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The trials of trigen revealed

Trigeneration and cogeneration technology was once the go-to technology for buildings whose owners wanted strong Green Star or NABERS ratings.

How cities can get us halfway to the Paris target

City-level initiatives including low carbon transport and building energy efficiency can achieve 51 per cent of the emissions cuts needed to meet the Paris Agreement, a report by Arup in…

New program aims to open impact investment opportunities

Charitable and purpose-driven organisations will soon have help to make themselves “impact investment ready”, thanks to a new program that could open the door to 20 times the funds currently available through grants.

How to spend an extra US$600 billion a year on climate finance

Jenya Khvatsky’s start-up company CleanTek Market has been founded to create a global online platform to connect clean technology projects, technologies and organisations with investors, end users and intermediaries. Here’s…

APRA considers climate stress tests to avoid the next GFC

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has warned that organisations not taking climate change seriously could undermine the entire financial system. In a speech at the Insurance Council of Australia’s annual…

Presenting the flood-resistant house

As climate change impacts worsen, how we build homes will need to change to protect against hotter temperatures, higher sea levels, and increased storm severity, fire and flood risk.

How to avoid an energy-sucking, defective apartment

In a market where defects abound and energy performance is often below minimum standards, how can you avoid buying an apartment that turns out to be an uncomfortable energy-guzzling or defective…

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The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria is hiring a Director, Renewable Energy Policy to lead the development of Victoria’s renewable energy policy to realise the government’s…

Sustainability Technical Officer, NABERS

There are two roles available within the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) technical team. They will be required to provide support and subject matter expertise as part of…

GBCA: Technical Specialist, New Construction / Precincts

This role will play a key role in the Market Transformation team, providing the opportunity to improve and streamline processes and content, as well as to contribute to the development of new Green Star rating tools.

Dorte Ekelund to retire as ACT planning head

Director-general of Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development for the ACT government Dorte Ekelund has announced she will not renew her contract, which is due to expire in mid-April. Ms Ekelund,…

Our pick of jobs this week

Ironbark Sustainability is looking to add another member to its 20-strong team with a new project management and client liaison role opening up in Sydney. Managing director Paul Brown said…

Energy

The trials of trigen revealed

Trigeneration and cogeneration technology was once the go-to technology for buildings whose owners wanted strong Green Star or NABERS ratings.

GreenSync on expansion path following finance boost

Smart grid tech start-up GreenSync will extend its Australian services and expand internationally following a $11.5 million capital raising that attracted the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Southern Cross Venture…

How energy retrofits are getting easier

The retrofitting game is getting easier. The price of technology and energy-efficient plant trending down in response to growing demand, finance models such as Environmental Upgrade Agreements are resolving the…

Record renewables now in the grid

Renewable energy supplied 21.7 per cent of grid energy in October, the highest figure since complete National Electricity Market data became available, according to the latest pitt&sherry CEDEX report.

Solar tariffs good news in Vic

Victoria’s residential solar owners have cause to celebrate, with a Victorian government announcement that feed-in tariffs for solar power will rise from July 1 next year. Minister for Energy, Environment…

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New program aims to open impact investment opportunities

Charitable and purpose-driven organisations will soon have help to make themselves “impact investment ready”, thanks to a new program that could open the door to 20 times the funds currently available through grants.

APRA considers climate stress tests to avoid the next GFC

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has warned that organisations not taking climate change seriously could undermine the entire financial system. In a speech at the Insurance Council of Australia’s annual…

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Data, cities and a new civic pride

Victorian England. From the shadows of wealth grew poverty. Slums slumped against symbols of civic pride, cowering next to towering town halls funded through rich merchant princes, whose elitist rule…

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Building

Presenting the flood-resistant house

As climate change impacts worsen, how we build homes will need to change to protect against hotter temperatures, higher sea levels, and increased storm severity, fire and flood risk.

Warming up to climate-sensitive design

With 2016 achieving the unenviable title of “world’s hottest year on record” and 2017 already seeing a onslaught of heatwaves in Australia, what are some of the sustainable design features…

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How to spend an extra US$600 billion a year on climate finance

Jenya Khvatsky’s start-up company CleanTek Market has been founded to create a global online platform to connect clean technology projects, technologies and organisations with investors, end users and intermediaries. Here’s…

Data, cities and a new civic pride

Victorian England. From the shadows of wealth grew poverty. Slums slumped against symbols of civic pride, cowering next to towering town halls funded through rich merchant princes, whose elitist rule…

Warming up to climate-sensitive design

With 2016 achieving the unenviable title of “world’s hottest year on record” and 2017 already seeing a onslaught of heatwaves in Australia, what are some of the sustainable design features…

5

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The summer break reading list

The Place Economy – edited and curated by Andrew Hoyne A gargantuan and gorgeous tome, The Place Economy brings together essays, case studies and first-person perspectives from academics, architects, developers,…

Clive Hamilton on how protest works

Successful movements always start with just a handful of people, according to Clive Hamilton, but now is the time to take more risks to protest on climate, he says. Six…

Book Review: Smarter Buildings Better Experiences

There’s a lot of buzz about how technology can deliver more sustainable buildings, but for the layperson, understanding exactly what’s what and why it might matter can be somewhat challenging.

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News From The Front

The trials of trigen revealed

Trigeneration and cogeneration technology was once the go-to technology for buildings whose owners wanted strong Green Star or NABERS ratings.

How cities can get us halfway to the Paris target

City-level initiatives including low carbon transport and building energy efficiency can achieve 51 per cent of the emissions cuts needed to meet the Paris Agreement, a report by Arup in…

New program aims to open impact investment opportunities

Charitable and purpose-driven organisations will soon have help to make themselves “impact investment ready”, thanks to a new program that could open the door to 20 times the funds currently available through grants.

How to spend an extra US$600 billion a year on climate finance

Jenya Khvatsky’s start-up company CleanTek Market has been founded to create a global online platform to connect clean technology projects, technologies and organisations with investors, end users and intermediaries. Here’s…

APRA considers climate stress tests to avoid the next GFC

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority has warned that organisations not taking climate change seriously could undermine the entire financial system. In a speech at the Insurance Council of Australia’s annual…

Presenting the flood-resistant house

As climate change impacts worsen, how we build homes will need to change to protect against hotter temperatures, higher sea levels, and increased storm severity, fire and flood risk.

How to avoid an energy-sucking, defective apartment

In a market where defects abound and energy performance is often below minimum standards, how can you avoid buying an apartment that turns out to be an uncomfortable energy-guzzling or defective…

Jobs and Business News

Our pick of jobs this week

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria is hiring a Director, Renewable Energy Policy to lead the development of Victoria’s renewable energy policy to realise the government’s…

Sustainability Technical Officer, NABERS

There are two roles available within the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) technical team. They will be required to provide support and subject matter expertise as part of…

GBCA: Technical Specialist, New Construction / Precincts

This role will play a key role in the Market Transformation team, providing the opportunity to improve and streamline processes and content, as well as to contribute to the development of new Green Star rating tools.

Dorte Ekelund to retire as ACT planning head

Director-general of Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development for the ACT government Dorte Ekelund has announced she will not renew her contract, which is due to expire in mid-April. Ms Ekelund,…

Our pick of jobs this week

Ironbark Sustainability is looking to add another member to its 20-strong team with a new project management and client liaison role opening up in Sydney. Managing director Paul Brown said…

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ebooks

Design & Technology

The trials of trigen revealed

Trigeneration and cogeneration technology was once the go-to technology for buildings whose owners wanted strong Green Star or NABERS ratings.

Our pick of jobs this week

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning in Victoria is hiring a Director, Renewable Energy Policy to lead the development of Victoria’s renewable energy policy to realise the government’s…

See More »

Building

Presenting the flood-resistant house

As climate change impacts worsen, how we build homes will need to change to protect against hotter temperatures, higher sea levels, and increased storm severity, fire and flood risk.

Warming up to climate-sensitive design

With 2016 achieving the unenviable title of “world’s hottest year on record” and 2017 already seeing a onslaught of heatwaves in Australia, what are some of the sustainable design features…

5

See More »