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Emissions

Direct action won’t work, new policy needed

Direct Action can only reduce Australia’s emissions by 11 per cent by 2025 based on 2000 levels, according to a new report by energy market analysts RepuTex. The news comes…

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Time to capture the value

Well-planned and maintained public infrastructure is the foundation of modern society. It supports productive enterprises, enhances quality-of-life and underpins economic prosperity.

Krishna Bala is helping communities out of energy poverty.

Building a brighter future

India’s urban slums aren’t generally renowned as career destinations, yet for some with a more entrepreneurial bent, they are becoming just that.

Horsley Park Business Park, a speculative 6 Star Green Star development by Australand.

Australand pushes further to the lead

Australand has committed to achieving at least a 5 Star Green Star Design & As Built rating for all new industrial, commercial and retail projects, with even speculative 6 Star…

Professor Peter Newman

Peter Newman on prefab’s transformative potential

The stranded assets debate surrounding coal needs to be applied to car manufacturing, according to Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute Professor Peter Newman. He believes the focus needs to shift…

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Dr Shaila Divakarla

7 trends in the very important area of standards

The keynote address question by WWF International’s Jason Clay at A Roadmap to Change – ISEAL 2015 Global sustainability standards conference was: “With the earth today and the speed of…

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Sustainable design stars at state architecture awards

Tremendous examples of sustainable design feature among the winning projects in this year’s Queensland, ACT, Victoria, Tasmania and the Northern Territory state architecture awards, across categories including public architecture, commercial…

Jobs News

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Our pick of jobs this week

Fancy a tropical three-month sojourn? CQUniversity in North Rockhampton, Queensland, is searching for a special projects officer – sustainability for a stint finalising a draft sustainability policy and developing a…

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Our pick of the jobs this week

Australand has an opening for a NSW-based sustainability manager – development. The position is for a sustainability professional with at least five years’ experience, with the successful candidate responsible for…

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Passive house consult hiring amid sunny outlook

One of Australia’s first specialist passive house consultancies Grün Consulting is looking to hire a building sustainability professional with a background in building physics, after Clare Parry formerly with Umow…

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Products and Services

Horsley Park Business Park, a speculative 6 Star Green Star development by Australand.

Australand pushes further to the lead

Australand has committed to achieving at least a 5 Star Green Star Design & As Built rating for all new industrial, commercial and retail projects, with even speculative 6 Star…

Brookfield Tower Place, the first green bond certified under the climate bonds standard for low carbon buildings

GBCA gets on board with Climate Bonds Initiative

Australian property owners with Green Star – Performance ratings can now access funds from large institutional investors seeking low-carbon assets, thanks to a partnership between the Green Building Council of…

Clare Parry

Passive house consult hiring amid sunny outlook

One of Australia’s first specialist passive house consultancies Grün Consulting is looking to hire a building sustainability professional with a background in building physics, after Clare Parry formerly with Umow…

First industry-wide EPD for timber registered

The sustainability case for timber in building will now be easier to quantify, with the Australian timber industry this week registering the first industry-wide Environmental Product Declaration as part of…

Energy retailers and a special kind of fury

There’s a special kind of fury reserved for Australian energy retailers. It’s the kind of anger caused by being told one thing at the beginning of a painstaking 30 minute…

NABERS teams up with GRESB

Brief: The NABERS rating system for buildings is to partner with the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, cementing a global push from the rating system for buildings. In the past…

Design & Technology

Emissions

Direct action won’t work, new policy needed

Direct Action can only reduce Australia’s emissions by 11 per cent by 2025 based on 2000 levels, according to a new report by energy market analysts RepuTex. The news comes…

Peter Newman on prefab’s transformative potential

The stranded assets debate surrounding coal needs to be applied to car manufacturing, according to Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute Professor Peter Newman. He believes the focus needs to shift…

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Assemble launches small footprint living survey

Following the Victorian government’s announcement that it will reopen the discussion on apartment design standards, residential property developer Assemble has launched a survey to understand what people want out of…

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Property Sectors

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New Zealand launches green lease clause guide

Tenants and landlords in New Zealand are feeling the love with the launch of a new performance leasing guide featuring model clauses that encourage cooperation and the creation of better…

Infrastructure Victoria…at last

The Victorian government said on Tuesday it would create an agency to manage the delivery pipeline for infrastructure in the state, a move met by strong approval by the property…

Coles Hallam first with supermarket Green Star

The first Green Star rating for an Australian supermarket has been awarded to Coles at Hallam, in Melbourne’s outer south-east, opening the way for a much needed greater sustainability in…

Ecco Ripley awarded Green Star Communities rating

Sekisui House’s masterplanned Ecco Ripley development in Queensland’s Ipswich growth corridor has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star – Communities rating by the Green Building Council of Australia.

Politics

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Unlikely alliance pushes for federal climate action

Australia’s federal climate policies aren’t cutting it, according to an unlikely alliance of Australian green groups and conservative industry, business and investor bodies launched to push the government into action…

Backyard veggies the key to sustainability engagement

It’s not talk about climate change that best convinces executive types to embrace sustainability, according to sustainable design engineer Roman Spur – it’s talking fresh homegrown lettuce, working less and…

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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…

Arts and Letters

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…

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…