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BBP staging a green lease revolution

The Better Buildings Partnership in Sydney finished the year on a high note. With membership comprising most of the city’s largest landlords, supported by the City of Sydney, the BBP…

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Ebook: Greening the West: Part II

In November last year we kicked off the most exciting of projects, Greening the West. With the help of our fantastic co-lead sponsors Leighton Properties and LandCorp, supporting sponsors NDY,…

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Sustainable Christmas gift ideas

It’s the time of year when the glitz blitz hits and the pressure is on to buy! Buy! Buy! Our retailers are relying on us, we’re told, to keep the…

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The Fifth Estate’s holiday reading guide

Don’t even think about it – why our brains are wired to ignore climate change George Marshall embarks on a sociological, psychological and politically nuanced exploration of why it is,…

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Langkawi eco paradise at The Frangipani

In tropical Langkawi, an island hideaway in the Andaman Sea off the North West Malaysian peninsular, a locally owned hotel is setting the benchmark for environmental practises in the region.

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City of Port Phillip and Geelong tackling urban heat

A new framework for reducing vulnerable groups’ heat stress through green infrastructure is being used by the cities of Port Phillip and Greater Geelong to develop plans and prioritise projects.

Contractor appointed for Sydney light rail

The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium has been chosen to rollout the new $2.1 billion Sydney CBD and South East light rail network. The consortium, comprising Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia,…

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Green Star picked up pace in 2014

The Green Building Council of Australia certified 150 Green Star projects this year, up from 105 in 2013, with Lend Lease and Frasers-Australand leading the charge.

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Engineers awards recognise sustainability

A green hospital, better waste water treatment, restoring drought-devastated lakes and a leader in building regulation reform and humanitarian engineering were recognised at the Australian Engineering Excellence Awards last week.

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ADVERTISEMENT: C40 City Adviser – Sydney

Salary – commensurate with experience Contract – 2 years An exciting opportunity to join C40 in support of its member city Sydney, to help achieve its bold targets of a…

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Ben Rimmer appointed new Melbourne CEO

Ben Rimmer has been selected as the new chief executive of the City of Melbourne following a global search sparked by the retirement of Dr Kathy Alexander.

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Stuart Fowler appointed CEO of NDY

Privately-owned engineering consultancy Norman Disney & Young has announced that chief operating officer Stuart Fowler will assume the role of chief executive from March 2015, succeeding Ian Hopkins.

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Our pick of jobs this week

Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific needs a facilities & sustainability co-ordinator to maintain the company’s assets. The position will be based on the Gold Coast, with the successful applicant also…

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BBP staging a green lease revolution

The Better Buildings Partnership in Sydney finished the year on a high note. With membership comprising most of the city’s largest landlords, supported by the City of Sydney, the BBP…

christmas-sustainable

Sustainable Christmas gift ideas

It’s the time of year when the glitz blitz hits and the pressure is on to buy! Buy! Buy! Our retailers are relying on us, we’re told, to keep the…

Public list of green bonds launched

To coincide with the COP 20 climate talks in Lima this week, the Climate Bonds Initiative has publicly released a full list of labelled green bonds.

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Praxis might just have the answer to EUA hurdles

A new investment company that recently managed an environmental upgrade agreement for a building in Parramatta has launched a new business to offer similar expertise to other owners of B…

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Green Star picked up pace in 2014

The Green Building Council of Australia certified 150 Green Star projects this year, up from 105 in 2013, with Lend Lease and Frasers-Australand leading the charge.

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Recycling week: the problem with e-waste

A significant shift in technology user behaviour is needed, according to Planet Ark, with an estimated 23 million mobile phones alone being hoarded in drawers and other places around the…

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Click on the cover image below to see the ebook

Ebook: Greening the West: Part II

In November last year we kicked off the most exciting of projects, Greening the West. With the help of our fantastic co-lead sponsors Leighton Properties and LandCorp, supporting sponsors NDY,…

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Rethinking building performance: part I

In this three-part series based on her PhD, Samantha Hall looks at how a holistic building performance approach can bring economic and environmental benefits to Australia. In this first part,…

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The Frangipani Langkawi resort?

Langkawi eco paradise at The Frangipani

In tropical Langkawi, an island hideaway in the Andaman Sea off the North West Malaysian peninsular, a locally owned hotel is setting the benchmark for environmental practises in the region.

Contractor appointed for Sydney light rail

The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium has been chosen to rollout the new $2.1 billion Sydney CBD and South East light rail network. The consortium, comprising Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia,…

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Why do new energy-efficient houses need cooling?

Last year, CSIRO’s field evaluation of 5 Star homes reported some interesting findings. One big issue was a widespread lack of compliance, due to near-total failure of enforcement by governments…

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Parramatta’s M20 gets an EUA-driven upgrade

A $2 million refurbishment of a brutalist C grade commercial office tower at 20 Macquarie Street in Parramatta has halved energy use and attracted new tenants prepared to pay higher…

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Time to turn our cities into parks

Sydney recently hosted the IUCN World Parks Congress, a once-in-a-decade global gathering to share knowledge and innovation as well as set the agenda for protected areas conservation for the decade…

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The Global Change Institute: one year on

The 6 Star Green Star Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland was designed as a living laboratory and a working test case for a range of sustainability innovations.…

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Arts and Letters

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The Fifth Estate’s holiday reading guide

Don’t even think about it – why our brains are wired to ignore climate change George Marshall embarks on a sociological, psychological and politically nuanced exploration of why it is,…

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Book review: From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up: 20 stories of a Life in Architecture, by Dean Dewhirst, is everything a great architecture book should be – tactile, gorgeously presented, inspiring and rich with…

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Book Review: Out of Place (Gwalia)

The impact of mining is generally considered in terms of holes in the ground and polluted waterways. Out of Place (Gwalia), edited by Philip Goldswain, Nicole Sully and William M…

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Book review: Can accountants save the planet?

Corporations willing to pay to pollute, dodgy biodiversity offsets and crusading accountants changing the book-keeping game are just some of the gems that Jane Gleeson-White lays out for readers of…