New Zealand childcare centre scoops international award

9 Sep, 2014

A childcare centre in the small Northland town of Kawakawa has beaten more than 50 buildings across the Asia Pacific region to take top honours in the World Green Building Council’s regional leadership awards.  Te Mirumiru, New Zealand’s first commercial earth bank building, was last night (subs: Weds 3 Sept)…

BVNs new workspace

9 Sep, 2014

BVN has moved to level 4, 12 Creek Street, Brisbane where they have reconfigured a 1980s tower floor with a composition of fixed platforms, benches, and movable furniture to create a contemporary workspace. The mix of uses and space types is ‘ordered’ by various window treatments – in some areas…

Premier’s Sustainability Award finalists announced

9 Sep, 2014

Southern Rural Water has partnered with a group of government and community stakeholders to be announced as a finalist in the 2014 Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their Protecting the Health of the Gippsland Lakes – Macalister Nutrient Reduction Program. Sustainability Victoria CEO, Stan Krpan, congratulates the team for their innovative…

Sustainability the key trend at the Australian Garden Show

9 Sep, 2014

The public has had their say in the People’s Choice Award, naming Phillip Withers’ garden, My Island Home, the favourite at this year’s Australian Garden Show Sydney, held over four days from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 September in Sydney’s iconic Centennial Park. His coastal design featured a coral reef…

China embraces the Passive House

9 Sep, 2014

Energy efficient construction is becoming increasingly important – now also in China. A particularly good example of this has just been completed west of Shanghai: an apartment hotel in Passive House Standard. The five-storey building, which was inaugurated in August, is located on a research campus in Changxing, Zhejiang Province….

Innovation and energy efficiency awarded

2 Sep, 2014

Housing designer-maker Island Workshop’s commitment to sustainability and new building technologies was recognised when it won the Energy Efficiency category at the 2014 Tasmanian Master Builders Excellence Awards this week. Island Workshop was awarded for its ‘Asante’ project, a residential home in Lauderdale that has achieved a thermal comfort rating…

The Big Design Market

28 Aug, 2014

This year, the ‘big’ in The Big Design Market must not be understated. In it’s third year running and after hugely successful events in 2012 and 2013, The Big Design Market returns in December with more designers than ever before.  The ultimate Christmas shopping event, this year 225 Australian and…

Issue 39

28 Aug, 2014

In issue 39 our four house projects include the extensive renovation of a butcher’s shop into a home, a raw, small, off-grid weekender, a terrace renovation featuring shifting rooflines and a modern interpretation of the local vernacular in Cornwall. Read about a garden and studio collaboration, a sprout and mushroom growing…

Neighbourhood Watch

26 Aug, 2014

For architect and resident Jeremy McLeod, The Commons apartment block in Melbourne represents not just a new way of living sustainably but a fresh take on property development. Residents of The Commons 24-apartment development in Brunswick began moving in around Christmas. By March there was already the first baby, they…

Free lessons in getting back to nature

20 Aug, 2014

The City of Sydney will celebrate national Biodiversity Month this September with a series of free wildlife workshops to help people of all ages learn more about our local birds, bats and trees. Biodiversity Month is an annual international event that aims to promote the importance of looking after plant…