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Following high-profile apartment fires like the Neo200 fire in Melbourne, there has been a focus on combustible cladding in Australia. In response, the Building Code of Australia was updated to reflect a number of advanced requirements pertaining to fire safety. When specifying fire-rated interior linings, it’s imperative for specifiers to know that the products will be fit for purpose and not swapped out with non-compliant variations. The best way to do this is to specify by name.
In Australia, the environmental impact of the built environment is undeniable. The building sector alone accounts for approximately 19% of total energy consumption and 23% of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.1 The GHG emissions associated with this energy use represents 6% of Australia’s total net emissions.
Bacteria are ubiquitous. While many strains are harmless, there are a significant number that can lead to serious health complications, and even death, if they enter the human body. As bacterial infection is commonly spread from contaminated surfaces to hand and vice versa, the design and material specification of surfaces in the built environment is an important factor in minimising the spread of disease.
In high-rise buildings, choosing the best quality window solutions is imperative. However, a window is only as good as the hardware it is made with, and one of the significant problems that designers and specifiers must grapple with is finding the right window-locking solution to meet the needs of the project and those who will live in the apartments. High-performance multipoint locking systems are an ideal solution that meet the needs of the modern architecture and design industries.
For the past 14 years, Architecture & Design magazine has run the Sustainability Awards – Australia’s oldest national sustainability awards program dedicated to rewarding excellence in sustainability across our built environment. Last year, Fairview was the proud sponsor of the Waste Elimination category.
In modern bathroom design, tapware is often used as a reference point when matching colours, so bathroom accessories are often chosen to match tapware finishes. However, colour matching is inherently difficult as factors such as materials, finishes, lighting and even the subjective perception of colour contribute to inconsistency between bathroom elements.
Wollongong Central is a major shopping centre in the heart of the Illawarra district just south of Sydney. With a range of stores, services, and events, it’s a highly trafficked and essential part of the shopping scene in the area. The centre was designed by Rice Daubney Architects, who commissioned Rocks On to develop a bespoke round floor tile that created an abstract flower design when laid in a particular pattern and particular colours.
The Four Mile Beach House project is about seclusion - a private resort and elevated living platform with views of the Coral Sea beneath the tropical beach rainforest canopy. One of the most striking features of the project is its enormous, angular pool. Charles Wright Architects commissioned Rocks On to develop a swimming pool tile that replicated the appearance of the colours of Tahitian waters for the project.
Offering improved speed, efficiency and quality, modular lightweight construction has grown in popularity across Australia. However, the reduced mass of lightweight construction means that conventional fire protection methods may not deliver the required level of fire safety. In addition, mixing and matching wall, floor and ceiling systems can lead to compliance and warranty issues.
BlueScope has released an updated range of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) providing an increased level of transparency for the environmental impacts of its products across a range of categories.
Welcome to the third edition of Folio, where we explore how materials help to both inspire and create great architecture. A magazine by Brickworks Building Products, each issue sets out to unpick the design thinking behind a selection of exceptional buildings to understand how and why a specific material - be it brick, concrete, timber or tile - was used. Download this free magazine to find out more.
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