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COZero: getting off the policy solar coaster

Australian energy management solutions company COZero says it has developed a business model to insulate itself from “policy shifts” around the Renewable Energy Target and state government energy efficiency programs.

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News from the front desk: Issue No 210

On good common sense and common ground amid a sea of rubbish Well something woke up the Labor Party. It turns out to be cities. Anthony Albanese, a minister in…

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Carbon balloons at 50 Bridge Street, Sydney this week for World Green Building Week

World Green Building Week pushes new ground

While the world takes a deep dive into uncertain territory, especially on climate issues and especially in Australia,  the world of green buildings moves inexorably onwards.

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No car parking: the hot new trend

There’s a hot new trend in apartments, and it’s all about what buyers and tenants don’t get – car parking. More and more high and medium density apartments are acting…

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Anthony Albanese

Labor comes out fighting on cities agenda

Federal Labor has drawn up the battlelines on the sustainability of Australia’s cities, with the appointment of Labor MP Anthony Albanese as Shadow Minister for Cities and the announcement of…

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Carbon balloons at 50 Bridge Street, Sydney this week for World Green Building Week

World Green Building Week pushes new ground

While the world takes a deep dive into uncertain territory, especially on climate issues and especially in Australia,  the world of green buildings moves inexorably onwards.

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Our pick of jobs this week

The Green Building Council of Australia is searching for a market development manager for its Sydney office to drive the expansion of the Green Star rating tool. The successful applicant…

Planning minister Matthew Guy and Tamara Brezzi

Three new appointments at Places Victoria

Places Victoria has appointed three independent board members after two government appointed directors were left to hold the fort alone since March, following a tumultuous period for the government land…

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Our pick of jobs this week

Mosaic Recruitment is after an environmental sustainability analyst for a six-month contract with the NSW Government in Ashfield, NSW. The role will involve contributing to the development and implementation of…

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COzero chief executive Nicholas Armstrong

COZero: getting off the policy solar coaster

Australian energy management solutions company COZero says it has developed a business model to insulate itself from “policy shifts” around the Renewable Energy Target and state government energy efficiency programs.

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First Green Star Interiors Pilot ratings awarded

The first two projects to achieve ratings under the Green Building Council of Australia’s new Green Star Interiors PILOT tool represent both ends of the fitout scale, from the small…

Property Sectors

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High speed rail – it’s not “Utopia”

High speed rail has been on the infrastructure wishlist for over a decade, and while some describe it as a “pie in the sky” and fodder for satires such as…

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Brisbane’s district cooling plan is GO!

Brisbane is on track to have Australia’s first CBD district cooling system, with an agreement for the design and planning phase signed on Wednesday with a consortium of Cofely Australia…

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Design & Technology

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No car parking: the hot new trend

There’s a hot new trend in apartments, and it’s all about what buyers and tenants don’t get – car parking. More and more high and medium density apartments are acting…

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Politics

Anthony Albanese

Labor comes out fighting on cities agenda

Federal Labor has drawn up the battlelines on the sustainability of Australia’s cities, with the appointment of Labor MP Anthony Albanese as Shadow Minister for Cities and the announcement of…

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Habitat

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Refrigerant phase out could lead to huge carbon cuts

Australia could cut carbon emissions by seven per cent from the heating, ventilation, airconditioning and refrigerant industry alone if a move to phase out hydrofluorocarbons is realised, according to the…

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Case Studies

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Grocon’s Liberty Place gets sustainability accolade

By Cameron Jewell

5 August 2014 — Grocon’s Liberty Place precinct at 161 Castlereagh Street, Sydney has taken out the Urban Development Institute of Australia NSW Award for Excellence in Sustainable Development, beating stiff competition from Mirvac’s 8 Chifley and Defence Australia’s AE2 residences.

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How Doma brought the new green building normal to Albury

By 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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Timber: Large scale LVL at Netball Central, Homebush

By Willow Aliento

28 May 2014 — The largest laminated veneer lumber beams ever used in Australia are currently being erected at Netball Central, the new headquarters for Netball New South Wales at Sydney’s Olympic Park.

Arts and Letters

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Book review: The Consolations of Economics

Given how the concept of economics is bandied about in Australian political rhetoric as an excuse for all manner of ham-fisted decision-making, the title of Gerard Lyons book, The Consolations…

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Book review: A Revolution in the Making

Guy Rundle’s new book is a rollicking tour of community-driven makerspaces, obscure university labs and robotic testing facilities with glimpses into the world of  boffins beavering away on 3D printing.…

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Handbook launched for healthy, energy-efficient homes

By Willow Aliento

31 July 2014 — We typically spend at least a third of our lives in our homes, but while there have been many studies done into the impact of sustainable environments in the workplace, the domestic realm has not had the same degree of attention. A new book by interior designer Melissa Wittig from Healthy Interiors and sustainability consultant Danielle King from Green Moves Australia aims to fill the residential information gap and provide a blueprint for creating energy efficient and healthy homes.

Book review: The Zero Waste Solution

By Willow Aliento

30 July 2014 — There are many alternatives to dumping, burying or combusting waste, and Paul Connett does a very thorough job of outlining both the business and the environmental case for more enlightened methods. He also does it in an entertaining way, crafting a compelling and achievable vision of a more people-centred, community-minded and sustainable society.