Building Smarter Cities

With each new technological advancement in the construction industry comes an increased pressure for developers to build toward a “smart” design. Whether this means a complete grid-integrated solution for an entire community or even city, or merely a conscientious approach to building management and design, electric grid-powered cars, intuitive lighting systems and interactive desire-driven home interfaces are quickly becoming the norm…

October 5, 2015, 12:22 PM AEDT

In Focus


Harmonising Nature and the Built Environment »

Building design has evolved over time, using a variety of materials and resources to meet the builder’s demands. The materials have evolved as well, with engineers, architects, and scientists using innovation to improve their application and overall efficiency, driving development in residential, commercial and industrial construction.


Adelaide’s Architectural Icon »

A mesmerising new building shimmers above Adelaide’s River Torrens. Called everything from the spaceship and the prickly pear to the cheese grater and the pine cone, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) is anything but ordinary.

South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute

Innovation in Construction »

The resource boom in Australia has had far-reaching impacts on other industries, including the construction sector. As a direct result of the boom, there was an enormous inflow of international capital, foreign investments, skilled migrant labour – as well as its associated expertise – and new materials and applications. All factors have had a role in shaping Australia’s growth and developme

Building up Ideas and Constructing Results

Building Clients for Life »

The APS Group has clients covered from the cradle to the grave. “Our company motto is ‘client for life,’” says Director Tony Schnaars.

APS Group

Three Generations of Quality Construction »

From humble beginnings great companies are born, and Onesector Pty Ltd Construction serves as a prime example of the strength that comes from a focused business treating all customers with respect, professionalism and experience.

Onesector Pty Ltd Construction

Family Business »

It’s simple, really – a company whose name comes from the founders' initials, and has grown organically since its inception.

J+CG Constructions

Sustainable Solutions, Competitively Priced »

Weathertex is an Australian owned and operated company that offers builders, architects and homeowners an exterior cladding solution that is unique across the industry – a product that is naturally sourced, lightweight and easy to work with, competitively priced, and sustainably and ecologically produced, all while guaranteed not to rot, split or crack for twenty-five years.


Connecting Communities »

OptiComm is a telecommunications carrier, and the single largest privately owned and operated provider of fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) networks in Australia. The company designs, constructs, operates and maintains fibre networks for business and residential developments.


A New Perspective »

Ever since Google Glass hit the scene, the market has been buzzing about this new, wearable technology and how it will affect everyday life, from emailing and photo sharing to navigating and telephoning. But the potential for Glass’ augmented reality goes far beyond casual use. The technology could also be a major boon to the construction industry and insiders are already imagining how it might

The Impact of Google Glass on the Construction Industry

Smart Waste Solutions »

The irresistible rise to prominence of the waste treatment and recycling industry in the last decade or so has been well documented...

Solo Resource Recovery

Products of the Imagination »

National Polystyrene Systems makes things out of expanded polystyrene. What it makes is up to you, because the only limits are on the individual customer's imagination than on what the company can manufacture or mould.

National Polystyrene Systems

Sustainable Heating Solutions »

Evoheat is bringing Australians innovative new options for sustainable heating and cooling. “Energy efficiency is something that everybody is looking for these days,” Co-founder Travis McNeill points out.