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By Tina Perinotto 29 July 2014 — Australand looks set to become part of the giant Singapore based Frasers Centrepoint group after Frasers today (Tuesday) reaffirmed a cash bid for the Australian developer at $4.48 per security. The move will give Frasers a huge portfolio in Australia of projects that have been strong leaders in sustainability. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 24 July 2014 — A new report released by the Climate Bonds Initiative and HSBC shows that the market for green bonds, a debt instrument for financing projects that tackle climate change, is exploding. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 24 July 2014 — According to Ché Wall, director of Flux consultants, the potential of green bonds for property is a game changer, particularly in Australia. Key was the value proposition on offer that tapped institutional debt markets and its fast growing appetites for climate-friendly products. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — After Environment Minister Greg Hunt told last week’s Built Environment Meets Parliament Conference the Clean Energy Finance Corporation could have “a considerable future”, the organisation has backed it up, today (Tuesday) announcing $80 million in funding for a $500 million-plus Clean Energy Infrastructure Fund Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has announced $120 million in finance for three solar leasing and power purchase agreement programs to be run by Tindo, SunEdison and Kudos Energy, which will target residential, small business, and commercial and strata-titled properties. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 22 July 2014 — A sustainable new hub for co-working, creative work and events being developed in Richmond by GIW Environmental Solutions in collaboration with interior architects Tone & Co launched its website this week and invited a community of freelancers, creatives and professionals to become members of the space. Lennox Street Exchange combines an open-plan office, cafe and performance and event space within a pre-existing warehouse, which has had an interior redevelopment... 
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By Willow Aliento 17 July 2014 — Chief executive of the Forest Products Association, Ross Hampton, on Thursday morning rode a timber bicycle to the doorstep of Parliament House to hand-deliver a letter from peak state forest industries to protest the shedding of forest science jobs in CSIRO and to make a direct plea to the Palmer United Party to intervene. Read More  
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7 July 2014 — The Australian CleanTech Index has outperformed the S&P ASX200 for the 2013-14 financial year, with a gain of 19.6 per cent compared with the ASX200’s 12.3 per cent. Though 2014 has seen a 7.2 per cent decline while the ASX200 has enjoyed a 0.8 per cent gain, for the full year the index outperformed both the ASX200 and ASX Small Ords. The cleantech industry is split into a number of sub-sectors that have environmental and economic benefits. These are solar thermal and photovoltaics,... 
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By Cameron Jewell 3 July 2014 — Timber. Pre-fab. Affordable. Medium density. These are the sustainability buzzwords repeating in The Fifth Estate residential articles at the moment, and Australand has put all four together with its recently constructed The Green apartment complex in Parkville, Melbourne. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 3 July 2014 — A week-long experiment carried out in Launceston last month has demonstrated a range of ways retail can become more sustainable and better meet people’s needs for engagement and interaction. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 3 July 2014 — A new  initiative launching this month will help retailers overcome the time pressures and business as usual mindset that can form a barrier to sustainable practise, according to the National Retail Association’s retail sustainability project manager Daile Kelleher. Read More  
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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. Read More  
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By Tom Swann, Fossil Free ANU 2 July 2014 — Is climate change the biggest challenge facing humanity? ANU vice chancellor Ian Young thinks so. Or at least that’s what he told me recently, when we met to discuss ANU’s fossil fuel investments. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 1 July 2014 — Behind one of the most stunning profits in property investment in recent years – $10 million in only six months – is the story of a cool analytical lens applied to the search for investments with positive social and environmental impacts. Even more impressive than the profit is that the buyer, Australian Unity Diversified Property Fund, is delighted with its purchase, having scoured the market for a year to find such a high quality building that meets its sustainability... 
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By Cameron Jewell 1 July 2014 — Impact Investment Group is set to sell Melbourne’s EPA building at 200 Victoria Street, Carlton for $42.3 million, in an off-market transaction that will yield a massive profit of almost $10 million on the purchase price struck in December last year when the building was only partly leased. Read More  
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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 well as energy giant AGL, within the first six months of being on the market. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 1 July 2014 — Big banks, fast food operations and up-market fashion retailers are some of the worst environmental performers, according to an ecological footprint analysis of hundreds of retail tenancies carried out by The Footprint Company. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 26 June 2014 — Office technology company Fuji Xerox’s eco-manufacturing plant in Sydney aims to enact the company’s resource stewardship policy that globally sees 97 per cent of products being remanufactured, upcycled or recycled. According to sustainability manager Amanda Keogh, that’s just the start of it’s commitment. Read More  
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25 June 2014 — 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. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 24 June 2014 — The City of Perth is pushing ahead with work to encourage Environmental Upgrade Agreement programs for retrofit work to commercial buildings, as the program continues its slow and steady roll out around the country. A recent roundtable in Perth hosted by Norman Disney & Young, and facilitated by global sustainability leader for NDY Tony Arnel, Read More  
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By Dr Rocio Bona 24 June 2014 — My journey in the built environment industry as a sustainability professional has taken me to a number of countries to work on different project types, in different sized companies, with different cultures and under different regulatory frameworks. Today, I sit back and take a moment to reflect on what makes a sustainability professional successful. No matter where I have been or what the economic environment has been like, there are three indispensable qualities... 
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24 June 2014 — Want to pick the next property hotspot? According to Terry Ryder, a director of property market specialist Hotspotting, looking for areas with good public transport, renewable energy and general sustainability infrastructure is not a bad place to start. For example new rail projects at Brisbane’s Redcliffe Peninsula and the City of Onkaparinga on Adelaide’s outskirts have driven stronger prices, Ryder says. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 18 June 2014 — Hickory Group has put up an prefabricated 77-unit, six-storey apartment complex in South Hedland, Western Australia, in just eight-and-a-half days. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 18 June 2014 — The influential Committee for Economic Development of Australia has made a powerful case for Australia to respond to climate change, with risks of inaction including increased extreme weather costs and reduction in access to foreign capital for major projects. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 17 June 2014 — In the case of Closed Loop, business growth is not only happening in financial terms, it is also happening through an integrated approach to sustainable waste management that embraces technology, relationship brokering, auditing, product development and even the cultivation of produce. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 17 June 2014 — A world-first building-integrated photovoltaic-thermal roofing system – producing electricity and thermal energy – has been installed in Sydney by BlueScope Steel. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 12 June 2014 — Mike Hill and his partner Lorna Pitt have decided to keep the last three units in the groundbreaking Westwyck Eco Village project in Melbourne’s West Brunswick after 15 of apartments in the final stage sold quickly in April and May. Read More  
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By Simon Wild, Cundall 12 June 2014 — I wrote an article last month about how we need the next disruptive innovation in the property industry to drive us forward, and I referenced a book that I love, The Innovator’s Dilemma, but a recent article from the Harvard Business Review blog caught be eye, it was called “In Defence of Routine Innovation”. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 11 June 2014 — Bill Papas, chief executive of information and technology company Forum Group, is on a major growth path, with sustainability a new core focus. Partly this is about a personal passion for Papas to work with small and medium businesses who “really invest in their business” Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 5 June 2014 — The booming Sydney residential market, especially in apartment dwellings, has led to a boom in business for sustainability consultants and energy assessors Efficient Living. “Approvals for multi-residential development applications are up 40 per cent compared to this time last year and our business is probably doing 60 per cent more work than we were last year,” company founder and managing director, Tracey Cools said. Read More  
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