Australian high rise buildings are inefficient. They do not run efficiently. They are not comfortable enough. They waste energy. They contribute to climate change.
The latest, state-of-the-art high rise office buildings I have visited, get too hot and too cold. In one room you try to work, stifling in the Western sun. There’s no relief except for airconditioning, which is too cold and too erratic. The next room is cold as it faces South. You are uncomfortable standing or sitting next to the glass in either room for much of the year.
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There was a blackout in September in South Australia. It was a disaster. It could have been worse.
It should make us think about energy security, energy independence, and a sustainable, resilient future for all. Storms and blackouts like this should make us think about what happens when we can’t have energy supplied to our homes, offices and hospitals. Do we freeze? Do we overheat? Do our machines break down? Can we eat?
It’s a good opportunity to remind ourselves of changes we need to make.
We need better back-up plans for our changing environment, because our wild weather is going to get worse. Extreme conditions like storms, drought, and fire, are going to be more common. That’s because our climate is changing (and that’s because we have refused to make changes already).
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