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Plants at Aurecon's 5 Star Green Star Perth office

Study: greening the office is good for business

Plants make staff happier and boost productivity by 15 per cent, the first study to assess the long-term impacts of plants on office workers has found, contradicting notions that “lean”…

Robin Mellon and Nikki Byrnes, GBCA, Esther Bailey, Ben Thomas, BBP, Beck Dawson, Investa crowd before the Building Connections – Green Leases and Fitouts event

News from the front desk: Issue No 206

On so many events, so much activity, mostly good, some really bad Did someone ring the bell for the start of the events season? On 31 July we held the…

Those using airconditioners at peak time aren't paying enough in network costs

AEMC releases draft rule on electricity network prices

The Australian Energy Market Commission has released a draft rule it says will lead to more cost-reflective electricity network charges for consumers, and could lead to capacity-based charges being employed…

A transparent luminescent solar concentrator module

Transparent solar windows a step closer

Researchers from Michigan State University in the US have developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator that can be placed over windows to creates solar energy, with possible applications for buildings…

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John Tabart is leaving Barangaroo

The big mystery is where Barangaroo Delivery Authority chief executive John Tabart will turn up next. Mr Tabart left the organisation a week ago and his spot is currently being…

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Our pick of jobs this week

Sustainability software and consulting firm PE International is looking for a Senior Sustainability Sales Consultant to help grow the Australasian business in either Sydney Melbourne or Auckland. The successful applicant…

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New appointments at Cox Rayner

Brisbane’s Cox Rayner Architects has appointed six new associates. Carol Brubaker has been appointed senior associate and will be responsible for coordinating new associates Christina Cho, Kate Pottinger, Ali Farmer,…

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ESG: the next evolution of investment

Following is a speech by Green Building Council of Australia chief executive Romilly Madew on environmental, social and corporate governance, which was presented to the August IPD breakfast series in…

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Domestic scale geothermal innovation attracting interest

By Willow Aliento 1 July 2014 — A domestic-scale geothermal heating and cooling system developed by Brisbane company QPS Geothermal has attracted interest from developers Sekisui House and Australand, as…

GECA's new textile standard aims to improve environmental and social outcomes.

GECA releases new standard for textiles

Good Environmental Choice Australia has released a new standard to address the environmental, health and social issues associated with textiles, including clothing and soft furnishings.

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Plants at Aurecon's 5 Star Green Star Perth office

Study: greening the office is good for business

Plants make staff happier and boost productivity by 15 per cent, the first study to assess the long-term impacts of plants on office workers has found, contradicting notions that “lean”…

A transparent luminescent solar concentrator module

Transparent solar windows a step closer

Researchers from Michigan State University in the US have developed a transparent luminescent solar concentrator that can be placed over windows to creates solar energy, with possible applications for buildings…

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Those using airconditioners at peak time aren't paying enough in network costs

AEMC releases draft rule on electricity network prices

The Australian Energy Market Commission has released a draft rule it says will lead to more cost-reflective electricity network charges for consumers, and could lead to capacity-based charges being employed…

ACT Environment Minister Simon Corbell

ACT government commits to carbon neutrality

The ACT government has released a framework for achieving carbon neutrality in its operations by 2020, Environment Minister Simon Corbell has announced, with a wide-ranging buildings audit the first step.…

Prime Minister Tony Abbott wants "more work" done on scrapping the RET.

Renewable Energy Target – it’s war

Reports across the media this morning have alleged Prime Minister Tony Abbott asked Renewable Energy Target review head Dick Warburton to do “more work” on the option of terminating the…

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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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The ATO building in Albury

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.

DEXUS reaps the rewards of improving sustainability across office portfolio

By Willow Aliento

22 May 2014 — The investment DEXUS has made in upgrading the sustainability of its commercial portfolio is showing bottom-line results, with blue chip tenant Lend Lease joining the NSW Government, Commonwealth of Australia and Wilson Parking in leasing space at its Zenith building in Chatswood, Sydney.

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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.