Government needs to commit to a longer term plan with targets and a clear process for code updates out to 2030.

Spies serves on the Technical Advisory Board of the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE).

Advances in virtual reality technology are changing architecture and the methods employed in designing buildings.

In trend terms private sector house approvals are at their highest level since 2003, according to ABS data.

Proposed changes will be incorporated into the current Green Star Future Focus review.

Australia will help in the development of smart and sustainable cities across Southeast Asia.

Master Builders Australia will consult with its 32,000 members.

On average, payments are 26.4 days late which partly explains why the construction industry in Australia accounts for 20 to 25 per cent of all insolvencies.

Each year students from more than 75 countries compete for prizes totalling $4 million.

The redevelopment will create 800 permanent jobs on completion.

Australia averages 107kg of plastic waste per person each year.