Built Environment

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Architects, certifiers and engineers who work as consultants to builders are on notice about potential liability for the use of flammable cladding, but governments are also culpable for their actions.

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Dr Negin Nazarian is a Scientia Fellow urban climatologist at UNSW’s Faculty of Built Environment. She is working on a wearable that can measure the wearer’s physiological response, such as heart rate and skin temperature, to their immediate environment.

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The risks of combustible cladding on high-rise buildings have long been known. And audits have identified hundreds of Australian buildings with this cladding. Delay in replacing it is inexcusable

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While Opal Tower residents are more badly affected than most, up to 80% of multi-unit buildings have serious defects. Here's what government can do right now to fix the industry.

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Building defects in apartment blocks are far from unusual. We need to identify the systemic flaws contributing to them.

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It's tempting to blame building certifiers and the fact they are privately employed. But the cracks in the quality of our apartment buildings go deeper and can be fixed.

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What exactly is the 'built environment'? And is the term the best way to frame what we're trying to achieve today?

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Our concrete jungles are getting so hot they could eventually become uninhabitable. But a team of UNSW researchers is working hard to cool them down.

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The development of wood as strong as steel has spawned a new breed of timber towers to revolutionise the way we live in cities.

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Lucy Turnbull AO, Chair of the Greater Sydney Commission, has established a new UNSW scholarship aimed at increasing the number of women in leadership roles in the built environment industry.

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