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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 — How do you deal with the issue of heating, ventilation and airconditioning in very tall residential buildings? It’s not easy, and the demands are far different to those for commercial towers. Read More  
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3 July 2014 — The Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating has released a video on water conservation and efficiency in cooling towers for building owners and operators. 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 26 June 2014 — The Fifth Estate has been paying attention to the growing number of tall buildings on our city skylines. In terms of densification and transport tall buildings are a sustainable plus. But how much effort are the designers, engineers and developers putting into making them more sustainable? Read More  
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25 June 2014 — The City of Joondalup in Western Australia has received the first-ever Green Star Public Building As Built rating for the Currambine Community Centre. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 25 June 2014 — Sydney’s One Central Park has been declared the best tall building in the Asian and Australasian region by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 24 June 2014 — Around the world, there is an enormous level of innovation around sustainability products for the buildings sector. With buildings accounting for 19 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in 2010, and the use of energy in buildings expected to double or even triple by 2050, innovations in the sector are going to become increasingly important 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 18 June 2014 — Melbourne’s 171 Collins Street, a joint venture project by Cbus Property and Charter Hall, has been recognised for outstanding green building achievement by the United Nations Association of Australia. 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 Cameron Jewell 17 June 2014 — An innovative project to lighten roads and battle the urban heat island effect has begun in the Sydney suburb of Chippendale, with a light concrete mix being spread over streets on Friday. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 16 June 2014 — The University of Technology Sydney’s Frank Gehry-designed Dr Chau Chak Wing Building continues to be slowly unveiled. The Fifth Estate recently toured the near-completed 5 Star Green Star Education Design v1 rated building Read More  
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  By Murray Hogarth, Green Capital 11 June 2014 – There’s plenty of scepticism around 3D printing but also an exciting buzz that, with the right refinement, it can offer transformative opportunities for manufacturing in a more sustainable economy, Murray Hogarth reports. Read More  
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By Leon Gettler 10 June 2014 — With climate change all but locked in, governments must now turn to adaptation as well as mitigation measures to ensure the safety and liveability of cities. Just last week, the US federal government announced it would give $1 billion to New York and New Jersey to spend on resilience projects following Hurricane Sandy. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 28 May 2014 — The Library at the Dock is set to become Melbourne’s most sustainable civic landmark and one of Australia’s most sustainable public buildings, according to the developers. Read More  
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By staff reporters 5 June 2014 — Developers want the NSW government to get rid of barriers to putting super tall and mega tall buildings in Sydney’s CBD, envisaging Sydney in 2050 with buildings double the height of current skyscrapers and tens of thousands of workers living and working in the city. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 5 June 2014 – The recent merger between global engineering firm WSP and Melbourne-based structural engineering specialist WINWARD Group, which incorporates WINWARD Structures and WINWARD Civil  is designed to capitalise on the move towards taller buildings in major cities both in Australia and globally. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 4 June 2014 — A  breakthrough technology by CSIRO has made solar thermal energy a step closer to cost competitiveness with fossil fuel generated power. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 29 May 2014 — Growing value-added manufacturing and building with timber is a logical move in terms of decarbonising our built environment. It’s an idea which is gaining popularity, with local examples like Forté, Netball Central and The Library at The Dock Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 28 May 2014 — The largest laminated veneer lumber portals ever used in Australia are currently being erected at Netball Central, at Sydney’s Homebush, but it’s taken architect Claire Matheson from Scott Carver to become somewhat of a pioneer to achieve a result that may now pave the way for more industrial-scale timber buildings. Read More  
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27 May 2014 — Commercial buildings can cut HVAC energy use by an average 57 per cent through energy-efficiency control systems, a US government study has found – much more than expected. Read More  
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By Sandra Edmunds 22 May 2014 – Safeguarding buildings against extreme events presents a huge business opportunity for Australian industry, a UK environmental expert at the ARBS trade exhibition in Melbourne on Tuesday said. Read More  
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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. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 20 May 2014 — Arup’s Andrew Pettifer has moved up the ladder a notch as part of staffing restructures to better position the engineering group for a growing order book in Sydney. There’s work in a crop of new buildings, including a new head office in Investa’s redevelopment at 151 Clarence Street, road and light rail contracts, and an emerging trend in office to residential conversions. Read More  
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By Andrew Smith, A.G. Coombs 8 May 2014 — You don’t need to invest in new equipment to get savings from older buildings. It’s possible to get up to a 50 per cent performance improvement in old building stock by tuning alone, A.G. Coombs’ Andrew Smith says. Many people hear “retrofit” as a big rip-and-replace operation, but you don’t need to replace all your existing building systems to achieve substantial energy savings. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 1 May 2014 — A new Business of Sustainability website developed by Consult Australia to assist professional services firms navigate the process of going green has been released. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 28 April 2014 — The announcement of a senate inquiry into Australia’s innovation system is an opportunity to insist the Federal Government put sustainability front and centre, according to Australia’s peak engineering body. Read More  
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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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