Green roofs are an accepted part of modern building in Europe, where their use has become mandated by some city and national governments. They are commonplace in the Austrian city of Linz, where green roofs ae required on all new residential and commercial buildings with rooftops larger than 100sqm.
Nuffield Scholar Jan Vydra hopes a planned urban farming campus in Melbourne will be followed by others in Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Sydney. Picture: David Geraghty
A FIRST-generation Melbourne farmer wants to share his knowledge on urban farming by building a university-like campus in every major Australian city.
Green walls at Lendlease's Barangaroo offices.
More than a breath of fresh air, green offices can boost workspace productivity and save organisations thousands of dollars by dramatically reducing illness and absenteeism.
Real estate investors know that healthy buildings are a good thing, but an increasing amount of evidence is emerging to show that they are also good business.
While it remains hard for investors to see the benefits of a healthy building in their bottom line, there are more tools than ever before which allow occupiers to quantify the benefits of wellness for productivity. In time, this should translate into higher rents and capital values.
This is sedum on the green roof. Credit: Heather Rumble, University of Portsmouth
New research suggests that species that live on green roofs arrived by hitching lifts on birds or by riding air currents.
The Infrastructure Australia report made some key recommendations for green infrastructure. Image: EPA
(IMAGE: A Wind Farm | Wikimedia Commons)
One of the biggest wind farm projects in the country has been approved by the NSW Government, with the company behind the venture saying it will increase the likelihood of Australia hitting renewable energy targets.
The Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre reflects nature at all angles. Image: Charles Wright Architects, photography by Patrick Bingham Hall
Here are five sustainable building trends that will prove to be popular throughout 2018.