The reality of living with 50℃ temperatures in our major cities

The reality of living with 50℃ temperatures in our major cities

The reality of living with 50℃ temperatures in our major cities Sydney is facing 50℃ summer days by 2040, new research says. Andy/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA Liz Hanna, Australian National University Australia is hot. But future extreme hot weather will be...
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) & the Planning System (Victoria)

Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) & the Planning System (Victoria)

With the annual Stormwater Victoria Conference held at Lorne last week, it is a good time to look at Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) or Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) as it is referred to in Europe. WSUD is becoming an integral part of the development...
Extreme weather: Why the impact will be felt more widely

Extreme weather: Why the impact will be felt more widely

Associate Professor Grant Blashki, Chris Jensen, Dr Ann-Maree Graham, Dr Kevin Fergusson, Dr Trent Penman, Professor Peter Doherty, AC and Professor Richard Eckard Extreme is the new normal when it comes to weather, with devastation caused by floods, fires and...
Why apartments are failing the heat stress test?

Why apartments are failing the heat stress test?

Chris Jensen If a heatwave hit Melbourne and the power blacked out, most apartment buildings would bake, with indoor temperatures exceeding international health standards, according to a new analysis that calls for Australia to adopt standards to protect occupants...
Planning Melbourne – A Shift in Thinking

Planning Melbourne – A Shift in Thinking

Plan Melbourne, it’s ‘Refresh’ and State & Local Policy in all planning schemes reference and support sustainability / sustainable development. The principle legislation embeds this position in the objectives for planning in Victoria: to provide...