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Social risk at the fore as KPMG acquires Banarra

Professional services giant KPMG has acquired human rights consultancy Banarra in a move that signals the increasing importance of ethical sourcing, supply chain management and social impact.

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News from the front desk: Issue No 251

On The Economist speaks, James Hansen too; and how AMP Capital plays reverse dominoes and ramps up its susty strategy It’s interesting to see that the top job at AMP Capital…

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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,…

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HP’s cloud shifts to wind

IT giant Hewlett-Packard will be powering its entire global information technology requirements via wind power, under a 12-year power purchase agreement signed last week with SunEdison.

From left to right: Dr Brad Pettitt, Mayor, City of Fremantle; John Daley, CEO, Grattan Institute; Nicole Lockwood, Director, KPMG Australia; WA Planning Minister John Day; Greens Member for South Metropolitan Region Lynn MacLaren; Labor Member for North Metropolitan Region Ken Travers; and facilitator James Lush.

BEMP WA: on a vision for a greener west

“What exactly is Perth about, and what’s its vision?” was one of the key questions raised at last week’s Built Environment Meets Parliament conference in Western Australia.

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Member pressures force AIA into reform mode

The Australian Institute of Architects needs to reform itself in the face of increasing pressures on its members, including tighter budgets, rising costs and greater competition, according to its national…

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From left to right: Dr Brad Pettitt, Mayor, City of Fremantle; John Daley, CEO, Grattan Institute; Nicole Lockwood, Director, KPMG Australia; WA Planning Minister John Day; Greens Member for South Metropolitan Region Lynn MacLaren; Labor Member for North Metropolitan Region Ken Travers; and facilitator James Lush.

BEMP WA: on a vision for a greener west

“What exactly is Perth about, and what’s its vision?” was one of the key questions raised at last week’s Built Environment Meets Parliament conference in Western Australia.

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Our pick of jobs this week

Lend Lease is accepting expressions of interest for a Brisbane-based environmental and sustainability manager for work coming up in the Brisbane and Queensland. This role will be to ensure environmental…

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Experts appointed to guide Fishermans Bend planning

Victorian planning minister Richard Wynne has appointed a team of 11 experts and community representatives to his ministerial advisory committee on the 450-hectare Fishermans Bend urban renewal project. Public administration…

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JLL is hiring a Sydney-based director, sustainability Australia to be responsible for ensuring JLL Australia meets the firm’s global sustainability commitments and has a strong market facing presence. The role…

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Our pick of jobs this week

Fremantle Council in WA is after a sustainability (technical) officer for a four-year contract position to lead the project management and delivery of environmental sustainability projects. Ideal candidates will be…

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Richard Boele

Social risk at the fore as KPMG acquires Banarra

Professional services giant KPMG has acquired human rights consultancy Banarra in a move that signals the increasing importance of ethical sourcing, supply chain management and social impact.

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HASSELL merges with Distillery

Design practice HASSELL has merged with Singaporean design studio Distillery, as part of a commitment to Singapore as an international work hub.

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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…

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…

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…

Design & Technology

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HP’s cloud shifts to wind

IT giant Hewlett-Packard will be powering its entire global information technology requirements via wind power, under a 12-year power purchase agreement signed last week with SunEdison.

Jeremy Gill on Narrative Cities

Longform: The speed at which we travel determines how much we can absorb. When travelling by car, buildings loom in and out of focus. Walk along a city street however,…

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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…

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Member pressures force AIA into reform mode

The Australian Institute of Architects needs to reform itself in the face of increasing pressures on its members, including tighter budgets, rising costs and greater competition, according to its national…

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Auckland’s trees to combat carbon emissions

Auckland’s low carbon plan isn’t just about reducing emissions, it is also focused on absorbing them, with the city looking to urban forests to both lock up carbon and contribute…

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…