With the annual Stormwater Victoria Conference held at Lorne last week, it is a good time to look at Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) or Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) as it is referred to in Europe. WSUD is becoming an integral part of the development process in Melbourne's inner and middle ring municipalities and is described as the integration of urban planning with the managem

Associate Professor Grant Blashki, Chris Jensen, Dr Ann-Maree Graham, Dr Kevin Fergusson, Dr Trent Penman, Professor Peter Doherty, AC and Professor Richard Eckard Extreme is the new normal when it comes to weather, with devastation caused by floods, fires and cyclones filling our news feeds all too frequently. Thanks to the relatively recent development of ‘event attribution’ in climate

Chris Jensen If a heatwave hit Melbourne and the power blacked out, most apartment buildings would bake, with indoor temperatures exceeding international health standards, according to a new analysis that calls for Australia to adopt standards to protect occupants against heat stress. Researchers at the University of Melbourne modelled six common apartment designs in the city and all six fail

Plan Melbourne, it's 'Refresh' and State & Local Policy in all planning schemes reference and support sustainability / sustainable development. The principle legislation embeds this position in the objectives for planning in Victoria: to provide for the fair, orderly, economic and sustainable use, and development of land. [1] These over-riding objectives for sustainable development are as i

I recently joined an inspection of two certified ‘Green Star’ buildings in the heart of Melbourne CBD: EPA Victoria at 200 Victoria Street, Carlton and 567 Collins Street, Melbourne. This outing was facilitated by Rob Catchlove of Wave Consulting.  Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) is becoming of paramount importance at planning permit and design concept stage for many local Council

Environmentally Sustainable Design or ESD as it is referred to in the industry is an important element of town planning which is becoming more prevalent at permit application stage. ESD seeks to achieve the most sustainable building design possible through reduced embodied energy, stormwater management, passive design  and reduced energy loading, amongst other techniques. Within the Melbour