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RMIT: from grey ghosts to stylish green

It’s been five years, but the transformation of RMIT’s “grey ghost” 1960s buildings into sustainable state-of-the-art and uber-stylish spaces is now complete.

Get set for dangerous heat, doctors warn

Doctors are calling for better extreme heat preparedness as record-breaking warm weather over winter raises prospects of a severe Australian summer. Led by former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona…

Aurecon sweeps the Consult Australia awards

Aurecon has swept this year’s Consult Australia Awards for Excellence, taking home four awards including Large Firm of the Year, and the Sustainability in Design award for the $1.8 billion…

Australia warned on sea-level rise and extreme weather

The devastating effects of hurricanes, floods and storm surges currently impacting the US, Caribbean, Cuba and Bahamas could soon be felt by Australian cities if we don’t urgently focus on adaptation and resilience.

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Unpacking the Build to Rent portfolio

Build to Rent could become a strategically important contributor to the future housing landscape, helping renters to obtain secure, relatively affordable housing, while providing a stable, long-term investment. But the government needs to step up to make it an attractive proposition.

New community solar power guide released

Community-driven renewable energy projects are moving ahead in leaps and bounds, and the Coalition for Community Energy aims to give more aspiring projects a leg up with a new edition of its Small Scale Community Solar Guide.

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New community solar power guide released

Community-driven renewable energy projects are moving ahead in leaps and bounds, and the Coalition for Community Energy aims to give more aspiring projects a leg up with a new edition of its Small Scale Community Solar Guide.

European battle continues over 2030 energy efficiency target

Members of the European Parliament’s environment committee voted last week for a legally binding target of a 40 per cent increase in energy efficiency by 2030, as well as the closing of a number of loopholes that undermined annual energy savings.

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According to CitySmart chief executive Neil Horrocks gamification is the way to go if you want to change behaviour patterns and break bad habits.

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WA bans plastic bags, as all eyes turn to NSW

The Western Australian government has confirmed it will ban plastic bags from 1 July 2018, bringing it into line with commitments from Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the ACT.

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WA budget sees no climate or energy action

Strong public transport commitments have been announced in the McGowan Government’s first budget for Western Australia. But in a tough environment where a surplus won’t be seen until 2020-21, climate change has been all but forgotten.

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Get set for dangerous heat, doctors warn

Doctors are calling for better extreme heat preparedness as record-breaking warm weather over winter raises prospects of a severe Australian summer. Led by former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona…

Australia warned on sea-level rise and extreme weather

The devastating effects of hurricanes, floods and storm surges currently impacting the US, Caribbean, Cuba and Bahamas could soon be felt by Australian cities if we don’t urgently focus on adaptation and resilience.

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RMIT: from grey ghosts to stylish green

It’s been five years, but the transformation of RMIT’s “grey ghost” 1960s buildings into sustainable state-of-the-art and uber-stylish spaces is now complete.

Unpacking the Build to Rent portfolio

Build to Rent could become a strategically important contributor to the future housing landscape, helping renters to obtain secure, relatively affordable housing, while providing a stable, long-term investment. But the government needs to step up to make it an attractive proposition.

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From tiny homes and clever conversions to renovations in progress and the latest in sustainable technologies, this Sunday’s Sustainable House Day has a raft of reasons to get out of your house and into someone else’s.

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Australia dithers on energy while the world gets on with it

While in Australia we argue about keeping a 45-year-old coal fired power plant operational, removing renewable targets and changing the meaning of “clean” to include dirty, we seem to be drifting further away from the rest of the world.

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RMIT: from grey ghosts to stylish green

It’s been five years, but the transformation of RMIT’s “grey ghost” 1960s buildings into sustainable state-of-the-art and uber-stylish spaces is now complete.

Get set for dangerous heat, doctors warn

Doctors are calling for better extreme heat preparedness as record-breaking warm weather over winter raises prospects of a severe Australian summer. Led by former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona…

Aurecon sweeps the Consult Australia awards

Aurecon has swept this year’s Consult Australia Awards for Excellence, taking home four awards including Large Firm of the Year, and the Sustainability in Design award for the $1.8 billion…

Australia warned on sea-level rise and extreme weather

The devastating effects of hurricanes, floods and storm surges currently impacting the US, Caribbean, Cuba and Bahamas could soon be felt by Australian cities if we don’t urgently focus on adaptation and resilience.

apartments against sky

Unpacking the Build to Rent portfolio

Build to Rent could become a strategically important contributor to the future housing landscape, helping renters to obtain secure, relatively affordable housing, while providing a stable, long-term investment. But the government needs to step up to make it an attractive proposition.

New community solar power guide released

Community-driven renewable energy projects are moving ahead in leaps and bounds, and the Coalition for Community Energy aims to give more aspiring projects a leg up with a new edition of its Small Scale Community Solar Guide.

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ACT Government: Climate Change Policy Officer

The Climate Change and Sustainability Division is seeking to employ a Policy Officer to develop and implement policy advice on climate change issues, covering energy, transport (including electric vehicles), waste, buildings, carbon offsets and alternative low emission fuel sources.

Our pick of jobs this week

Could zero carbon cement be here sooner than we think? Cement Australia is looking for a Brisbane-based Principal Sustainability Advisor to collaborate with business units and sites to develop a…

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The NSW Government is hiring a Principal Planning Officer and Senior Planning Officer for its WaterSmart Cities Program. These roles present an exciting opportunity for experienced planning, economics or policy…

Our pick of jobs this week

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RMIT: from grey ghosts to stylish green

It’s been five years, but the transformation of RMIT’s “grey ghost” 1960s buildings into sustainable state-of-the-art and uber-stylish spaces is now complete.

Get set for dangerous heat, doctors warn

Doctors are calling for better extreme heat preparedness as record-breaking warm weather over winter raises prospects of a severe Australian summer. Led by former Australian of the Year Professor Fiona…

See More »

Building

RMIT: from grey ghosts to stylish green

It’s been five years, but the transformation of RMIT’s “grey ghost” 1960s buildings into sustainable state-of-the-art and uber-stylish spaces is now complete.

Unpacking the Build to Rent portfolio

Build to Rent could become a strategically important contributor to the future housing landscape, helping renters to obtain secure, relatively affordable housing, while providing a stable, long-term investment. But the government needs to step up to make it an attractive proposition.

Sustainable House Day: our favourites

From tiny homes and clever conversions to renovations in progress and the latest in sustainable technologies, this Sunday’s Sustainable House Day has a raft of reasons to get out of your house and into someone else’s.

See More »