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Published: 17 December 2018

Building design and the selection of materials, appliances, equipment and technologies can all contribute to the minimisation of both operational and ...

This note discusses how the quantity surveyor's skills can be harnessed in the development of environmentally sustainable design.  It focuses on the ...

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Embodied water of construction

Published: 31 May 2004

Water is a fundamental aspect of all living things. Since 1900, overall water consumption has increased ten times. Consequently many countries are ...

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On-site domestic wastewater treatment and reuse

Published: 28 February 2005

This note includes descriptions of the different systems used for the on-site treatment and disposal/reuse of domestic wastewaters from residential ...

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This paper provides a critique of the Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) paradigm by discussing its congruence with an established sustainable ...

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Adelaide has a relatively long history of innovation in wastewater treatment and water conservation, spurred on in response to South Australia’s ...

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Social sustainability is about ensuring the sustenance of the diverse social relations that exist in healthy communities. Creating the physical, ...

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Biophilic design: an introduction for designers

Published: 31 July 2018

This note highlights some of the fundamental concepts that underpin biophilic design and introduces designers to some basic principles and tools that ...

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Land use

Published: 17 December 2018

Strategies for optimising the use of land with respect to social, economic and environmental criteria. Includes consideration of urban form: the ...


NCC 2019 Section J and commercial building facade design

Published: 15 October 2019 | Edited: 6 May 2020

Section J of the National Construction Code (NCC) Volume One codifies minimum glazing thermal performance measures for both facade vision glazing and ...

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