With the growing concern for the environment, people are becoming more aware of their activities. The construction sector has been identified as one of the leading causes of pollution. The current trend is to incorporate environmental factors such as climate and material safety…
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This goes especially true for buildings which are designed to withstand wind, ice and earthquake loads with a minimal consideration of the effects of the building and even the construction process to the hydrological, biological, chemical and physical balance and sustainability to the immediate and even far flung environments.
The Building and Construction Sector (BCS) holds significance in Northern Australia for many reasons and has real importance for sustainability because of the life of the built product, often 50-100 years or more, as well as the implications for our environment, our social life and our economy. The BCS is a large producer and consumer of resources, including materials, labor, finance, and energy, both during and post construction. It is often a key indicator of economic stability and investment and is a target of government monetary policy to manipulate a volatile economy. It is a large direct employer, and indirectly supports all other sectors including, mining, manufacture, agriculture, transport, and commerce. It also results in the alteration, destruction, or redefining of the natural environment, and has significant impacts on the land, water and air. (Cole, 2002)
How our built environment is planned, designed, and constructed can largely determine our quality of life. A well-planned and designed built environment will consider the natural environment and validate it as intrinsically important and also necessary to our own wellbeing. The human built environment can and must be one that supports ongoing wellness and integrity of the natural environment as well as the individual and society, whilst maintaining social and economic prosperity. The sustainability of our built environment, and our physical health and emotional wellbeing is intrinsically linked to the quality of the environment.
This paper will examine the details, costs and benefits of constructing a building that incorporates environmental consideration such as climate considerations energy efficiency. We will be mainly concern in determining the construction process in Northern Australia.
Northern Australia: A Profile
Northern Australia is generally considered to include the States and territories of Australia of Queensland and the Northern Territory. The part of Western Australia (WA) north of latitude 26 south - a definition widely used in law and State government policy - is also usually included.
Although it comprises about half of the total area of Australia, northern Australia includes only about one fifth of the Australian population and only one city of more than one million people (Brisbane). However, it includes the main sources of Australian exports, being coal from the Great Dividing Range in Queensland and the natural gas and iron ore of the Pilbara region in WA. It also includes major natural tourist attractions, such as Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Great Barrier Reef and the Kakadu National Park.
The area is also notable for its primarily tropical, sub-tropical, or arid environmental and climatic conditions. Figure 1 presents the average Daily Maximum Temperatur
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