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15 April 2014 — British interior fitout company SAS International has bought out Sydney-based ceiling distributor Mikor in a move designed to gain more market share for SAS’s metal ceiling systems. Mikor, a Green Building Council of Australia member, was a supplier of SAS International’s metal ceilings, as well the German AMF mineral fibre ceiling tiles and the Danish Rockfon Rockwool ceiling products. Read More  
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15 April 2014 — South African Nobel Peace Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for a global consumer-led boycott of companies that contribute to climate change. Writing in The Guardian, the Archbishop said that while nations like the US and Canada continue to contemplate fossil-fuel industry projects such as the Keystone XL Pipeline despite the latest IPCC reports on the urgency of reducing carbon emissions, it is the responsibility of individuals to use the tactics that worked against... 
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By Cameron Jewell 1 April 2014 — Extended interview: The Fifth Estate often hears that sustainability is a naff term, people have green fatigue and business needs to find new language for these concepts. So when we were presented with an email saying green and sustainability had become taboo words with corporates and we needed to move to “blue”, it was met with an extended eye roll. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 10 April 2014 — Just as the original Trojan horse was made of wood, so too is the leverage the Green Building Institute, promoter of the Green Globes rating system, has used to undermine the use of the US Green Building Council’s LEED ratings system by government funded projects in the United States. A major lobbying push by the alternative rating system – which has a board featuring members from chemical companies, lobbyists for the vinyl industry, firms involved with the... 
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By Cameron Jewell 9 April 2014 — Investment manager and super fund Australian Ethical has downgraded Australian renewables due to government policy uncertainty that has forced some companies in the sector to turn to fossil fuels. However, Asia is now looking like a hot destination instead. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 9 April 2014 – GHD announced its acquisition of Woodhead a day after ASIC appointed administrators for the award-winning international architecture practice, The Fifth Estate has discovered. Sydney Firm HLB Mann Judd was appointed as the administrators for Woodhead on 2 April, with the first creditor meeting set for 14 April in Sydney. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 3 April 2014 – Updated: Monash University has denied a decision has been made on whether it will reveal its climate investment risk after leaked correspondence showed it had been advised to ignore a request from the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, and that most other Australian universities were following suit. Read More  
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2 April 2014 — Multinational design and engineering consultancy Hyder Consulting has acquired Brisbane-based Flinders Group, a planning, environment and project management services firm. Flinders has 70 staff, and specialises in services through the infrastructure lifecycle from initiation to planning and delivery, working across the energy, environment, mining, property, transport, power transmission and water sectors. “We are thrilled to welcome Flinders Group to the Hyder team,” said Greg... 
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  By Willow Aliento 2 April 2014 – Managing director of the Aboriginal Carbon Fund Rowan Foley says the fund has attracted support from major corporates such as  NAB, Westpac and CommBank, which seconded CommSec stockbroker Allister Logan to work in the funds business development area. The fund, which is also working with Monash University, CSIRO and the Fair Carbon project, in January held a Fair Carbon workshop in Melbourne, opened by Professor Tim Flannery, with speakers including Westpac’s... 
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By Daniel Nyberg and Christopher Wright 1 April 2014 — From The Conversation: We find ourselves in an era of what we might call creative self-destruction. We’re destroying ourselves – it’s as simple as that. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 1 April 2014 — Chief executive of Southern Cross Recycling Chris Todorovski used to be an accountant and was part of his way through a masters of business administration before he noticed far more interesting opportunities in recycling. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 1 April 2014 – Through a triple-bottom line approach to carbon neutrality and member-focused business practices, Teachers Mutual Bank has out-ranked many larger organisations in being named in the Ethisphere Institute’s 2014 World’s Most Ethical Companies ranking. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 1 April 2014 — An update to the Australian Securities Exchange’s Corporate Governance Principles and Recommendations means companies must now disclose environmental, economic and social sustainability risks, or explain why they have not. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 1 April 2014 — The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has announced $100 million of debt finance for extensive commercial property retrofits, some good news after last week’s slap in the face to the industry from the Victorian Government. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 27 March 2014 — Publicly listed European company Photon Energy has opened up an Australian office in Bondi, NSW, bringing with it a no-capital model for commercial solar installations. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 27 March 2014 — McGraw Hill Construction has released a report on building information modelling in Australian and New Zealand economies, finding that the region is an international leader in BIM adoption Read More  
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26 March 2014 — Murdoch University has released a study finding it is in the financial interests of villages located on mine sites to install renewable energy generation. While employing behaviour change measures and energy efficiency could reduce a village’s carbon footprint by six per cent, the switch to renewables could cut the high carbon footprint of a mining village dramatically and pay for itself, the study found. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 25 March 2014 — Increasing demand for sustainability credentials is pushing up prices, but according to WTP managing director Nick Deeks, there’s long term gain as well. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 25 March 2014 — With the outlook for construction activity positive across most states, escalation of construction price costs is largely being controlled due to aggressive tendering by tier two construction contractors, according to WT Partnership’s Review of Construction Market Conditions to March 2014, which was released this month. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 25 March 2014 – The notion of stranded assets is gaining ground as companies such as ExxonMobil last week said it would report on its “Carbon Asset Risk” to assess its financial risks from climate change that could lower valuation of its oil reserves. Read More  
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24 March 2014 — National energy efficiency program CitySwitch has clocked up its 500th member, with the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development joining the legion of businesses working to cut energy costs. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 19 March 2014 — ASX-listed energy management firm Energy Action has purchased Dr Paul Bannister’s energy efficiency consultancy Exergy for $4 million, with the merger giving EA Read More  
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19 March 2014 – Stockland announced on Wednesday morning it has acquired a strategic stake in Australand. A media statement from Stockland said it had obtained a 19.9 per cent (115,166,597 securities) strategic stake in Australand at an average price of $3.78. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 18 March 2014 — Austral has become the first company to create bricks and pavers certified as carbon neutral under the government’s national Carbon Offset Standard. The bricks are available nationally under the Daniel Robertson brand and are manufactured by Austral at its Longford plant in Tasmania. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 18 March 2014 — A new online platform is giving business, planners, architects and educational institutions the ability to quickly and cost-effectively assess options for building – and living – within the earth’s finite resources. The online sustainability calculation system and software platform has been developed by Dr Caroline Noller’s The Footprint Company. TFC’s calculators deliver a whole of building, whole of life evaluation that incorporates energy, water and... 
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By Willow Aliento 13 March 2013 — Legal firm Corrs Chambers Westgarth has signed a lease for space in Brisbane’s Premium Grade One One One Eagle Street and, according to partner Peter Caloy, high performance buildings are the only way to go. The company has offices in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney, and plans to shift close to 1000 workers across all locations into high-performing spaces. Sydney’s 347 staff were the first to make the shift into sustainable space at Mirvac’s 8 Chifley... 
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By Maria Atkinson, Maria Atkinson Consultancy 13 March 2014 – “There’s a lot of talk about green buildings but they are still a relatively new concept in Australia and at the moment a lot of people in the industry don’t know how to build green or who to turn to for advice.” Hard to believe I said that just over 10 years ago. It was October 2003 and, as the founding chief executive officer of the Green Building Council of Australia, I was looking forward to Australia’s first green building... 
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By Christine Trenorden, University College London 12 March 2014 — From The Conversation: When residents from the tiny town of Bulga won a three-year court battle to stop Rio Tinto expanding an open-cut coalmine beside them, it was hailed as a victory for David over Goliath. Yet the type of legal aid that helped those Hunter Valley residents last year may soon be much less widely available. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 11 March 2014 — Net Balance is set to expand its sustainable infrastructure capabilities with the imminent appointment of a new Infrastructure Sustainability Consultant to develop and coordinate a new training program specifically for the infrastructure and construction sectors. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 10 March 2014 — Australian company Aquacell, which supplied a blackwater recycling system to Sydney’s 1 Bligh Street, is finding a market niche in the  United States and Dubai. Read More  
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