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Deb Noller – her Switch Automation is "doing awesome" in the US

News from the front desk: Issue No 236

On how to make an energy efficiency market rock, with the BuildingIQ float potentially worth $100 million, Deb Noller of Switch Automation and why she says her industry is a…

The NICTA building, which won BuildingIQ Best Commercial Energy Efficiency Project at the Energy Efficiency Council’s national awards last year.

BuildingIQ set to float for expected $100 million

Energy management software company BuildingIQ is set to list on the Australian stock exchange in a move that could see the company valued at around $100 million. The company, whose…

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The Dirty Energy Finance Corporation

The Energy White Paper released last Wednesday didn’t just try and ignore global action on climate change. It actively sought to work against it.

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WT Partnership is after a Green Star and sustainability professional for its North Sydney office. The consultant will be responsible for the implementation and management of sustainable concepts for projects…

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Our pick of jobs this week

The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) is looking for a climate change engagement officer (Asia-Pacific) to join its Road to Paris 2015 project, a full time contract role until 31 December…

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Ken Maher elected AIA president

Ken Maher will take up the position of 2016 national president of the Australian Institute of Architects, the institute’s national council has announced.

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The NICTA building, which won BuildingIQ Best Commercial Energy Efficiency Project at the Energy Efficiency Council’s national awards last year.

BuildingIQ set to float for expected $100 million

Energy management software company BuildingIQ is set to list on the Australian stock exchange in a move that could see the company valued at around $100 million. The company, whose…

A building-integrated photovoltaic thermal system by BlueScope Steel that received funding from ARENA under a separate program.

ARENA to fund green building R&D

Integration of renewable energy into buildings or building materials will be one of the key focus areas of new funding announced by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency for industry-partnered projects…

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NABERS indoor environment tool V2 set to go

After a world leading start and several years of consultation the NABERS  Indoor Environment tool has been revised and updated in response to industry concerns over its effectiveness.

6 Star Communities rating for Caloundra South

Stockland has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star – Communities rating for its Caloundra South development on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the largest mixed-use development under single ownership in Australia.

GBCA partners with GBIG, GRESB

The Green Building Council of Australia has formed partnerships with the Green Building Information Gateway and Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark to progress Australia’s green building industry.

NSW EPA releases draft waste education strategy

The NSW Environment Protection Authority has released a draft waste education strategy setting out educational opportunities and direction for programs delivered under the $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

Design & Technology

Victorian government to refresh Plan Melbourne

The Andrews government has committed to revising and updating the former government’s Plan Melbourne document, planning minister Richard Wynne’s has announced, with the expert ministerial advisory committee that developed the…

Report: achieving the 20-minute city

With housing affordability issues forcing more working and low income households to the outskirts of our cities, governments need to shift the focus on transport oriented planning to the outer…

Fab Labs and the DIY revolution

Perth’s Challenger Institute of Technology will soon be cultivating the growing trend of technology-empowered DIY consumption with the imminent opening of Fab Lab WA.

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Do more roads really mean less congestion for commuters?

Congestion is a major source of frustration for road users and has worsened over time in most cities. Different solutions have been proposed, such as introducing congestion charging (a favourite…

Defence Housing to create Darwin solar suburb

Breezes Muirhead, a residential community developed by Defence Housing Australia and Investa, is soon to be home to Darwin’s largest solar PV installation installation in a single suburb.

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Cycling in Paris not just cool now, but hot!

Daily “Terror” (Tele) readers and pals take note, riding bikes has made it to one of the world’s fashion capitals, and we all know what that means in a trend-hungry…

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Monbiot on the threat beneath our feet

Landowners are engaged in “an orgy of soil destruction”, writer and environmentalist George Monbiot has written in The Guardian, threatening our very survival.

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Case study: Legal eagles keep it green

The fitout at law firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth’s new Brisbane office at One One One Eagle Street had to meet some strict sustainability guidelines in keeping with the building’s 6…

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Book review: The Politics of Green Transformations

So often the politics of sustainability is reduced to a series of banner statements and media release bantering, The Politics of Green Transformations however goes deeply into the fundamental architectures…

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Book review: Biomimicry Resource Handbook

Late last year Biomimicry 3.8 released a paperback edition of Dr Dayna Baumeister’s seminal guide to life-centric approaches to design, and what a gift it is for anyone looking to…

Book review: Low Carbon Cities

Low Carbon Cities: Transforming Urban Systems, the third book in the Earthscan Series on Sustainable Design edited by Curtin University professor Steffen Lehmann, brings together research and case studies that…