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    Living in place: Planning for kitchen accessibility

    Many Australians say that they desire to 'age in place' – this means new builds and renovations must include design elements that ensure the home is suitable for individuals as they grow older. One of the first spaces to consider is the kitchen as it must not only meet the daily needs of its users, but it must also address their lifestyle and aesthetic preferences.


    Crafted for Quality: The benefits of building with handcrafted clay bricks

    Beyond their strength, durability and performance, one aspect of clay brick that has kept it among the most popular building materials is its ability to reflect a broad spectrum of architectural styles. Handcrafted bricks in particular offer incredible design flexibility for both heritage and modern builds, and a unique aesthetic appeal that cannot be replicated with mass production techniques.


    Building resilient cities: A journey of learning and adaptation

    Resilient cities build on older patterns from previous iterations - they adapt to events and evolve over time. Older structures are now preserved and adapted for new purposes or community needs, such as old commercial riverways morphing into residential villages or entertainment precincts.


    The Glass House: Leveraging a smart ecosystem to reduce water usage, improve tenant experience and introduce cost savings

    The Glass House is a distinctive office building in Sydney’s satellite hub and thriving business district, Macquarie Park. With eight levels of office accommodation, ground floor retail, 350 car spaces and almost 35,000 square metres of floor space, it’s a significant facility that is currently leased to the NSW Government under long-term lease.


    Natural, unique and beautiful: Why natural timber veneer is still the premier product for decorative walls, ceilings, joinery and furniture

    As the distinct look and feel of natural wood remains as desirable as ever, there are a variety of synthetic or man-made products now available aiming to deliver a ‘realistic’ timber look, from wood-plastic composites to laminates, vinyl and aluminium products. However, there is an all-natural, sustainable alternative to solid timber that retains the true character of real wood, while being resource-efficient and cost-effective – natural timber veneer.


    Understanding Corrosion: Environmental factors and protective measures for structural steel

    Corrosion is costing the Australian economy more than $30 billion each year, but much of it is preventable. A strong understanding of how corrosion occurs and the contributing factors will provide architects and specifiers opportunities to minimise or remove the risk of corrosion during the design stage of a building project. In most applications, a wide range of micro-environments and variables can change corrosion rates significantly on different parts of a building.


    Case Study: Private apartment, Coburg, Gordon Street

    Located in Melbourne’s charming, multifaceted and diverse suburb of Coburg, this residential project saw two adjacent townhouses with a rear laneway in need of a solution that would allow residents easy access to the upstairs room without compromising on the parking space.


    Case Study: 443 Queen Street, Brisbane

    A result of a collaboration between Singapore-based WOHA and Architectus Brisbane, this landmark project brings together the best in passive, low-technology and high-ambience design in the bid to deliver a world-class development that embraces Brisbane’s unique climate.


    Framework for Sustainability: A guide to extruded polystyrene in energy-efficient building design

    Good quality, long-term insulation performance in the building envelope is required to save energy and reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment. There is a growing selection of innovative products that can help us improve insulation performance. One of these products is extruded polystyrene (XPS) insulation, which offers a combination of strength, durability and thermal efficiency that unlocks a range of design possibilities.


    A sustainable future for sports infrastructure: The use of mass timber as a low-carbon alternative to steel and concrete construction

    There is growing interest in the use of timber in the built environment to help reduce the environmental impact of construction. Mass timber, a structural wood material with enhanced structural properties, has the potential to revolutionise the large-volume building sector. Due to the pioneering activities of local and international companies, sport stadiums are leading the way with impressive feats of timber construction in terms of size, scale and logistics


    A Specifier's Guide: Commercial glazed facade systems

    There are several types of glazed facade systems on the market, each with their own respective strengths and limitations. To the naked eye they may look similar, but each has unique properties that are better suited to different architectural applications.


    Cosentino: Sustainability eBook 2021

    For the past 15 years, our Sustainability Awards programme has recognized the efforts of a whole range of architects and building designers who have developed and demonstrated ways to decrease greenhouse gases, reduce energy use and demand, and conserve water use in the built and/or natural environments.


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