Built Environment Category

From Green to Ecological, but what is Better in the property industry?

In the awesome book “Is sustainability still possible?” there was a table that described the need for a shift in our economic models and that ‘green’ is only an intermediary step. The outcome of the final model is ‘Better’ but what is ‘Better’, tell me what you think it is for your chance to win […]

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Sunday Morning Disruptive Tech – Carbon Fibre Concrete Composites

I haven’t posted a disruptive tech one for a while, not for lack of interest. This one caught my eye though – lots of opportunities for construction of the built environment. Smart Planet was yet again the source for new technologies, featuring an article on the construction of a bridge in 10 days. The video […]

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Regulation drives innovation – proof is in the storage

A couple of days ago almost every news channel in Australia reported in a very positive light the pathetic news that “despite political uncertainty, the latest research indicates that Australia has managed to reduce greenhouse emissions levels to zero growth over the past decade”. But the media also stated that our climate change initiatives “still […]

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Designing for Demographics – privacy solutions in open plan offices

Found this one on the awesome site, Smart Planet. The article features some solutions to the downsides of open plan workplace, describing open plan offices as a “not a one size fits all solution.” “Open plan offices often ignore the benefits of solitude, especially in the creative and technical fields that require extended times of […]

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Is sustainability dead in the property industry?

A great reflective piece from Romilly Madew, CEO, Green Building Council of Australia on whether sustainability is dead. Romilly describes the positives of the trends being seen “Harvard Business Review has called sustainability a ‘megatrend’ akin to the industrial and information technology revolutions because it is dramatically refashioning the way we do business” and “Trendwatching’s most […]

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Is Sustainability still Sustainable? – State of the World 2013 Report

Discovered this book at the weekend on Kindle Cloud – the title intrigued me as it is common with a lot of thoughts of my own at the moment. The first sentence of the first paragraph of chapter 1 really resonates with a lot of conversations that are happening in the property industry in Australia […]

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Climate adaptation in flood prone NSW

My inlaws live out in Narromine in New South Wales, about 7 hours drive due west of Sydney, another 40kms on from Dubbo. It’s a beautiful quiet country town claiming the birth place of many famous sports stars including Glenn McGarth and Melinda Gainsford-Taylor as well as my beautiful wife Jessica. The town is in […]

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