Industry News

Soft Underfoot – What’s on your floor

Apr 21, 2017

Polished concrete floors were a novelty when they appeared in domestic settings in the early 1990s. Combined with white plastered walls, concrete provided the ideal backdrop for the minimalist aesthetic which dominated that decade. Polished concrete floors still find favour for those seeking a warehouse/industrial look. However, while concrete still appears underfoot, other materials, such as rubber, linoleum, cork and epoxy, are slowly emerging as options. Brick floors, a hallmark of the late architect Guilford Bell and evocative of the 1970s, are also heralding a return.

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Kitchens – the home’s nerve centre revisited

Apr 18, 2017

Kitchens have ‘morphed’ over the decades. In Victorian times, kitchens were tucked at the back of a house or below ground level. In the 1950s, kitchens became more of a focal point, with housewives (now a politically incorrect term) keen to show off their latest appliances, from the new fridge to the mix-master, the latter proudly on display on the shiny laminate benches. Fast-forward to the present and the kitchen is the hub of a house, often located between the living areas and outdoor deck.

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Top Products Launching at DesignBUILD 2017

Apr 13, 2017

With an ever increasing competitive market, making sure you’re up to date on new product releases is a must. DesignBUILD will welcome over 300 leading architecture and material manufacturers when it opens its doors on the 3rd May at the new ICC Sydney, offering specialist insight over 700 products across the 3 days of the event. Here’s a sneak peak at just some of the new products to be found at DesignBUILD, 3- 5 May 2017.

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VIDEO: Community Designs Presents Melbourne Museum

Apr 12, 2017

The Melbourne Museum is used to digs, but usually it’s fossils not facilities pipes that they seek.

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ACIF Forecasts answer the big questions including the “Trump Bump”

Apr 11, 2017

Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) will launch its new ten-year forecasts for building and construction on Thursday 4 May, at the ACIF Briefing to be held at International Convention Centre Sydney.

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Australia Leads the World in Glazier Training

Apr 10, 2017

The Australian Glass and Glazing Association (AGGA), the peak body representing the glass and glazing industry will be joining DesignBUILD 2017 for the first time as a supporting partner, bringing their world leading training to the show floor, this 3-5 May.

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10 up high: Australia’s best green roofs

Apr 5, 2017

There’s a lot to like about green gardens in the sky. As well as the beauty of a verdant space in the built environment, green roofs have triple bottom line benefits, including reducing urban heat island effects, lowering urban air temperatures, and helping to improve Co2 emissions. Right now, we’re trending towards green roofs that are accessible and usable for all to enjoy, so how about ten of the best to admire?

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Healthy building design new focus for Global GreenTag’s PhD

Apr 3, 2017

Global GreenTag have launched a new tool to address human health concerns directly in the built environment. Launched last month at Total Facilities Expo, the new Product Health Declaration™ (PhD) is the first system globally to assess the health impacts of the final product – and not just the hazards of the ingredients.

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Product-led climate recovery for innovative Australian green building design

Apr 3, 2017

Australian Green Building Design is all about making use of sustainable and eco-friendly materials for building projects. Going green is a widespread phenomenon that most people are getting into, gone are the days when people choose quantity over quality. A sense of meticulousness is evident in terms of purchasing products.

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Designing eco-friendly residential interiors for the next generation

Mar 31, 2017

Eco-friendly residential interiors are known to have significant benefits not only to the environment, but also to people occupying the space. Emerging construction trends feature the incorporation of sustainable parts and elements into building projects. This promotes the advocacy of making better choices for the betterment of the world.

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