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Aboriginal-owned energy company one-upping Tesla

The renewable energy storage game is about to be disrupted, with Australian Aboriginal-owned company AllGrid Energy announcing the launch of WattGrid, a new 10kWh solar energy storage system it says…

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

Beulah International’s $38 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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Solar industry fumes as feed-in tariffs slashed

Following last week’s decision by Victoria’s Essential Services Commission to cut the minimum solar feed-in tariff by 20 per cent, NSW’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has followed suit, released…

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News From The Front Desk: Issue No 255

On ignoring tantrums, and encouraging policy to grow up It is tempting to wish we could ignore the federal government as we would a screaming two-year old in the lolly…

Pamela Bell

PrefabNZ and the leaner, greener construction market

Social housing and the retirement sector offer an enormous opportunity for New Zealand’s growing prefabricated construction sector to demonstrate its ability to deliver affordable, sustainable dwellings, according to PrefabNZ’s chief…

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New LED buyers guide released

The Lighting Council Australia has published a consumer guide to assist in the selection of high-quality and safe LED lights.

Bruce Easton

EECCA throws out a challenge on back of VEET expansion

The Energy Efficiency Certificate Creators Association is calling on the Western Australian and Queensland governments to follow the lead set by Victoria, NSW, South Australia and the ACT in expanding…

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Our pick of jobs this week

Lendlease is searching for a Sydney-based Senior Sustainability Design Consultant to provide sustainability expertise and services on a range of major projects for both internal and external clients with a…

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Our pick of jobs this week

The City of Whittlesea in Melbourne is after a team leader sustainability policy & programs. The successful candidate will be responsible for providing leadership of a small team of three…

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Our pick of jobs this week

NABERS and BEEC specialists NettZero is searching for a Brisbane-based sustainability consultant: NABERS & CBD accredited assessor. Ideally, the successful candidate will be an active NABERS and CBD accredited assessor…

Business

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Integrated solar tile company prepares to list

Gold Coast company Trac Group Holdings is preparing for an IPO to underwrite global expansion of the company’s integrated solar and insulated panel roofing product, Tractile.

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Plus Architecture expands to NZ and finds challenges abound

Australian architecture, masterplanning and interiors practice Plus Architecture has expanded into New Zealand, with former Plus Melbourne architect Jaimin Atkins relocating to NZ as director of the new Christchurch office.

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Iconic Sydney Opera House becomes a Green Star

One of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks, the Sydney Opera House, has been awarded a 4 Star Green Star – Performance rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

NZ looks to manufacturers to help tackle e-waste

The New Zealand government is considering introducing a scheme similar to Australia’s National Computer and Television Recycling Scheme, according to chief executive of the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform,…

Report: the green building era hits China

China’s green building industry is exploding, with green space growing 154 times since 2008 and taking the lead from the US in terms of gross floor area, according to a…

Design & Technology

WattGrid

Aboriginal-owned energy company one-upping Tesla

The renewable energy storage game is about to be disrupted, with Australian Aboriginal-owned company AllGrid Energy announcing the launch of WattGrid, a new 10kWh solar energy storage system it says…

PrefabNZ and the leaner, greener construction market

Social housing and the retirement sector offer an enormous opportunity for New Zealand’s growing prefabricated construction sector to demonstrate its ability to deliver affordable, sustainable dwellings, according to PrefabNZ’s chief…

New LED buyers guide released

The Lighting Council Australia has published a consumer guide to assist in the selection of high-quality and safe LED lights.

Master Builders start to change the game

For builders to play their part in creating a more sustainable property sector, equipping themselves with greater knowledge is only part of the equation, according to Phillip Alviano, the sustainable…

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Property Sectors

Special Report: How hotels are going green

More travellers, particularly corporate travel groups, are looking for sustainability credentials when they book a place to stay. This, along with reducing high running costs, is driving an increasing number…

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Scoping a smart transport future for NZ

A short chain of command and high level of government–private sector collaboration are helping the evolution of a sustainable transport future for New Zealand, according to Louise Baker, principal transportation…

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Solar industry fumes as feed-in tariffs slashed

Following last week’s decision by Victoria’s Essential Services Commission to cut the minimum solar feed-in tariff by 20 per cent, NSW’s Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal has followed suit, released…

Victoria sets 20 per cent renewables target

The Victorian Andrews Government has released a Renewable Energy Roadmap for the state that sets a target of at least 20 per cent of electricity generated from renewable sources by…

How to keep WA growing post mining boom

Infrastructure and property development are the keys to Western Australia’s continued prosperity following the mining boom, according to a new Property Council commissioned report by Urbis has found.

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

Beulah International’s $38 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,…

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…

Arts and Letters

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How to wipe out household energy bills in 9 steps

Australians spend $22 billion on renovations a year and not-for-profit Beyond Zero Emissions aims to capitalise on that market with a new book promising to “wipe out electricity and gas…

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Stephen Crafti's Architects' Houses, a deep dive into beauty and imagination

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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Time to close your eyes and think of Venice

Close your eyes and imagine it’s the Venice Biennale, the architectural one, next year. What will the Aussies spring on the world this time? You approach Australia’s new pavilion by…

Book review: Mindful Work by David Gelles

Mindfulness meditation is right up there with the Paleo diet in hipster parlance, but as David Gelles explains in his comprehensive book about the practice, when big companies like Monsanto…

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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…