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Sunshine Coast Solar Farm

2Construction has started at the Sunshine Coast on what will be Australia’s largest council-owned solar farm, and the fifth largest in the country overall.

Located at Valdora the farm will cover over 24 hectares and generate 15,000 kilowatts of electricity at peak performance.

Intended to save the Sunshine Coast Council money in the long term, the installation will offset all of the organisations electricity consumption across its administration buildings, performance venue, swimming pools, community centres, holiday parks, art galleries, sport facilities and libraries – and still give energy back to the grid.

We think it’s great to see Queensland taking the lead in renewable energy initiatives like this, we’d like to see more!

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Unprotected Steel

1Looking to build on the beach front? Keen to capture that ocean view and breeze? Don’t forget to “shore” up your structural steel, or else you may have to “wave” goodbye to your building.

This startling image of a site recently discovered by the QBCC serves as a gritty reminder of how corrosive the air in ocean suburbs can be. Found not more than 500 metres from breaking surf this footing was installed without the proper corrosion protection, and is now compromised.

Take a peek at the image here, or learn more about the relevant Building Code of Australia here.

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Villa Bio House

1Nestled into a town about an hour out of Barcelona in Llers (hometown of Salvado Dali) lies the architectural product of Ruiz-Geli’s Cloud 9 studio.

The home itself pushes openness through expansive glass sections making the most of natural light, and is set out like a spiral starting from the underground garage all the way up to the master bedroom.

Key features include significant exposed concrete sections, a 50-foot cantilevered section and a hydroponic rooftop garden. Light amplifiers in the ceiling use energy saving sensors to reproduce the colour and feel of daylight.

Read more about the unique house here.

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First carbon neutral house in Singapore!

Singapore2This cleverly designed house generates more electricity than it consumes, costs a similar amount as comparable properties in the area…and looks great!

Designed to point to traditional Singaporean architecture, the house features round sweeping edges and a compact layout, incorporating a swimming pool and large balcony – and is the first of its kind in Singapore!

Clever planning has gone into the houses layout and design to facilitate and regulate airflow, temperature, rainfall and light, with special consideration to Singapore’s’ hot and humid climate.

Take a look at this article for more info and pictures.

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