The Sustainable Shine Dome: Envisioning Sustainable Futures for Heritage

The University of Canberra has partnered with the Academy of Science, GML Heritage and GHD Engineering, to develop an innovative sustainability plan for a net-zero emissions future for the National Heritage Listed Canberra landmark, the Shine Dome. The multidisciplinary research team led by Michael Jasper, Professor of Architecture, and Tracy Ireland, Professor of Cultural Heritage,…

Councils muscle up for the climate emergency and planning is on the front line

Article by Jan Arreza / The Fifth Estate / 22 September 2020 The NSCES is pleased to see advancements at the local level for encouraging reduced emissions and more environmentally sustainable design. However, more work needs to be done in valuing historic buildings and the embodied energy that is saved when a building is sensitively…

RE-LOVED BUILDINGS – Saving embodied energy for sustainability and climate action

All buildings should be considered for re-use. Demolition and re-building from scratch is neither realistic nor sustainable, while re-use can help combat climate change. Rachel Jackson Rachel Jackson and Jean Rice from NSCES and and other experts are featured in The Fifth Estate a series of articles on re-loved buildings showcasing conservation and adaptive reuse…

Interview with Dr Marcy Rockman

Congratulations to Dr Marcy Rockman for this great interview speaking about the ICOMOS Climate Change and Heritage Working Group linking heritage and climate change and mobilizing the heritage community to climate action.  Marcy makes important observations on the intersections of Black Lives Matter, climate and management of heritage sites. Dr. Marcy Rockman is currently working…

Valuing the environmental performance of historic buildings

This peer reviewed article on Heritage and ESD Valuing the Environmental Performance of Historic Buildings by Ruth Redden and Robert H. Crawford will be published in the Australasian Journal of Environmental Management later this year. Because… “the greenest building is one that is already built” . Carl Elefante ABSTRACT Buildings account for at least one…

ICOMOS releases “Future of Our Pasts” report to increase engagement of cultural heritage in climate action

BAKU, Republic of Azerbaijan, 3 July –  Cultural heritage offers immense and virtually untapped potential to drive climate action and support ethical and equitable transitions by communities towards low carbon, climate resilient development pathways.  Realising that potential, however, requires both better recognition of the cultural dimensions of climate change and adjusting the aims and methodologies…