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One Parramatta Square construction commences

Leighton Holdings and Charter Hall have formally commenced construction of their One Parramatta Square building, part of a massive urban renewal project to revitalise the Parramatta city centre.

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Book review: Out of Place (Gwalia)

For most of the past two decades, Australia has been in love with the mining industry, and principally because Australia thought the mining industry was in love with it. We…

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10 quick tips for a healthy indoors

It’s a surprising realisation for many people that we spend over 90 per cent of our time indoors. And yet we pay little attention to how our interiors directly affect…

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ARENA to fund Perth biofuels plant

ARENA has announced $5.2 million in funding for Perth-based start-up Renergi to design and construct a pilot-scale bioenergy plant. The plant will use biomass such as agricultural waste and mallee…

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AECOM is searching for a senior/principal sustainability consultant (built environment) to be based in Melbourne, due to expansion. The successful applicant needs experience in building energy modelling, Green Star and…

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Our pick of jobs this week

The City of Vincent in Perth is searching for a manager strategic planning, sustainability & heritage services on a full-time performance based contract with a salary range over $100k. The…

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GECA looks to expand beyond environmental labelling

Good Environmental Choice Australia is potentially expanding its approach beyond environmental labelling, with two new executives appointed last year on a short-term contract to undertake project work comprising deep stakeholder…

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Spotless moves to expand its empire with AE Smith buy

Diversified facilities management company Spotless Group has taken steps into the mechanical services and energy efficiency technology sector with this month’s signing of a conditional acquisition of AE Smith. The…

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ARENA to fund Perth biofuels plant

ARENA has announced $5.2 million in funding for Perth-based start-up Renergi to design and construct a pilot-scale bioenergy plant. The plant will use biomass such as agricultural waste and mallee…

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Aurecon completes 6 Star Melbourne fitout

Engineering and technical services company Aurecon has completed the fitout for its Melbourne office, gaining a 6 Star Green Star Interiors rating in the process.

Obama orders planners to factor in climate change

US President Barack Obama has issued an executive order directing planners, developers and local consent authorities to factor in increased flood heights and frequency due to climate change, in an…

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One Parramatta Square construction commences

Leighton Holdings and Charter Hall have formally commenced construction of their One Parramatta Square building, part of a massive urban renewal project to revitalise the Parramatta city centre.

How to green your strata building

As more Australians start to live in strata buildings, and power bills rise, the business case for improving the energy efficiency and overall sustainability of these properties is becoming more…

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BBP staging a green lease revolution

The Better Buildings Partnership in Sydney finished the year on a high note. With membership comprising most of the city’s largest landlords, supported by the City of Sydney, the BBP…

Langkawi eco paradise at The Frangipani

In tropical Langkawi, an island hideaway in the Andaman Sea off the North West Malaysian peninsular, a locally owned hotel is setting the benchmark for environmental practises in the region.

Contractor appointed for Sydney light rail

The ALTRAC Light Rail consortium has been chosen to rollout the new $2.1 billion Sydney CBD and South East light rail network. The consortium, comprising Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia,…

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Changes to CBD legislation pass Senate

Changes to the Commercial Building Disclosure program have passed through the Senate this week, which the Property Council of Australia has welcomed as a reduction in red tape.

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The top 10 ways to combat climate change

While the federal government continues to look for enlightenment in all the wrong places, and lists of heat records being shattered and sea-level rises being charted proliferate, it’s a good…

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The Global Change Institute: one year on

The 6 Star Green Star Global Change Institute at the University of Queensland was designed as a living laboratory and a working test case for a range of sustainability innovations.…

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Tesla technology saves Metricon thousands

As part of a recent refurbishment of the Metricon Homes’ head office in Melbourne, a lighting upgrade was carried that demonstrates clearly how a combination of new LED lighting technologies…

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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…

The Fifth Estate’s holiday reading guide

Don’t even think about it – why our brains are wired to ignore climate change George Marshall embarks on a sociological, psychological and politically nuanced exploration of why it is,…

Book review: From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up: 20 stories of a Life in Architecture, by Dean Dewhirst, is everything a great architecture book should be – tactile, gorgeously presented, inspiring and rich with…