TAG: Australia

Open Up

Open Up

A Federation style house in the ssuburban area of Mosman, Australia was on the receiving end of an update that transposed the existing arrangement into something entirely different, and over the top appealing. Anderson Architecture completed the renovation, giving the home a completely new style, and a more connected to nature feel. Along with implementing energy efficient amenities, the clients also wanted to open up the home. The design assignment included completely opening up the entire posterior half of the structure. The project also involved the addition of several green features. The back portion of the house faces north, so the extension… read more

Passive Houses Offer Ecologically Exemplary Builds

Passive Houses Offer Ecologically Exemplary Builds

Passive homes can be seen throughout history in many different regions around the world. Building around the climate to make homes more efficient and comfortable indoors has been employed by common sense builders for centuries. However, the term passive houses was coined and researched for more widespread use in 1990 when the first home to include the name was initiated and built by Bo Adamson and Wolfgang Feist. This type of structure utilizes passive energy and passive solar gains. Passive designs are intended to make the most use of shading and daytime sunlight. In addition to being well ventilated, they also employ… read more

Open And Airy Raven Street House

Open And Airy Raven Street House

Boat houses are normally known for more function than style. The Raven Street house from James Russell Architect is a boat house inspired design that offers both. Docked in Australia, it feels like a curbside vacation home. With its combination of gorgeous glass and wood, the exterior façade with its lively appearance is also carried inside. The colorful glass panels are not only pretty; they also let sunlight filter in while the color and textured walls retain privacy. When the sun rises and sets, the glass walls illuminate. The second level open deck is a delicious place to have a master suite. It… read more

A Sparkly New Discovery In Western Australia

A Sparkly New Discovery In Western Australia

A mining expedition and a researcher in mineralogy have uncovered an interesting discovery. A completely new kind of mineral was found located in Lake Cowan in the Western portion of Australia. It has been named putnisite, and according to researchers from the University of Adelaide in South Australia, its chemical makeup and crystallography are unlike any other mineral currently known. Scientists are not sure yet what exactly to make of the mineral, or know yet if it has any useful properties. Most findings and examinations lead to classifying an item and learning more about it. As described on Phys.org, what… read more

It’s Always Cloudy At This House

It's Always Cloudy At This House

Located in Melbourne, Australia an addition to a 100 year old existing home is a unique design, to say the least. The architectural firm McBride Charles Ryan is behind the eye-catching Cloud House. The built on portion is a stark contrast from the existing traditional house, which greets the street with a classical white, Edwardian style. The view in the back, however, is anything but ordinary. Rolling into the backyard, the cloud structure creates a living space quite like no other. The huge cloud shaped glass window intensifies the effect and adds to the airy, open feeling. Almost as if on… read more

Drones to Deliver Textbooks in Australia

Drones to Deliver Textbooks in Australia

Renting a textbook for university courses can make a lot of sense, as the outright purchase price for a book that only gets used for one semester can be quite high. Textbook rentals typically come by post or are picked up in person, but for some Australian college students, the textbooks they rent from Zookal in the near future could be delivered by a drone. Textbook rental company Zookal already rents out several hundred books every day, either shipping them to students or allowing them to pick them up in person. However, a partnership with a commercial drone service called… read more

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Disrupted

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Disrupted

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is the largest coral reef expanse in the world. With almost 3000 different reef systems, it includes more than 900 islands that are home to countless marine life and thousands of other living species, some of which are endangered. It is now also housing some unexpected, intrusive guests. Last week, 2 U.S. military aircraft had to drop 4 inactive bombs close to the Great Barrier Reef area. The emergency drop occurred during a military training exercise that went on longer than planned, and the in flight jets were in danger of running out of… read more

Australia to Build First CO2 Capture Plant for Algae Biofuel

Australia to Build First CO2 Capture Plant for Algae Biofuel

In what’s considered to be the world’s first on-site carbon emissions capture program at a coal-fired power plant, a facility built by Algae.tec will turn some of the plant’s waste carbon dioxide emissions into an enclosed algae growth system for producing biofuel. The power company, Macquarie Generation, is one of the largest in the world and now could be one of the most forward-thinking, thanks to an agreement with Algae.tec that will allow an on-site algae facility next to the 2640MW Bayswater power station. Algae.tec will use the CO2 emitted from the power station to feed its algae systems, which… read more

Australia Launches Clean Energy Map

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Australians who are curious about clean and renewable energy in their country now have an easy way to investigate the projects currently in place there, thanks to a new clean energy map. The Clean Energy Map, from the Australian government, covers over 1200 projects that cover renewable energy, energy efficiency and pollution-reduction across 16 different government initiatives. The interactive map categorizes the projects by type, and allows users to search the full map or use GPS (or their postcode) to find projects near them. “The Clean Energy Map features outcomes from measures such as the Renewable Energy Target, but also… read more

Anticipation Builds for the World Solar Challenge

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The World Solar Challenge is a competition that tests the skills of both solar and non-solar electric powered cars. Taking place every other year, participants from around the globe partake in a race, with a 3000-kilometer route descending from Australia’s northern territory to its southern city of Adelaide. Beyond the excitement this event fosters, the route serves as a fertile testing ground where these energy-efficient trailblazers can endure real to life driving conditions. This year’s race will mark the introduction of four separate vehicle classes for which a car may qualify. Different classes will be evaluated on their speed, external… read more