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24 April 2014 — China’s WinSun Engineering Design decoration Company has successfully utilised 3D printing to build 10 full-size 200 square metre prototype homes in a single day using 100 per cent recycled materials, according to 3Ders.org. The raw materials comprised recycled construction waste, industrial waste and tailings, which are combined to create construction concrete. This was then extruded by giant 3D printers 150 metres long by 10m wide by 6.65m high in a layer by layer process.... 
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By Willow Aliento 24 April 2014 — The student accommodation sector is in the middle of a boom, with new operators such as Iglu and Campus Living Villages delivering sound returns to investors like Macquarie Bank and the superannuation funds. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 15 April 2014 — Public transport of the future is likely to be faster and greener. Many cities around the world have public transport infrastructure that’s been in place for over a century, and some radical plans are in the works that will redefine our notion of how we get around. A lot of it sounds like science fiction but these innovations are being developed right now. Indeed, some are already here. Read More  
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16 April 2014 — Windows that generate solar power could be a step closer to reality, thanks to research on quantum dots. Researchers from Italy and the US found that the superior light-emitting properties of quantum dots – ultra-small bits of semiconductor matter – could be applied to solar energy production by helping more efficiently harvest sunlight. A luminescent solar concentrator, a slab of transparent material containing quantum dots, would absorb sunlight and guide it towards a solar... 
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By Willow Aliento 3 April 2014 – WT Sustainability already had Australia’s most energy-efficient office fitout, yet the company still found ways to reduce power use by a further 13 per cent. Director, Steve Hennessy explained Read More  
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By Siân Willmott, GIW Environmental Solutions 2 April 2014 — ESD engineer Siân Willmot says there is much debate over the best solutions for hot water systems in the multi-unit residential sector. This article presents research conducted by GIW, which is provided to clients considering the best option for their development. 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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By Tina Perinotto 25 March 2014 — If you need to source cheaper and more low carbon electricity for your organisation – or want to understand more about this increasingly critical part of the sustainability landscape  – then our latest ebook will be invaluable. The Energy Gold Rush: Your Toolkit for Strategic Energy Management, has been a huge project. Developed in collaboration with energy experts AGL, Energetics and Envizi, Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 25 March 2014 — RMIT University has announced a $98 million plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions across its campuses, which it claims is the largest project of its kind in the southern hemisphere. 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 Leon Gettler 18 March 2014 — 3D printing has the potential to revolutionise urban sustainability. It will see houses and offices created with less waste, CO2 emissions and transport. 3D printing will make manufacturing and construction sustainable for the first time ever. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 12 March 2014 — Billions in travel and energy costs could be saved and carbon emissions reduced if Australia invests in information communication technology, a Telstra report suggests. Read More  
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By Suzanne Benn and Patrick Crittenden, University of Technology, Sydney 26 February 2014 — From The Conversation: The debate about the future of Australia’s Renewable Energy Target (RET) has largely focused on the issue of immediate costs to business. But if we’re thinking about Australia’s long-term economic interests, there are a number of reasons why leaving the target as it is makes good business sense. Read More  
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By Tony Arnel, Norman Disney & Young 25 February 2014 — Modular construction can deliver a six per cent reduction in costs, according to research by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US. In a market where a one per cent saving can mean the difference between profit and loss, modular makes business sense. And, in a world of finite resources, modular makes environmental sense. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 19 February 2014 — Energy efficiency technology provider BuildingIQ is expanding its Australian project base, as strategic partnerships with Schneider Electric and AE Smith open up new opportunities. Read More  
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  18 February 2014 — The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Airconditioning and Heating is helping to develop a rating tool for HVAC systems it hopes will have a “profound impact” on building energy use and costs. The Calculating Cool Online HVAC Rating Tool captures quantitative and qualitative data across design, installation and operational phases to “rate, reward and encourage” best-practice HVAC systems. Read More  
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18 February 2014 — Curtin University researchers have found a way to create rechargeable batteries with greater capacity. This could transform the electric vehicle market by allowing cars to run for more than 300 kilometres before needing to recharge, the researchers say. Read More  
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By Erik Moore, Arup 6 February 2014 — As reported on The Fifth Estate on 16 July last year, 8 Chifley Square is one of a new breed of buildings currently being introduced to the Sydney commercial market. This new breed is providing the City of Sydney with ingenious and unorthodox designs that are leading the international field in sustainable building design in their technology and systems, along with the less tangible element of societal change. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 4 February 2014 — NuGreen Solutions is ready to shake up the energy efficiency marketplace with a no capital solar energy offering for the commercial market that removes entirely the up-front capital cost of installing solar photovoltaic systems and delivers immediate energy bill savings. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 4 February 2014 — Retirement housing this week took a big step up to the sustainability challenge with Stockland’s launch of Australia’s first 4 Star Green Star rated retirement village in Melbourne, and in NSW the  installation of a 100-kilowatt solar system at Yass Valley Aged Care by SolarMax. Read More  
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By Yolande Strengers, RMIT University 3 February 2013 — From The Conversation: “Imagine this: Total Electric Living… where electricity does absolutely everything: heats, air conditions, cooks, preserves food, lights, entertains, encourages hobbies, makes it the easiest way ever Read More  
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20 January 2014 — University of New South Wales Scientia Professor Stuart Wenham has won the prestigious £300,000 ($A560,000) AF Harvey Engineering Research Prize from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Read More  
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By Jonathan Prendergast, Prendergast Projects 20 January 2014 — Embedded generation has the potential to reduce peak energy demand during heatwaves, helping to increase security and reduce the need for costly grid upgrades. Is it fair, then, that it’s being slugged with huge network charges? Read More  
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16 January 2014 — CSIRO’s brainchild BuildingIQ, a cloud-based energy-efficiency platform, has enabled a landmark New York Building to save 440 tonnes of CO2 in twelve months. Read More  
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28 November 2013 — [UPDATED 2 December 2013] The NSW Government has released a guide and tool so businesses can determine whether a cogeneration or trigeneration system is financially and technically viable. Launching the guide, NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker said the Energy Saver Cogeneration feasibility guide was the first major project delivered under the Government’s Energy Efficiency Action Plan Read More  
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27 November 2013 — Concrete manufacturer Wagners, Bligh Tanner Consulting Engineers and architects HASSELL have won a prize for a world-first structural application of cement-free concrete. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 14 November 2013 — The 2013 Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors Infinite Value Awards winners have been announced, with the sustainable/green project award going to Monash University Briggs and Jackomos Hall. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 14 November 2013 — The energy performance of Melbourne’s iconic award-winning CH2 building has been revealed at the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Airconditioning and Heating’s Preloved Buildings Conference at Sydney’s Doltone House. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 14 November 2013 — Roads that light up with massive snowflakes to warn of icy conditions, LED lighting that can see when your car has passed and turns itself off, and even a road that creates its own energy – these are some of the visions of roads for the coming decades. Read More  
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