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Roman Spur showing how concrete paving can become productive garden beds.

Backyard veggies the key to sustainability engagement

It’s not talk about climate change that best convinces executive types to embrace sustainability, according to sustainable design engineer Roman Spur – it’s talking fresh homegrown lettuce, working less and…

Josh Harris

Special report: Carbon farming and the ERF

The failure of the Emissions Reduction Fund continues with reports this week of pre-existing projects reaping generous government hand-outs achieving little additional carbon abatement and nowhere near the government’s stated…

Tonsley Central Forest

Forget siestas, “green micro-breaks” could boost work productivity

Most of us know firsthand that spending time in nature can make us feel better. This isn’t just a placebo effect: decades of research show that seeing vegetation, water, light,…

Elizabeth Broderick

Property sector pushes for gender diversity

There’s a big push on for gender diversity right now. Where did it start and who’s got the bug? Andi Yu investigates and talks to several industry leaders including Ming…

Paul Meikle, Honeywell product marketing manager at the launch event

New building technology for humans and buildings

Honeywell has launched a new building technology platform that aims to improve operational efficiency across both the human resources and building systems aspects through integrating data and enabling precise management…

Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh to be sold

Eveleigh’s ATP on the market by tender

The NSW Government said on Tuesday it will sell another prime asset, the Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh that has transformed over two decades from a former rail hub to…

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Our pick of jobs this week

The NSW Government Office of Finance and Services is undertaking a major reform of NSW government property and is seeking an energy and sustainability manager to develop, implement and manage…

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Our pick of jobs this week

The City of Sydney is now in the process of recruiting its chief resilience officer, a $220,000+ a year position created as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities…

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Victorian Government Architect position up for grabs

The Andrews Government is searching for the next Victorian Government Architect, following the position being left vacant under the previous Liberal government following Geoffrey London standing down last year.

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Ex-Microsoft CTO Greg Stone joins Arup

The former chief technology officer of Microsoft Australia has joined global engineering, planning and design heavyweight Arup as regional leader of digital services across Australasia.

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Elizabeth Broderick

Property sector pushes for gender diversity

There’s a big push on for gender diversity right now. Where did it start and who’s got the bug? Andi Yu investigates and talks to several industry leaders including Ming…

Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh to be sold

Eveleigh’s ATP on the market by tender

The NSW Government said on Tuesday it will sell another prime asset, the Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh that has transformed over two decades from a former rail hub to…

Green Square lot fast tracked and for sale

BRIEF: UrbanGrowth NSW has offered for sale a “superlot” of land at the Green Square Town Centre development at least five years ahead of schedule in order to create a…

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NABERS teams up with GRESB

Brief: The NABERS rating system for buildings is to partner with the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, cementing a global push from the rating system for buildings. In the past…

WGE first to get GBCA “recognised provider” status

Brief: Wood & Grieve Engineers has become the first company validated under the Green Building Council of Australia’s new “recognised provider” program, awarded to companies with technical expertise in the…

How to tackle business and household e-waste

Australia has one of the highest per capita volumes of e-waste in the world, according to new research by the Economist Intelligence Unit, with an average amount of 19.71 kg…

Design & Technology

Paul Meikle, Honeywell product marketing manager at the launch event

New building technology for humans and buildings

Honeywell has launched a new building technology platform that aims to improve operational efficiency across both the human resources and building systems aspects through integrating data and enabling precise management…

Transit oriented development set to take off

Transit oriented development is set to make an enormous impact on Australia’s urban landscape over the next 50 years, as governments seek to tackle social and economic pressures in large…

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Sydney moves to target apartment sustainability

Increased BASIX targets and mandatory disclosure of energy performance for apartment buildings are some of the ambitious strategies the City of Sydney hopes to implement as part of its plan…

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Investa’s tenant engagement program goes national

According to Jason Leong, chief operations officer for Investa Office, the fund’s national tenant retention strategy is designed to work on several levels – sustainability, energy efficiency, waste and hopefully…

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Josh Harris

Special report: Carbon farming and the ERF

The failure of the Emissions Reduction Fund continues with reports this week of pre-existing projects reaping generous government hand-outs achieving little additional carbon abatement and nowhere near the government’s stated…

Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh to be sold

Eveleigh’s ATP on the market by tender

The NSW Government said on Tuesday it will sell another prime asset, the Australian Technology Park at Eveleigh that has transformed over two decades from a former rail hub to…

Smashing the RET

COMMENT (UPDATED 19 May 2015): The federal government has won in its attempts to smash a huge part of the Renewable Energy Target, destroying an estimated $6 billion in much…

Renewables face an uphill battle in WA

Western Australia’s renewable energy sector faces bigger barriers than uncertainty around the Renewable Energy Target, with a distribution company and retailers whose policies create disincentives for commercial solar installations.

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Roman Spur showing how concrete paving can become productive garden beds.

Backyard veggies the key to sustainability engagement

It’s not talk about climate change that best convinces executive types to embrace sustainability, according to sustainable design engineer Roman Spur – it’s talking fresh homegrown lettuce, working less and…

Tonsley Central Forest

Forget siestas, “green micro-breaks” could boost work productivity

Most of us know firsthand that spending time in nature can make us feel better. This isn’t just a placebo effect: decades of research show that seeing vegetation, water, light,…

Case Studies

Case study: Legal eagles keep it green

The fitout at law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s new Brisbane office at One One One Eagle Street had to meet some strict sustainability guidelines in keeping with the building’s 6…

Arts and Letters

Romance Was Born – the fashion label that will feature at the Venice Biennale next year

Time to close your eyes and think of Venice

Close your eyes and imagine it’s the Venice Biennale, the architectural one, next year. What will the Aussies spring on the world this time? You approach Australia’s new pavilion by…

Book review: Mindful Work by David Gelles

Mindfulness meditation is right up there with the Paleo diet in hipster parlance, but as David Gelles explains in his comprehensive book about the practice, when big companies like Monsanto…

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Book review: The Politics of Green Transformations

So often the politics of sustainability is reduced to a series of banner statements and media release bantering, The Politics of Green Transformations however goes deeply into the fundamental architectures…

Book review: Biomimicry Resource Handbook

Late last year Biomimicry 3.8 released a paperback edition of Dr Dayna Baumeister’s seminal guide to life-centric approaches to design, and what a gift it is for anyone looking to…