longest running design competition and innovation showcase for new and emerging furniture designers. Professional designers in business less than five years and current students of design are invited to submit their new furniture or lighting…

Aktivhaus B10

11 Feb, 2015

Aktivhaus, or B10 for short, is a ‘triple zero’ home that generates twice as much electric power from sustainable energy sources as it consumes making it the first functional ‘Active House’ in the world. In addition to generating enough power to run its own building services, it also uses the recouped energy to power two…

Brookfarm’s bakehouse – muesli making powered by the sun

17 Dec, 2014

Award winning artisan food manufacturer Brookfarm has installed 288 solar panels on the bake-house roof in Byron Bay, naturally powering the production factory, offices and cool rooms. The installation is the largest of its kind in the Northern Rivers, and is part of the company’s goal of dramatically cutting its…

Melbourne tests new model for renewable energy

21 Nov, 2014

The City of Melbourne has established a group of large energy users that have signalled their interest in testing a new approach to drive investment in renewable energy. Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said the City of Melbourne must lead the way to meet our goal of zero net emissions by…

Holcim Awards 2014 prize-winning projects, Asia Pacific

17 Nov, 2014

The winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 Asia Pacific show how building with sustainable construction in mind can enhance the region’s human, natural and economic performance. A bird sanctuary in Thailand, a locally-adapted orphanage in Nepal, and a community library in Sri Lanka received the top prizes. An independent…

The Chairity Project

12 Nov, 2014

14 Australian and New Zealand creative talents have bravely reinterpreted the work of Hans J. Wegner’s CH33 chair for Carl Hansen & Søn. The Chairity Project brings together charity, creativity and iconic Danish Design. The 14 completed chairs will be auctioned off online at http://stores.ebay.com.au/bidsforgood/chairity The bidding will open at…

Frank Gehry’s UTS building complete

11 Nov, 2014

A state-of-the art business school and hi-tech learning hub is the latest milestone in the University of Technology, Sydney’s billion-dollar City Campus Master Plan – for Australia, it’s our very own one-of-a-kind Frank Gehry architectural marvel. Construction work has now finished on site as scheduled, with the building’s architect set…

Initiative to conserve native grasslands wins Banksia Sustainability award

11 Nov, 2014

Bush Heritage Australia and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy have won a prestigious Banksia Award for their work with farmers in helping to conserve the Tasmanian Midlands. The Midlands Conservation Fund has scooped the prize in the Natural Capital section of the 2014 Banksia Foundation Sustainability Awards, recognising demonstrated leadership and…