The Urban Heat Island Effect

Australian cities are typically hotter than surrounding suburbs.

Causes include:

1. Replacing natural permeable surfaces like grass, plants or bushland with high density concrete and asphalt.

2. Concentration of energy (people, cars, increased resource use)

3. Urban Canyons, which are created when tall buildings flank either side of a street, further contribute to the UHI by affecting or reducing airflow and creating larger surface areas to adsorb heat.

The UHI has wider implications for health, air quality, environmental condition and resource use and is representative of a wider global climate change issue. Designing with climate change and environmental factors in mind is fast becoming an essential directive in construction and communities planning. 

According to the “World Green Building Trends 2018“ report by DODGE, Data & Analytics, Australia leads the global green building sector, with mature green building market activity.

How are new Adelaide builds tackling climate change?

nRAH - Incorporated 3.8 hectares of landscaped parks, featuring over 70 courtyards, terraces and sky gardens across 9 levels.

Bowden Precinct - Stipulated a minimum 5 star green star rating on new builds, making it one of the most sustainable communities in Australia.

SAHMRI - The first projects in SA and the first laboratory in AUS to achieve the LEED Gold Certification, a globally recognised symbol of sustainability achievement.

U-CITY - Recognised as one of Australia’s ‘greenest’ buildings by design to date and is predicted to use 45% less energy and 30% less water than a comparable new building.

Acura has a range of products with low Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) levels, to support green star projects. Call us now on 1300 750 750 to see how we can meet your needs.

Superior building sustainability is quickly becoming synonymous with quality in the construction industry today. According to the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Australia will construct more than 40 million sqm of certified green building space by 2020. The global green building materials market is expected to accelerate rapidly, reaching $377 billion by 2022.