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Terence Jeyaretnam

News from the front desk: Issue No 237

On GRESB, DJSI, Carbon Disclosure Project… and the big fast train smash driving them all Coming through the wires this week was the yearly call for companies to join the…

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Property and the ERF: not this time

First ERF auction leaves property out in the cold

The government’s first round ERF auction appears to have left commercial property projects out in the cold, with not one successful bidder from the property or energy efficiency sectors to…

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Selling the sustainability message

The word sustainability has failed to win the hearts and minds of people. Why? Because it conveys scarcity and survival, when most people want prosperity and pleasure.

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Intergenerational home: the residents (particularly children and dogs) move through the gaps in the dividing garden wall. Image: Katherine Lu

How co-housing could make homes cheaper and greener

Housing affordability is at crisis levels in many Australian cities, fuelled by an inadequate supply of housing in areas close to jobs and a taxation system that favours investors over…

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Australia slashes sustainability training

Sitting alone on a Wednesday in an eight-room training centre that used to be bustling with students, consultants and trainers chief executive of Green Business Audit and Training Steve Kostoff…

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Our pick of jobs this week

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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Sustainable Salons Australia co-founders Ewelina Forocko (left) and Paul Frasca.

Cutting the waste in hair salons

Sustainable Salons Australia, a program to divert 95 per cent of the waste generated in hair salons from landfill, is proving to be a valuable marketing tool for businesses that…

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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…

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Property Sectors

Intergenerational home: the residents (particularly children and dogs) move through the gaps in the dividing garden wall. Image: Katherine Lu

How co-housing could make homes cheaper and greener

Housing affordability is at crisis levels in many Australian cities, fuelled by an inadequate supply of housing in areas close to jobs and a taxation system that favours investors over…

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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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Property and the ERF: not this time

First ERF auction leaves property out in the cold

The government’s first round ERF auction appears to have left commercial property projects out in the cold, with not one successful bidder from the property or energy efficiency sectors to…

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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…

Habitat

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.

Case Studies

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…