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...
Greater density or urban sprawl – solving the housing challenge

Greater density or urban sprawl – solving the housing challenge

Nerida Conisbee: Melbourne is well-suited to urban sprawl; it’s flat, easy to build on and lacks geographic boundaries like waterways and cliffs that force other cities into higher densities. It’s possible to continue building low-density housing out as far as Geelong...
Exploring recently built ‘Green Star’ buildings in Melbourne

Exploring recently built ‘Green Star’ buildings in Melbourne

I recently joined an inspection of two certified ‘Green Star’ buildings in the heart of Melbourne CBD: EPA Victoria at 200 Victoria Street, Carlton and 567 Collins Street, Melbourne. This outing was facilitated by Rob Catchlove of Wave Consulting. Environmentally...
‘State of Play’ Residential Zones Reports

‘State of Play’ Residential Zones Reports

An extensive review of the residential zoning implemented across the suburbs of Melbourne has confirmed what many had expected; the inner north region is designated for far more development than the inner east suburbs. The Managing Residential Development Taskforce...
Environmentally Sustainable Design

Environmentally Sustainable Design

Environmentally Sustainable Design or ESD as it is referred to in the industry is an important element of town planning which is becoming more prevalent at permit application stage. ESD seeks to achieve the most sustainable building design possible through reduced...