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The green bonds era has begun, and it’s good news for property

By Cameron Jewell

24 July 2014 — A new report released by the Climate Bonds Initiative and HSBC shows that the market for green bonds, a debt instrument for financing projects that tackle climate change, is exploding.
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  • News From The Front

    • News from the front desk: Issue No 201On California dreaming. Not. This is a reality check 24 July 2014 — Rob Stokes has made good the hopes of his many fans. The NSW Environment Minister, known for being a supporter of renewable energy, has a made a pitch for more sustainable NSW, with renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental outcomes high on the priority for the Baird government.
    • The green bonds era has begun, and it’s good news for propertyBy Cameron Jewell 24 July 2014 — A new report released by the Climate Bonds Initiative and HSBC shows that the market for green bonds, a debt instrument for financing projects that tackle climate change, is exploding. And the sustainable built environment is expected to benefit greatly, with green buildings and urban improvement bonds expected to comprise more than 50 per cent of the market in the long term.
    • NSW-style guidelines proposed for Melbourne’s high rise resiBy Willow Aliento 24 July 2014 — Guidelines for minimum apartment sizes based on New South Wales policies are being developed by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, provoking an outcry from Melbourne developers. However, the measures have been supported by a recent City of Melbourne report – Homes for People: Draft Housing Strategy 2014-2018 – which was submitted to the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee in June, and states that recent wave of new apartment developments were too small and too expensive.
    • David Karotkin: better mix of rules and risk-taking could improve sustainability outcomesBy Willow Aliento 24 July 2014 — Implementing the New South Wales guidelines for multi-residential projects nationwide could improve quality sustainability outcomes while speeding up development approval, the new president of the Australian Institute of Architects David Karotkin says. In an interview with The Fifth Estate, Karotkin also says the AIA is launching a sustainability strategy that will create guiding principles for more future-thinking design.
    • Lord Howe Island turns to renewables to wean off diesel24 July 2014 — A one megawatt, $11.6 million renewable energy project with storage will see Lord Howe Island reduce its diesel consumption by 70 per cent, thanks to $4.5 million in funding by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
    • Perth hosts IBM Smart Cities team 24 July 2014 — BRIEF: Perth is currently hosting a team of international and local IBM experts as part of an IBM Smarter Cities Challenge grant. The city is one of only 16 globally to be awarded the grant, which is valued at $500,000.
    • Infrastructure Australia scathing of government roads funding24 July 2014 — BRIEF: A leaked report from Infrastructure Australia – Spend more, waste more, Australia's roads in 2014: moving beyond gambling – has found that state-run road entities are holding governments “captive” with demands for more funding, and that governments are assuming roads are the answer to transport problems with little consideration of alternatives enjoyed by other developed parts of the world.
    • Productivity Commission report: economic rationalism delivering irrational approaches to infrastructure By Willow Aliento 24 July 2014 — The Productivity Commission’s report on the recent Inquiry into public infrastructure concludes there is an urgent need to overhaul processes for assessing and developing projects, with major issues including poor value for money, the need for governments to maintain partial or full funding and rising costs, partially due to the resources boom.
    • 333 George Street, the latest addition to a premium Sydney zoneBy Tina Perinotto 24 July 2014 — Sydney Lord Mayor Clove Moore was chuffed. Charter Hall’s 333 George Street on the corner of Martin Place would “help redefine George Street and return it to its status as the city’s main promenade”, she said. The owners say the building has “intelligent design” and will help Sydney “stay abreast of its international competitors”.
    • Grants for cities to build resilience24 July 2014: BRIEF: Applications are now open for the second round of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. Any city with a population over 50,000 can apply, including regional centres.
    • Clean Energy Council releases solar guide for households 24 July 2014 — BRIEF: The Clean Energy Council has released a solar power guide for consumers that details a seven-step process to help select the ideal solar system.
    • Ché Wall: why green property bonds are game changersBy Tina Perinotto 24 July 2014 — According to Ché Wall, director of Flux consultants, the potential of green bonds for property is a game changer, particularly in Australia.
    • ARENA funds CSIRO to map wave energy potential23 July 2014 — BRIEF: The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $1.3 million in funding for CSIRO to create a “wave energy atlas” that will allow proponents to better assess the feasibility of Australian wave power projects.
    • The density dilemma and the argument for space as “sensation, possibility, feelings”By Greg Paine 23 July 2014 — For a long time a “denser” model of living has been seen in Australia as somehow a lesser or second rate way of living, especially given our financial, emotional and political investment in the car-based suburban model.
    • NSW wants to be the “California of Australia” on energy and environmentBy Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — New South Wales Environment Minister Rob Stokes has said the state could be Australia's answer to California as he launched a new resource efficiency policy that will see government agencies pursuing solar leasing, energy efficiency projects including lighting upgrades, minimum 4.5 star NABERS ratings and environmental upgrade agreements.
    • Australia “isolated and economically vulnerable” in wake of carbon tax repeal22 July 2014 — BRIEF: Australia is becoming increasingly globally isolated and economically vulnerable, as countries like Korea and China move toward national emissions trading schemes, a new report warns.
    • Report: value creation hot spots shift to cities22 July 2014 — Eighty per cent of goods and services value in Australia is produced on just 0.2 per cent of the nation’s land mass, mostly in city CBDs, a new Grattan Institute report has found.
    • Charter Hall on why demand and bottom line logic keeps driving sustainabilityBy Willow Aliento 22 July 2014 – The market in general is strengthening – for sustainability in particular, because it has a bottom line logic – but what’s going on in Brisbane is a market in transition, according to the Charter Hall view.
    • Good bones give Charter Hall's 570 Bourke Street project a head startBy Willow Aliento 22 July 2014 – Charter Hall’s building at 570 Bourke Street in Melbourne, completed in 1969, is currently subject to a major redevelopment including an 11-storey addition at the front of the existing building.
    • CEFC creates Australia’s first clean energy infrastructure investment fundBy Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — After Environment Minister Greg Hunt told last week’s Built Environment Meets Parliament Conference the Clean Energy Finance Corporation could have “a considerable future”, the organisation has backed it up, today (Tuesday) announcing $80 million in funding for a $500 million-plus Clean Energy Infrastructure Fund, as well as a $120 million program to fund solar leasing and power purchase agreements.
  • Business

    • The green bonds era has begun, and it’s good news for propertyBy Cameron Jewell 24 July 2014 — A new report released by the Climate Bonds Initiative and HSBC shows that the market for green bonds, a debt instrument for financing projects that tackle climate change, is exploding. And the sustainable built environment is expected to benefit greatly, with green buildings and urban improvement bonds expected to comprise more than 50 per cent of the market in the long term.
  • Business

    • Ché Wall: why green property bonds are game changersBy Tina Perinotto 24 July 2014 — According to Ché Wall, director of Flux consultants, the potential of green bonds for property is a game changer, particularly in Australia.
    • CEFC creates Australia’s first clean energy infrastructure investment fundBy Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — After Environment Minister Greg Hunt told last week’s Built Environment Meets Parliament Conference the Clean Energy Finance Corporation could have “a considerable future”, the organisation has backed it up, today (Tuesday) announcing $80 million in funding for a $500 million-plus Clean Energy Infrastructure Fund, as well as a $120 million program to fund solar leasing and power purchase agreements.
    • Zero-cost solar gets a boost through CEFC financeBy Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has announced $120 million in finance for three solar leasing and power purchase agreement programs to be run by Tindo, SunEdison and Kudos Energy, which will target residential, small business, and commercial and strata-titled properties.
  • Residential

    • Green ACT suburbs are top national hotspots By Willow Aliento 16 July 2014 — The new Australian Capital Territory suburb of Crace has topped the freshly released Housing Industry Association Residential Building and Population Hotspots report for both building activity and population growth.
  • Residential

    • Apartments and density: the market logic behind the trends By Willow Aliento 15 July 2014 – Higher densities are considered generally more sustainable and there’s a surge in higher density apartment developments in Melbourne and Sydney, with other cities and
    • Peter Newman: the top 10 myths about high densityBy Professor Peter Newman, Curtin University 9 July 2014 — In this edited extract from his yet-to-be-published journal article Density, the Sustainability Multiplier: Some myths and truths with application to Perth, Australia, Professor Peter Newman reveals the top 10 myths regarding high density.
    • Brisbane floods had only passing effect on property prices8 July 2014 — Flood-prone suburbs in Brisbane only saw a temporary reduction in property prices following the 2011 floods, with middle and high-value homes rebounding in just 12 months, research from the University of Queensland has discovered.
  • Products and Services

    • Industrial ecology grants creating circular economy opportunitiesBy Willow Aliento By Willow Aliento 22 July 2014 — New grants from the NSW Environment Protection Agency designed to reduce waste to landfill have already created new jobs, with one of the grant recipients, Resource Recovery Australia, employing four new project staff to deliver projects in Northern and Southern New South Wales.
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  • Case Studies

    • How Doma brought the new green building normal to AlburyBy Willow Aliento 2 July 2014 — One of many bonuses of the high-level Green Star office for the Australian Taxation Office in the Victorian-NSW border town of Albury was the boost the project gave to the sustainable construction capacity of the area’s building trades.
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  • Job News

    • Our pick of jobs this week22 July 2014 — Online community engagement firm Bang The Table has an opening for a relationship-focused account manager to be based in its Melbourne office. Experience in communications and stakeholder engagement is a must for the position, which is a new one created in response to a dramatic growth in the number of projects the firm is undertaking.
  • Job News

    • Garry Wall appointed director at hurleypalmerflatt22 July 2014 — Garry Wall has been appointed director at sustainable building services engineering consultancy hurleypalmerflatt.
    • ARENA board reappointed22 July 2014 — After speculation that the government would leave the Australian Renewable Energy Agency board vacant after the terms of its members recently expired, ARENA has confirmed the reappointment of chair Greg Bourne, Judith Smith and the appointment of Department of Industry deputy secretary Martin Hoffman.
    • Industrial ecology grants creating circular economy opportunitiesBy Willow Aliento By Willow Aliento 22 July 2014 — New grants from the NSW Environment Protection Agency designed to reduce waste to landfill have already created new jobs, with one of the grant recipients, Resource Recovery Australia, employing four new project staff to deliver projects in Northern and Southern New South Wales.
    • Jobpac appoints business development manager as market expands22 July 2014 — Construction software company Jobpac International Systems has appointed Sebastien Soum as business development manager as it anticipates strong growth in the Australian and New Zealand construction sector.
    • Max Van Biene joins Kinesis 15 July 2014 – Sydney based Consultancy Kinesis has recently appointed Max Van Biene as  communications and engagement strategist. Mr
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  • EDUCATION & TRAINING

    • Brisbane floods had only passing effect on property prices8 July 2014 — Flood-prone suburbs in Brisbane only saw a temporary reduction in property prices following the 2011 floods, with middle and high-value homes rebounding in just 12 months, research from the University of Queensland has discovered.
  • EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • People

    • David Karotkin: better mix of rules and risk-taking could improve sustainability outcomes By Willow Aliento 24 July 2014 — Implementing the New South Wales guidelines for multi-residential projects nationwide could improve quality sustainability outcomes while speeding up development approval, the new president of the Australian Institute of Architects David Karotkin says. In an interview with The Fifth Estate, Karotkin also says the AIA is launching a sustainability strategy that will create guiding principles for more future-thinking design.
  • People

    • Interview: Peter Verwer – going global after 32 years By Tina Perinotto 29 May 2014 — Property Council chief executive Peter Verwer has had a huge influence on the property industry and the sustainable property sector – the latter, sometimes controversially so. Now he's heading to Singapore to head up another property investment behemoth that makes the Australian outfit look small.
    • Sid Thoo: The future of sustainability By Sid Thoo, ABSA 12 May 2014 — Association of Building Sustainability Assessors chair Sid Thoo recently spoke at the DesignBUILD conference on “the future of sustainability”. Following is the first part of an edited transcript of his presentation.
    • Architectus’ Elizabeth Watson Brown on designing the infrastructure of life By Willow Aliento 8 May 2014 — For Architectus design director Elizabeth Watson Brown, architecture is not about making objects, it is “making the infrastructure for life”. This central motif is echoed in the sessions she will be anchoring at the Australian Institute of Architects annual conference, Making: 2014, which kicks off in Perth today [Thursday].
  • Politics and Policies

  • Politics and Policies

    • NSW wants to be the “California of Australia” on energy and environmentBy Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — New South Wales Environment Minister Rob Stokes has said the state could be Australia's answer to California as he launched a new resource efficiency policy that will see government agencies pursuing solar leasing, energy efficiency projects including lighting upgrades, minimum 4.5 star NABERS ratings and environmental upgrade agreements.
    • Green MashUP: carbon price – it's over, but not for longBy Leon Gettler 21 July 2014 – Australia is a case book study of the politics of climate change, and it will reverberate around the world. The carbon tax has been scrapped but this is just a blip – carbon produced in Australia will eventually have a price, whether people like it or not.
    • UK shows how Australia can cut emissions without a carbon taxBy Alex Kazaglis, Imperial College London 21 July 2014 — From The Conversation: Australia’s carbon price has gone – but a UK review released this week shows that to lay the foundations for a low-carbon economy, pricing carbon is far from the whole story.
  • Design and Technology

    • NSW-style guidelines proposed for Melbourne’s high rise resiBy Willow Aliento 24 July 2014 — Guidelines for minimum apartment sizes based on New South Wales policies are being developed by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, provoking an outcry from Melbourne developers. However, the measures have been supported by a recent City of Melbourne report – Homes for People: Draft Housing Strategy 2014-2018 – which was submitted to the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee in June, and states that recent wave of new apartment developments were too small and too expensive.
  • Design and Technology

    • David Karotkin: better mix of rules and risk-taking could improve sustainability outcomesBy Willow Aliento 24 July 2014 — Implementing the New South Wales guidelines for multi-residential projects nationwide could improve quality sustainability outcomes while speeding up development approval, the new president of the Australian Institute of Architects David Karotkin says. In an interview with The Fifth Estate, Karotkin also says the AIA is launching a sustainability strategy that will create guiding principles for more future-thinking design.
    • Lord Howe Island turns to renewables to wean off diesel24 July 2014 — A one megawatt, $11.6 million renewable energy project with storage will see Lord Howe Island reduce its diesel consumption by 70 per cent, thanks to $4.5 million in funding by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
    • The density dilemma and the argument for space as “sensation, possibility, feelings”By Greg Paine 23 July 2014 — For a long time a “denser” model of living has been seen in Australia as somehow a lesser or second rate way of living, especially given our financial, emotional and political investment in the car-based suburban model.
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