What Victoria’s earthquake tells us about the safety of our structures
Australia has earthquake safety regulations, but University of Melbourne experts say the earthquake reminds us about the safety of our buildings and structures.
How our housing can make it feel like a Russian winter
Australia’s housing isn’t geared to deal efficiently with our Southern winters – we need learn from the Northern Hemisphere, says University of Melbourne expert
The particles making building cladding fire-safe
University of Melbourne researchers and industry have found that tiny ceramic particles can make plastic-backed cladding fire-safe for building.
When building glass breaks dangerously it is a design problem
Glass shattered on the former ICI building in Melbourne in the 1960s but we haven't learned the lessons from the past, says a University of Melbourne expert.
Nanoclay can stop cladding fires spreading
University of Melbourne researchers have found that treating cladding with nanoclay can stop cladding fires like the Grenfell fire from spreading
Cladding fires: a fatal warning of a bigger problem
The Grenfell fire is a warning of the danger of performance-based building codes compared with 1980s prescriptive approaches says University of Melbourne expert
Why apartments are failing the heat stress test
Most of Melbourne's apartments would fail international building health standards during a heatwave, and Australian building standards don't cover heat stress.
Send us baby food, board games - and some barmaids
Newly-released Red Cross Australia records show the relief effort after Cyclone Tracy devastated Darwin involved supplying all kinds of aid to residents.