News bulletin 41:
News bulletin 41: 13 Oct 2020

The Sustainable Building Design Amendment C376 that will introduce Environmentally Sustainable Designs (ESD) and the Green Factor Tool for planning has been endorsed by the City of Melbourne. Subject to ministerial authorisation, the amendment is expected to be publically exhibited in the first half of 2021. Meanwhile a response to the NSW Productivity Commission's Green Paper has argued that state's planning and zoning are restrictive.

In Queensland, construction of a second Centenary Bridge at Jindalee in Brisbane is ear-marked to start in 2021 following a funding boost, and is expected to provide hundreds of jobs. In Victoria, Cox Architecture has been announced as the preferred designer of the $1.5 billion Footscray Hospital in Melbourne, with Multiplex as the builder.

A new Chief Commissioner has been appointed to the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) by the state government. The appointee is also the first woman in the role. The NSW Government has advertised for an Executive Director, Precinct Development for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. One of the role's responsibilities will be to deliver a range of large-scale and multi-stage property projects across the state from development to delivery.

The Australian Constructors Association (ACA) has released a report responding to Infrastructure Australia's last audit, detailing 10 recommendations for government and industry.

HeidelbergCement has supplied 3D material for Germany's first on-site concrete printed residential two-storey building, which was developed by its Italcementi subsidiary. Another of its companies, Hanson, whose Australian office is an Institute Silver Member, has supplied 6000 mᶟ of ready-mixed concrete mixes to BAM Nuttall to build a new sea wall in Devon in the UK.

Tjuringa House has been completed in Toowoomba, Queensland, that showcases a sculptural concrete roof cap (pictured) that appears to float above the structure. The house was built with as many recycled materials from a previous structure as possible.