Industry News

Concrete flooring: Unrivalled in “green” attributes

Jan 23, 2018 Sustainability

Environmentally friendly design and construction is an ever-increasing trend as being ‘green’ plays on the consciousness of today’s society. The importance of such should therefore be transferred through every aspect of a building and with the floor being one of the major components in every building.

Community by Sekisui House goes solar to power common areas

Jan 22, 2018 Sustainability

Several power-saving initiatives are being implemented at The Orchards, a new masterplanned residential community being developed by Sekisui House Australia in Norwest, Sydney, to provide future residents ongoing savings in utility costs.

Saving old wooden windows through sustainable conservation

Retrofits extend the life of existing windows, avoid production of new materials, reduce waste and preserve a home’s character. Sealasash is a company on a mission to conserve our built heritage and negate the need to rip out old wooden windows.

The 1970’s – a significant period for residential architecture

In the mid-1990’s, magazines such as wallpaper* created renewed interest in houses designed in the 1950’s through to the ‘70s. Homes with large picture windows, filled with iconic post-war designed furniture, captured the imagination of home hunters worldwide.

Biophilic design built into new Melbourne Metro stations

Jan 15, 2018 Architecture

Melbourne’s new underground railway stations are set to be the first piece of Australian public infrastructure to include “biophilic design” – a ground-breaking method that takes green architecture far beyond landscaping and solar panels.

Reworking construction process and materials for a fresh approach to sustainability

Jan 11, 2018 Sustainability

In the competitive design and construction space, keeping up with new processes across modular builds and trends in natural materials puts you in the driver’s seat to deliver sustainable solutions for clients.

Sustainable ‘mini city’ concept in China addresses Guangzhou environmental challenges

Jan 10, 2018 Architecture

Brisbane-based firm Cox Architects has designed a ‘mini city’ in the heart of the Chinese port city of Guangzhou in order to improve facilities without causing a loss of density and incorporating a range of sustainable objectives.

7 best ice hotels from around the globe

If igloos and snow are more your thing during the Yuletide season, check out our pick of the best ice hotels from around the world. While some feature domed glass roofs to take in the Northern Lights, others boast extras including reindeer sleigh rides, outdoor hot tubs and even an underground ice cave. Prost!

Making Every Centimetre Count

Dec 15, 2017 Architecture

As the price of land heads ‘north’, the size of plots heads ‘south’, with families alongside singles and professional couples competing at auction for inner-city properties. Frontages of five metres become the norm and what was originally a two-bedroom Victorian cottage is transformed to accommodate a family.

Ventech architectural panels

Dec 13, 2017 DesignBUILD News

Ventech Australia has introduced a range of architectural panel products to help architects, designers, shopfitters & cabinetmakers keep up with world trends in panel products.