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ANZ will issue its first green bond within weeks

Green bonds: ANZ joins the global rush

ANZ announced on Friday it would in the next two weeks issue its first green bond, joining NAB, Westpac and Stockland with a product that continues to storm global investment…

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Transit oriented development set to take off

Transit oriented development is set to make an enormous impact on Australia’s urban landscape over the next 50 years, as governments seek to tackle social and economic pressures in large…

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Does size matter?

It’s ironic that while workspace ratios have declined in recent years, we continue to think big is best in residential development.

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NZ: Did we lose the wood for the concrete?

In the fifth year after the first Canterbury Earthquake there is a renewed sense of urgency in the pace of the commercial rebuild. Busy is good, but busy generally means…

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Romance Was Born – the fashion label that will feature at the Venice Biennale next year

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…

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…

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Building a better energy plan for Australia

It will come as no surprise that the building industry is a huge consumer of energy. Around 20 per cent of all the power Australia generates is used in our…

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Our pick of jobs this week

The City of Sydney is now in the process of recruiting its chief resilience officer, a $220,000+ a year position created as part of the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities…

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Victorian Government Architect position up for grabs

The Andrews Government is searching for the next Victorian Government Architect, following the position being left vacant under the previous Liberal government following Geoffrey London standing down last year.

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Ex-Microsoft CTO Greg Stone joins Arup

The former chief technology officer of Microsoft Australia has joined global engineering, planning and design heavyweight Arup as regional leader of digital services across Australasia.

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Advertisement: Sustainability Manager

$109,484 pa plus Superannuation Performance based contract up to 5 years Option to work under a 19 day month arrangement The City of Sydney is seeking an experienced, highly motivated…

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Budget 2015: Winners and Losers

The federal budget 2015 has pretty much given nothing to the sustainability sector, except for the centrepiece small business measures, which might be beneficial for small and medium enterprises in…

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CEC releases guide to improve SME electricity use

A Clean Energy Council guide for small to medium enterprises on demand-side solutions for improving electricity use highlights the benefits of energy efficiency and embedded generation such as solar power.

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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…

WGE first to get GBCA “recognised provider” status

Brief: Wood & Grieve Engineers has become the first company validated under the Green Building Council of Australia’s new “recognised provider” program, awarded to companies with technical expertise in the…

How to tackle business and household e-waste

Australia has one of the highest per capita volumes of e-waste in the world, according to new research by the Economist Intelligence Unit, with an average amount of 19.71 kg…

Cutting the waste in hair salons

Sustainable Salons Australia, a program to divert 95 per cent of the waste generated in hair salons from landfill, is proving to be a valuable marketing tool for businesses that…

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Transit oriented development set to take off

Transit oriented development is set to make an enormous impact on Australia’s urban landscape over the next 50 years, as governments seek to tackle social and economic pressures in large…

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Life in a windowless box: the vertical slums of Melbourne

Australia’s apartment boom is in full swing. Nationally, 40 per cent of new dwellings are now apartments or units, and building approvals outnumber those for houses. Melbourne and Brisbane are…

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Sydney moves to target apartment sustainability

Increased BASIX targets and mandatory disclosure of energy performance for apartment buildings are some of the ambitious strategies the City of Sydney hopes to implement as part of its plan…

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Investa’s tenant engagement program goes national

According to Jason Leong, chief operations officer for Investa Office, the fund’s national tenant retention strategy is designed to work on several levels – sustainability, energy efficiency, waste and hopefully…

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Smashing the RET

COMMENT (UPDATED 19 May 2015): The federal government has won in its attempts to smash a huge part of the Renewable Energy Target, destroying an estimated $6 billion in much…

Renewables face an uphill battle in WA

Western Australia’s renewable energy sector faces bigger barriers than uncertainty around the Renewable Energy Target, with a distribution company and retailers whose policies create disincentives for commercial solar installations.

Budget 2015: Industry responds

Aside from a few crumbs, the upsides of the budget for property, sustainability, science, engineering and the global environment are very few indeed. Many industry groups, professional associations and political…

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Budget 2015: Winners and Losers

The federal budget 2015 has pretty much given nothing to the sustainability sector, except for the centrepiece small business measures, which might be beneficial for small and medium enterprises in…

Joe – just don’t mention the “C” word

Opinion: Reading through the budget papers hoping to find scraps thrown in the direction of creating a fair, sustainable, low-carbon Australia quickly revealed a major gap in the government’s commentary.

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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…

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Romance Was Born – the fashion label that will feature at the Venice Biennale next year

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…

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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…