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Resilience: It’s not Just About Physical Strength

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 [...]

By |July 7th, 2015|Categories: Summary|

Pressure Mounts to Reform Fire Safety

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 [...]

Inside Story

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 named one of top three Green Star leaders in 2014

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 [...]

Sustainability Service

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’s celebrates success at BRW ANZ Private Business Awards 2011

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 [...]

Design based on actual building characteristics

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 [...]

Umow Lai Adopts Soft Landings, a New Whole-of-life Building Concept

National engineering and building services consultancy Umow Lai is offering clients a new service - Soft Landings. The concept, adopted from a system developed and successfully implemented in the UK, is designed to optimize the ‘whole of life’ performance of buildings through the integration of design and construction with post-occupancy evaluation and a building performance [...]