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Rethinking the building envelope: Incorporating rigid air barriers as the foundation of modern facade design

In Australia, new buildings are pushing the limits of architectural complexity, heights and beauty. New approaches to facade design are needed to meet strict demands for weather and airtightness, energy efficiency, resilience and fire protection. Rigid air barriers have emerged as the foundational component for the facades of the future.



In the public interest: Solutions to maximise safety and visual appeal in public and urban spaces

Drainage is a crucial issue that must be carefully addressed by designers and specifiers when designing public and urban spaces. Adequately managing stormwater runoff is imperative in preventing slips and falls, flooding, and ensuring the best possible environmental outcomes. Find out how linear drainage solutions can form a highly effective, safe, and visually pleasing stormwater management system in public spaces.



Driving positive educational outcomes through smart specification of interior acoustic solutions

Due to its significant impact on learning, cognitive and behavioural development, the acoustic environment is now regarded internationally as one of the prime considerations in the design of new classroom facilities. Many Australian classrooms, however, are currently not up to standard. Designers and specifiers can have a positive impact in this area through the specification of interior acoustic solutions in educational environments.



Surface protection: Specifying antimicrobial surfaces for healthier buildings

In Australia, the death rate attributed to infectious diseases has increased, prompting design professionals to consider how building design can deliver enhanced levels of health and hygiene. In hospitals, aged-care facilities and schools, the use of antimicrobial surfaces inhibits bacterial growth and addresses one of most common ways infection is spread, namely transmission by hand. 



Sustainable innovative & healthy: How the latest timber veneer technology is transforming interior design

As the Australian Design and Construction sector continues to respond to new and increasingly complex challenges, the industry is turning to a new generation of innovative timber veneers products to meet them. In addition to delivering buildings and interior spaces which are well designed and fit for purpose, today’s practitioners also face new demands resulting from increasingly rigorous building codes and standards, responsible sourcing and value engineering.



Usability, style and safety: A specifier's guide to accessible shower screens

Accessible design is ubiquitous across public spaces and being used increasingly in private residential construction. Accessible design is especially important when it comes to bathrooms and shower screens are an area that require particular attention. To specify an inaccessible shower screen could potentially render the shower area inoperable by someone with a disability.



Productive workspaces & the benefit of intelligent ergonomic design

Around the world, the relevance of productive workspaces in the domestic live/work market is heightened as we see a rise in remote working.The workspaces of today may be set in either commercial environments or domestic live/work settings and the need to maximise productivity remains key. Learn about the importance of intentional architectural design and construction for productive workspaces.


Clean water, sanitation and hygiene: Designing for healthcare and aged-care environments

Australia's ageing population is increasing pressure on healthcare and aged-care facilities. Due to an increased risk of infection by pathogenic microbes in healthcare and aged-care facilities, infection prevention by design and specification is imperative to elevated levels of health, hygiene and recovery. Learn about the benefits of specifying advanced water filtration and disinfection systems to improve health, hygiene and recovery levels.



Addressing the Australian water crisis: A guide to water efficiency and sustainability in bathroom design

Extended droughts, low rainfalls, bushfires and increasing supply demands have raised the question – when will Australia’s major cities run out of water? Design and construction professionals play a critical role in Australia’s future by implementing sustainable water management in building design. Bathroom design is an area that needs special focus. Learn how to choose water-efficient showerheads, toilets and taps to reduce the water footprint of your next project.


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A sound decision: Acoustic solutions for HVAC and hydraulic waste systems Quiet building: Noise and vibration isolation in vibrant cities Simplifying Thermal Bridging Calculation: Improving Energy Efficiency

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As more Australians live in medium- and high-density housing, it is important to ensure buildings and household units have appropriate levels of acoustic insulation to provide liveable and workable environments that support occupants’ health and wellbeing. This white paper examines acoustic solutions to address noise levels of HVAC and hydraulic waste systems in residential, commercial and industrial buildings.

In Australia, major urban centres are seeing increased levels of construction activity and rapid population growth. As building near transit corridors and above railways become viable options to relieve pressure on existing urban infrastructure, design and construction professionals need to better understand how to minimise structural vibrations that could adversely impact quality of life.

Building energy inefficiency is a major contributor to global emissions and energy consumption. To combat the problem, Australia and New Zealand have enacted stronger energy standards that should lead to higher performing buildings, including new energy performance requirements, verification methods, design standards and environmental certification criteria relating to thermal bridging calculations.