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News from the front desk: Issue No 209

On corporate courage and leadership You don’t expect to see sparks fly at the Property Council’s annual Congress, but in Sydney this week that’s what happened when Ming Long, joint…

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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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Second skins could give old buildings new sustainable life

In addressing the opportunities and challenges of converting ageing brutalist commercial towers into more environmentally responsive buildings, the Tower Skin conceptualised by LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture – offers…

(L-R) Eric de Seguins Pazzis, GDF Suez Energie Services; Richard Kelleway, Thiess Services; Megan Houghton, CitySmart; Adrian Schrinner, Brisbane Lord Mayor; Vaughan Furniss, Cofely Australia

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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CBD program up for review – and axing

The Commercial Building Disclosure program is under review and it’s the last thing the energy efficiency industry needs to hear, coming as it does on the back of a barrage…

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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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Our pick of jobs this week

AECOM is searching for a senior consultant – sustainability for its Sydney office to provide technical support for the growing property advisory team in developing the urban development sustainability and…

Business

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Standards contract could change SAI Global’s bottom-line

With offers for SAI Global closing this Friday,  upcoming renegotiations of the company’s publishing contract with Standards Australia, which develops Australian standards including those applicable in the sustainability sector, such…

Products and Services

UTS with a second skin

Second skins could give old buildings new sustainable life

In addressing the opportunities and challenges of converting ageing brutalist commercial towers into more environmentally responsive buildings, the Tower Skin conceptualised by LAVA – Laboratory for Visionary Architecture – offers…

Paul Davy and Deborah Davidson from dsquared.

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…

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high-speed-rail

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…

(L-R) Eric de Seguins Pazzis, GDF Suez Energie Services; Richard Kelleway, Thiess Services; Megan Houghton, CitySmart; Adrian Schrinner, Brisbane Lord Mayor; Vaughan Furniss, Cofely Australia

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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MacBank reveals new green global headquarters

Macquarie Bank’s new global headquarters at 50 Martin Place has undergone extensive refurbishment to become the largest heritage building in Australia awarded a 6 Star Green Star rating.

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CBD program up for review – and axing

The Commercial Building Disclosure program is under review and it’s the last thing the energy efficiency industry needs to hear, coming as it does on the back of a barrage…

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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.