Contributor: Digby Hall, Principal Sustainability Consultant After all these years I still get that little shiver of anticipation when I receive a request for a tender proposal titled “sustainability” or “ESD” – that’s my thing, my passion, my business, and I know I’m good at it. Yet, with unfortunate and increasing regularity (you’d have to [...]
The hooked burs of a Burdock plant, the scales of pine cones and the deeply absorbent black of a grasshopper’s eye are all examples of nature’s designs being replicated in the built environment. And increasingly, solutions found in nature – whether by animals, plants or microbes – are being used to solve our problems, given [...]
Contributor: Digby Hall, Principal Sustainability Consultant Before ‘resilience’ becomes just a new term for disaster preparedness the same way that ‘sustainability’ has become a front for good energy management, let’s take a short run through the software side of community resilience. A common thread found in resilience theory is that of community strength. A community's [...]
Pressure is mounting to reform regulation of fire safety in the wake of a fire at the Lacrosse Apartments in Victoria’s Docklands last November. The Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) has called for the state coroner to launch an enquiry into the use of non-compliant external cladding and the Victorian Building Authority’s (VBA) role in the regulation of the building [...]
The Green Building Council of Australia’s Green Star rating tool has undergone a number of recent changes – none more controversial, perhaps, than the deletion of the air-change effectiveness credit, IEQ-2. Sean McGowan talks about the impact of these changes on computational fluid dynamics with NDY senior sustainability consultant Richard Jelbert; Simultude’s Dr Colin Allison, M.AIRAH; Cundall director Caimin McCabe, [...]
Umow Lai noted in Ecolibrium with two projects making the finalist list for the 2014 Banksia Awards 'Innovation in Social Infrastructure > $100 Million' category. Read the full Ecolibrium article.
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) named Umow Lai among their top three Leadership Consultancies for Green Star certifications in Australia in 2014. Shane Esmore, Umow Lai Director and Head of Sustainability, had the following to say about the achievement: We strive to provide leadership and innovation in the industry and being at the [...]
Innovative solutions with a customer-based focus are the integral notions of the Umow Lai philosophy. This Melbourne based engineering firm is creating unique developments that go far beyond the traditional design brief. Read more about Umow Lai in Australia's Best Building and Construction.
Umow Lai was a finalist in the 2011 - Excellence in Environmental Practices category - announced last night in Sydney. Shane Esmore, a Umow Lai director and their sustainability team leader said: “Being a finalist in this most recognized and respected private sector award is an honour and certainly a testament to the hard working Umow [...]
A seven-level office building which exhibits new sustainability and fire protection features is being built at 990 La Trobe Street in Melbourne's Docklands. It will provide 12,700 square metres of commercial office space for the major tenant, Melbourne Water. The building is proposed to achieve a six star Green Star design rating which will be [...]