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New Zealand going big on green bonds

New Zealand energy gentailer Contact Energy recently launched the first Climate Bond- certified Green Borrowing Program in NZ in a move that promises to kick start a new arm to…

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Respect for planners is crucial for liveable cities

A few weeks ago, The Fifth Estate covered the burgeoning demand for planners in Australia. As our cities and their populations grow at a rapid pace, it follows that more…

5 next generation technologies for low-carbon cooling

Robotic shading and smart facade materials that breathe could cool buildings by up to 5°C and reduce the need for airconditioning by 25 per cent, according to the Spain’s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC).

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How plastics are being reinvented for the future

Though widely maligned and criticised, plastics are not only here to stay – they’re also essential for our future, says UK sustainable plastics expert Dr John Williams whose company is about to launch what it claims is a bio degradable plastic.

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Macquarie finalises UK green bank purchase

Australian-owned Macquarie Group has completed the acquisition of the UK Green Investment Bank from the British Government for a price of £2.3 billion (AU$3.7b). However, despite the company’s pledge to…

NSW commits to integrated design policy

The NSW government has adopted a state-wide policy that “establishes a baseline” of what is expected across all NSW projects in terms of design, and according to the Australian Institute…

Canberra’s answer to a lively Greek village

When Johnathan Efkarpidis, the director of Molonglo Group and one of the masterminds behind the world-acclaimed NewActon precinct, told me of his vision for Dairy Road, I was startled.

Australian leadership: zero carbon cement possible in 10 years

Cement creates more carbon emissions than every car in the world combined, but Beyond Zero Emissions has cooked up a plan for Australia to lead the world with a zero carbon cement industry. And one that could help reverse job losses through the closure of coal plants.

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Corruption concerns over NSW’s mandatory planning panel push

Property lobby groups are overjoyed by the NSW government’s announcement it will install mandatory planning panels to approve development applications, but the local government sector and opposition parties say there are probity and accountability issues.

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NSW commits to integrated design policy

The NSW government has adopted a state-wide policy that “establishes a baseline” of what is expected across all NSW projects in terms of design, and according to the Australian Institute…

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Federal policy sorely lacking on cooling cities

Federal policy on the urban island heat island effect is a sorely missing piece of the puzzle to cool our cities, according to the CRC for Low Carbon Living chief executive Professor Deo Prasad.

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Robotic shading and smart facade materials that breathe could cool buildings by up to 5°C and reduce the need for airconditioning by 25 per cent, according to the Spain’s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC).

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Australian leadership: zero carbon cement possible in 10 years

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How plastics are being reinvented for the future

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Macquarie finalises UK green bank purchase

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Australian leadership: zero carbon cement possible in 10 years

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How plastics are being reinvented for the future

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Robotic shading and smart facade materials that breathe could cool buildings by up to 5°C and reduce the need for airconditioning by 25 per cent, according to the Spain’s Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC).

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Australian leadership: zero carbon cement possible in 10 years

Cement creates more carbon emissions than every car in the world combined, but Beyond Zero Emissions has cooked up a plan for Australia to lead the world with a zero carbon cement industry. And one that could help reverse job losses through the closure of coal plants.

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