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Tim Williams on density: we can go up or out

Sydney will be a city of eight million people in 2056, up from the current 4.5 million or so. To achieve this Sydney will either have to go up or…

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(L-R) Mark McKenna, NDY; Romilly Madew, GBCA; Tony Armstrong, IWBI.

Australia on the cusp of a WELL retrofit revolution

Australia is on the cusp of a retrofit revolution and achieving WELL Building Standard accreditation in less buoyant tenancy markets such as Brisbane and Perth would give property owners the…

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Our pick of jobs this week

The City of Melbourne is after a full-time Urban Forester to provide strategic advice, research and input into management, implementation and evaluation of the Urban Forest Strategy and any new…

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Our pick of jobs this week

Lendlease is hiring a Sydney-based Regional Sustainability Manager – Property to work within the property head office. Working with the head of sustainability, property, you will support the establishment and…

Jag Dhandwar

Jag Dhandwar joins WT Consultancy

Jag Dhandwar has been appointed senior advisor – asset & facilities management of WT Consultancy, a subsidiary of cost and consultancy firm WT Partnership.

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Our pick of jobs this week

New to the sustainability game? Ausnviro has the perfect Melbourne-based graduate position – a Junior Assistant Environmental Auditor – NABERS Sustainability Consultant. You will be part of a team providing…

Business

Localift poised to pick up where Uber drops off

Margaret Khursigara, former executive director commercial business with the Green Building Council of Australia, has been appointed country head of Localift, the latest entrant to the “sharing economy” that aims…

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Products and Services

NSW pushes for global expansion of NABERS

The NSW Government wants the global expansion of the NABERS building rating tool to continue, and has endorsed the International Property Measurement Standard as a way to help achieve it.

Zero waste: can we get there?

Following is an extract from our latest ebook, Office Waste: A Guide for our Future, created as part of the Greening Your Office series in collaboration with CitySwitch.

Barangaroo South hits 6 star community high

Lendlease’s Barangaroo South project has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating and, it says, did so with an “unprecedented” number of points – 104.98 out of a…

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Design & Technology

Europe in renewed push for energy efficiency

A new European Energy Efficiency Platform has been launched as a one-stop shop for energy efficiency data and knowledge. Its purpose is to help policymakers, researchers, industry, and public and…

GreenSync launches pluggable grid framework

Energy tech firm GreenSync has launched a new digital framework to control distributed energy resources for local grids, and is offering it free to universities and non-government organisations as a…

Interview: Greg Stone, from Microsoft to Arup and why

Enormous digital disruption is occurring globally but if the Australian property industry is to utilise emerging technology, it needs to change its business model, contractual arrangements, and design methodology, says…

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NZ: EV package to stimulate sustainable transport uptake

Westpac NZ has responded positively to the New Zealand government’s freshly released package of measures to stimulate electric vehicle uptake with the announcement of a new leasing product for institutional…

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NZ government embroiled in carbon credit scandal

The New Zealand government may have participated in major climate fraud through the use of dodgy “hot air” carbon credits issued by the Ukraine and Russia, according to a new…

NZ: EV uptake on the move

Electric vehicles are starting to gain serious traction in New Zealand, with New Zealand Post this month announcing it has committed to investing $15 million in electric delivery vehicles for…

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Energetics report on emissions raises heat

With almost all of its budget spent, the Emissions Reduction Fund is likely to achieve only seven per cent of the CO2 emissions reductions needed for Australia to meet its…

Forced amalgamations become a reality for NSW

The NSW Government has finalised its forced amalgamation agenda, with councils across the state sacked and administrators brought in until elections slated for September 2017 – a full year later…

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Environmental advocacy in the firing line

Advocacy for energy efficiency and community renewable energy precincts could become casualties if the federal government adopts key recommendations from an Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Groups.

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The Rock Island Bend image used in advertising against the Franklin Dam's construction. Environmentalists say this site would be a dam today if not for peaceful protest, now under threat. Image: Peter Dombrovskis

Environmental advocacy in the firing line

Advocacy for energy efficiency and community renewable energy precincts could become casualties if the federal government adopts key recommendations from an Inquiry into the Register of Environmental Groups.

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CSIRO puts a new spin on climate staff cuts

Today’s announcement of a new CSIRO Climate Science Centre to be based in Hobart has been greeted with a degree of scepticism and disappointment by many leading researchers.

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Case study: The Carbon Positive House

How to build a (sustainable) world in a day. Annie Kane discovers how Archiblox is building a cutting-edge sustainable house in just six hours.

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Case study: Sawmill House

Balanced along the edge of a former gold mine quarry in Yackandandah, Victoria, Sawmill House is a poetic example of young Melbourne and Hobart-based studio Archier’s belief in open, culturally…

GE’s new Springfield HQ keeps ESD core

Springfield, Queensland is using high building sustainability standards to attract major corporations to the masterplanned city’s commercial office precinct, according to Congrad Gargett project architect Annissa Farrell, and GE’s $72…

Gardenhill’s pet-friendly take on high-density living

Beulah International’s $77 million multi-residential Gardenhill project in Doncaster in Melbourne’s east is the first in the metropolitan area to create a dog-friendly development with a private off-leash garden area,…

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Arts and Letters

Book review: Hyperlocalization of Architecture

Australian architects are “the most avant garde in the world when it comes to integrating environmental vision in building design at almost every scale,” according to LEED accredited Passive House…

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Book review: Make Garbage Great

Make Garbage Great – The Family Guide to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle by TerraCycle founders Tom Szaky and Albe Zakes is a glorious hybrid of coffee table conversation starter, encyclopaedia of…

Review: Architects’ Houses by Stephen Crafti

Stepping inside the pages of Stephen Crafti’s exploration of 20 homes designed by leading Australian architects is like diving into several major art galleries in rapid succession. The photography is…

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News From The Front

Tim Williams

Tim Williams on density: we can go up or out

Sydney will be a city of eight million people in 2056, up from the current 4.5 million or so. To achieve this Sydney will either have to go up or…

2

Jobs News

green-jobs-small

Our pick of jobs this week

The City of Melbourne is after a full-time Urban Forester to provide strategic advice, research and input into management, implementation and evaluation of the Urban Forest Strategy and any new…

jobs-pix

Our pick of jobs this week

Lendlease is hiring a Sydney-based Regional Sustainability Manager – Property to work within the property head office. Working with the head of sustainability, property, you will support the establishment and…

Jag Dhandwar

Jag Dhandwar joins WT Consultancy

Jag Dhandwar has been appointed senior advisor – asset & facilities management of WT Consultancy, a subsidiary of cost and consultancy firm WT Partnership.

Business-People-Waiting-For-Job

Our pick of jobs this week

New to the sustainability game? Ausnviro has the perfect Melbourne-based graduate position – a Junior Assistant Environmental Auditor – NABERS Sustainability Consultant. You will be part of a team providing…

Events News

(L-R) Mark McKenna, NDY; Romilly Madew, GBCA; Tony Armstrong, IWBI.

Australia on the cusp of a WELL retrofit revolution

Australia is on the cusp of a retrofit revolution and achieving WELL Building Standard accreditation in less buoyant tenancy markets such as Brisbane and Perth would give property owners the…

ebooks

Design & Technology

Europe in renewed push for energy efficiency

A new European Energy Efficiency Platform has been launched as a one-stop shop for energy efficiency data and knowledge. Its purpose is to help policymakers, researchers, industry, and public and…

GreenSync launches pluggable grid framework

Energy tech firm GreenSync has launched a new digital framework to control distributed energy resources for local grids, and is offering it free to universities and non-government organisations as a…

Interview: Greg Stone, from Microsoft to Arup and why

Enormous digital disruption is occurring globally but if the Australian property industry is to utilise emerging technology, it needs to change its business model, contractual arrangements, and design methodology, says…

See More »