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Banking on sustainability is good for business

Sustainability has become a lucrative business opportunity, with shifting customer preferences pushing up trends such as the divestment movement leading to an increase in enquiries from potential customers,  Bank Australia…

Assistant minister for cities Angus Taylor

Federal government steps up on cities

More than seven months after appointing a cities minister and promising a fresh approach to engagement on cities, the federal government has released its Smart Cities Plan for consultation, and…

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The Passive House pilgrims of Darmstadt

Heading to Frankfurt International airport with a handful of Passive House pilgrims from across the globe, a week in Darmstadt, Germany, has been anything but passive.

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Westfield’s Scentre Group sees the (sun) light

Westfield’s Australian owner and operator Scentre Group has jumped into the solar race, announcing this week it will install a large solar energy system at its Westfield Marion shopping centre…

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Jonas Bengtsson new Edge Environment CEO

Jonas Bengtsson has been appointed chief executive of consultancy Edge Environment, following a move to restructure the company government structure after considerable growth that has seen the company triple in…

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Our pick of jobs this week

The Green Building Council of Australia is looking for a Relationship Development Manager (Sustainability) to help build upon work that has been done by the GBCA to engage new member…

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Our pick of jobs this week

Local government consultancy Ironbark Sustainability is looking for a Melbourne-based Field Auditor to carry out quality audits of works related to the changeover of streetlights across metropolitan Melbourne. Ironbark is…

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Nikki Jordan

Banking on sustainability is good for business

Sustainability has become a lucrative business opportunity, with shifting customer preferences pushing up trends such as the divestment movement leading to an increase in enquiries from potential customers,  Bank Australia…

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Flexigroup and NAB in climate bond for rooftop solar

Australian-based FlexiGroup has issued a landmark $50 million green Asset Backed Security for refinancing residential rooftop solar PV systems and storage, with certification against the international Climate Bonds Solar Standard.

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Ramana James: Shared value growing in popularity

Australian corporations, government bodies and not for profits are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their approach to shared value, which will in turn create huge opportunities, says Ramana James, Insurance Australia…

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NDY acquires Sterling Cooper, moves into Canada

Global engineering consultancy Norman Disney and Young is moving into the Canadian market, following the acquisition of Vancouver-based mechanical engineering company Sterling Cooper.

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Impact investment sector set for major growth

The impact investment sector could see rapid growth in funds and assets over the next five years, according to research released this week by Impact Investing Australia and the University…

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Zero waste: can we get there?

Following is an extract from our latest ebook, Office Waste: A Guide for our Future, created as part of the Greening Your Office series in collaboration with CitySwitch.

Barangaroo South hits 6 star community high

Lendlease’s Barangaroo South project has been awarded a 6 Star Green Star Communities rating and, it says, did so with an “unprecedented” number of points – 104.98 out of a…

Seafood eco-labelling has its day

Model Laura Wells, a well-known campaigner for environmental issues and ambassador for the Marine Stewardship Council, last week hosted the latest Sustainable Seafood Day ahead of Easter and its traditional…

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Design & Technology

Building cool cities for a hot future

Another hot and humid day in Sydney tomorrow with a maximum of 32 degrees in the city and 38 in the western suburbs. How many times have we heard that…

China embarks on sustainable urban planning

Australian governments should take note. China’s recently released Guidelines for Strengthening Urban Planning and Development show that even in one of the toughest urban challenges on the planet, there is…

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NZ government embroiled in carbon credit scandal

The New Zealand government may have participated in major climate fraud through the use of dodgy “hot air” carbon credits issued by the Ukraine and Russia, according to a new…

NZ: EV uptake on the move

Electric vehicles are starting to gain serious traction in New Zealand, with New Zealand Post this month announcing it has committed to investing $15 million in electric delivery vehicles for…

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Assistant minister for cities Angus Taylor

Federal government steps up on cities

More than seven months after appointing a cities minister and promising a fresh approach to engagement on cities, the federal government has released its Smart Cities Plan for consultation, and…

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CSIRO puts a new spin on climate staff cuts

Today’s announcement of a new CSIRO Climate Science Centre to be based in Hobart has been greeted with a degree of scepticism and disappointment by many leading researchers.

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Naturally hard-working infrastructure

There are multiple urban ecosystem services and built environment benefits provided by vegetation, particularly when it can replace or reduce investments in traditional infrastructure such as storm water systems.

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Climate Council: CSIRO cuts leave us flying blind

The Climate Council has warned that proposed cuts to the CSIRO’s climate research capacity will leave Australia badly under-resourced to manage climate change. The country will also be in breach…

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Case study: The Carbon Positive House

How to build a (sustainable) world in a day. Annie Kane discovers how Archiblox is building a cutting-edge sustainable house in just six hours.

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Case study: Sawmill House

Balanced along the edge of a former gold mine quarry in Yackandandah, Victoria, Sawmill House is a poetic example of young Melbourne and Hobart-based studio Archier’s belief in open, culturally…

GE’s new Springfield HQ keeps ESD core

Springfield, Queensland is using high building sustainability standards to attract major corporations to the masterplanned city’s commercial office precinct, according to Congrad Gargett project architect Annissa Farrell, and GE’s $72…

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

Beulah International’s $77 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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Arts and Letters

Book review: Hyperlocalization of Architecture

Australian architects are “the most avant garde in the world when it comes to integrating environmental vision in building design at almost every scale,” according to LEED accredited Passive House…

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Book review: Make Garbage Great

Make Garbage Great – The Family Guide to a Zero-Waste Lifestyle by TerraCycle founders Tom Szaky and Albe Zakes is a glorious hybrid of coffee table conversation starter, encyclopaedia of…

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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News From The Front

Nikki Jordan

Banking on sustainability is good for business

Sustainability has become a lucrative business opportunity, with shifting customer preferences pushing up trends such as the divestment movement leading to an increase in enquiries from potential customers,  Bank Australia…

Assistant minister for cities Angus Taylor

Federal government steps up on cities

More than seven months after appointing a cities minister and promising a fresh approach to engagement on cities, the federal government has released its Smart Cities Plan for consultation, and…

Passive House conference

The Passive House pilgrims of Darmstadt

Heading to Frankfurt International airport with a handful of Passive House pilgrims from across the globe, a week in Darmstadt, Germany, has been anything but passive.

westfield-marion

Westfield’s Scentre Group sees the (sun) light

Westfield’s Australian owner and operator Scentre Group has jumped into the solar race, announcing this week it will install a large solar energy system at its Westfield Marion shopping centre…

Jobs News

Jonas Bengtsson

Jonas Bengtsson new Edge Environment CEO

Jonas Bengtsson has been appointed chief executive of consultancy Edge Environment, following a move to restructure the company government structure after considerable growth that has seen the company triple in…

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Advertisement: Timber Construction Advisor

Construction Industry Advisory Flexible Contract Terms Melbourne & Brisbane Locations FWPA is an industry services company and a not-for-profit organisation which is funded by the timber industry and the Australian…

jobs-colleagues-meeting-to-discuss

Our pick of jobs this week

The Green Building Council of Australia is looking for a Relationship Development Manager (Sustainability) to help build upon work that has been done by the GBCA to engage new member…

green-jobs-small

Our pick of jobs this week

Local government consultancy Ironbark Sustainability is looking for a Melbourne-based Field Auditor to carry out quality audits of works related to the changeover of streetlights across metropolitan Melbourne. Ironbark is…

Events News

ebooks

Design & Technology

Building cool cities for a hot future

Another hot and humid day in Sydney tomorrow with a maximum of 32 degrees in the city and 38 in the western suburbs. How many times have we heard that…

China embarks on sustainable urban planning

Australian governments should take note. China’s recently released Guidelines for Strengthening Urban Planning and Development show that even in one of the toughest urban challenges on the planet, there is…

See More »