Behind Australia’s First Code for Smart Communities



Soon after deposing Tony Abbott, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled a 34-page Smart Cities plan last year which incorporated smart investment principles.


Under these principles, it was determined the government and the private sector would work together, utilise technology to better use infrastructure and negotiate city deals to help urban centres realise their potential.


Together with the creation of a ministerial portfolio, the plan’s announcement signalled that Australia was serious about creating cities which are efficient, productive, sustainable, liveable, and accessible.



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by Andrew Heaton | SOURCEABLE

Sailing my Earth Home Through Summer into 2017



How can you run your home freely like a sailing ship for best thermal performance in the Australian climate? An earth home could be the answer.


The analogy of a ship is apt, because as with sailing there is no engine, or in the case of and earth home, no air conditioner.


My own earth home is not conditioned; it is naturally conditioned through mass-linked ventilation so the whole operation is passive, silent and free and allows for passive cooling comfort all summer.


On a sailing boat you work the rudder and sails to travel about freely. You run, reach or work to achieve this. It's impossible to say you will achieve a set distance, speed or time of arrival or departure, but sailing is a healthy, rewarding, exciting experience and on average it works very well.


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by Peter Hickson | SOURCEABLE

Engineered Glass – All Will Become Clear



Glass is no longer just “a window material.” Modern engineering in conjunction with scientific advancements are allowing it to enhance the quality of living quality, aesthetics and the environment.


Long gone are the days where the use of glass as a building element was a square sheet in a small aperture of a steel, concrete or timber facade.


These days, structural glazing systems result in a completely clean, transparent flush curtain wall that can be tailored to achieve particular acoustic, thermal and photo chromatic outcomes.


Point supported engineered glass systems are the most transparent systems on the market today and can be engineered for any opening or facade. Externally they have silicone joints, but internally they are supported by engineered glass fins and held in place by steel corner fittings which together transfer deadloads and windloads back to the structure.


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by Stephen Smith LL.B., B.Ec. | SOURCEABLE

Affordable Housing Opportunities in Australia

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Around the world, housing authorities and government treasury/ finance/ taxation/income revenue and planning and infrastructure departments are struggling to find the ways and means of making housing more affordable without increasing national and state debt and deficits.


Australia is not immune to these issues, with Sydney identified as one of the most expensive cities in the world to purchase a house, with average prices exceeding $1 million in the 2016/ 2017 financial year.


Luxury housing tax, levied on new high-end residential properties and rentals, designed to feed a self sustaining fund dedicated to develop truly affordable units (either within new developments or in other locations around the city or jurisdiction is becoming more common. These taxation models can be equated to offset planting policies and practices in the management of the environment for major infrastructure and resource projects – i.e. we will approve you to do this action, but you need to do this in another part of the jurisdiction. Data management is critical to managing these luxury tax imposts.


Some Australian jurisdictions (Victoria, Queensland, and New South Wales) have introduced foreign investor tax increases to help slow down market forces, though it is debatable whether true housing affordability will result. The federal government is considering introduction of a broad pre-approval to purchase one new dwelling or vacant residential block. Others still consider stopping or limiting immigrations that will result in more affordable housing becoming available.


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by Brett Skyring | SOURCEABLE

The 12 Strangest Things Found on Construction Sites in 2016



The earth can be a sort of an unmarked time capsule in many areas. It holds secrets of the past, some of which were hoped to never be found, but others that people dream of finding. Almost every project requires excavation or demolition in some way, so keep your eyes peeled for the next great discovery!


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by Shane Hedmond | Construction Junkie