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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 Willow Aliento 24 July 2014 — Guidelines for minimum apartment sizes by the Office of the Victorian Government Architect, based on New South Wales policies, are provoking an outcry from Melbourne developers. However, the measures have been supported by a recent City of Melbourne report – Homes for People: Draft Housing Strategy 2014-2018 – which was submitted to the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee in June, and says that the recent wave of new apartment developments were too... 
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By Willow Aliento 24 July 2014 — Implementing the New South Wales guidelines for multi-residential projects nationwide could improve quality sustainability outcomes while speeding up development approval, the new president of the Australian Institute of Architects David Karotkin says. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 24 July 2014 — The Productivity Commission’s report on the recent Inquiry into public infrastructure concludes there is an urgent need to overhaul processes for assessing and developing projects, with major issues including poor value for money, the need for governments to maintain partial or full funding and rising costs, partially due to the resources boom. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 24 July 2014 — Sydney Lord Mayor Clove Moore was chuffed. Charter Hall’s 333 George Street on the corner of Martin Place would “help redefine George Street and return it to its status as the city’s main promenade”, she said. The owners say the building has “intelligent design” and will help Sydney “stay abreast of its international competitors”. 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 Greg Paine 23 July 2014 — For a long time a “denser” model of living has been seen in Australia as somehow a lesser or second rate way of living, especially given our financial, emotional and political investment in the car-based suburban model. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 22 July 2014 — New South Wales Environment Minister Rob Stokes has said the state could be Australia’s answer to California as he launched a new resource efficiency policy that will see government agencies pursuing solar leasing, energy efficiency projects including lighting upgrades, minimum 4.5 star NABERS ratings and environmental upgrade agreements. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 22 July 2014 – The market in general is strengthening – for sustainability in particular, because it has a bottom line logic – but what’s going on in Brisbane is a market in transition, according to the Charter Hall view. 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 Willow Aliento 22 July 2014 — New grants from the NSW Environment Protection Agency designed to reduce waste to landfill have already created new jobs, with one of the grant recipients, Resource Recovery Australia, employing four new project staff to deliver projects in Northern and Southern New South Wales. 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 Leon Gettler 21 July 2014 – Australia is a case book study of the politics of climate change, and it will reverberate around the world.  The carbon tax has been scrapped but this is just a blip – carbon produced in Australia will eventually have a price, whether people like it or not. Read More  
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21 July 2014 — The winning design for the $1 billion Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct has been unveiled by Westadium, a consortium led by Brookfield Multiplex, Brookfield Johnson Controls and John Laing that will design, build and partly finance and maintain the precinct. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 21 July 2014 —  The Point Leisure Group has been granted the go-ahead to plan a $100-million dollar redevelopment of the heritage Quarantine Station site at Point Nepean, Victoria. Set within National Park, the proposal is for a health resort including luxury accommodation, a geothermal bathhouse, hot pools and a conference centre. Read More  
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By Alex Kazaglis, Imperial College London 21 July 2014 — From The Conversation: Australia’s carbon price has gone – but a UK review released this week shows that to lay the foundations for a low-carbon economy, pricing carbon is far from the whole story. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 21 July 2014 — Australia lags most developed economies on energy efficiency, a new report by the not-for-profit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has revealed, with transport and commercial building energy intensity a particular weak spot. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 16 July 2014 — As the chaos around the carbon tax repeal consumed Parliament House on Tuesday, in a corner theatre the built environment industry was quietly getting on with business at the annual Built Environment Meets Parliament conference. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 17 July 2014 — A $700,000 Environmental Upgrade Agreement has been signed for the Anglican Church’s St James’ Hall building at 169-171 Phillip Street, Sydney. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 17 July 2014 — People will pay more for a home in a leafy area and take a pay cut if it means getting a glimpse of nature from their desk, a new report from Planet Ark shows. And there are major bottom-line benefits for business in terms of increased productivity and staff retention for those who invest in greening the workplace. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 17 July 2014 — The Property Council of Australia has been quietly working with professional services firm KPMG on an alternative funding model for urban infrastructure that has the potential to align economic, social and environmental outcomes for cities. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 17 July 2014 — The Western Australian government is behind an affordable modular apartment building currently being assembled in the Perth suburb of Success, expected to be erected in under 10 days. Read More  
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16 July 2014 — The City of Sydney has been announced as co-chair of the C40 Private Sector Buildings Energy Efficiency Network along with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 15 July 2014 – Projects in Fremantle, Canberra and Sydney were recognised for excellence, winning the top awards at the Planning Institute of Australia’s Planning Australia Award for Urban Design held at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra last night (Monday). Read More  
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BEMP 2015 Canberra 15 July 2014  – From Senator Scott Ludlam #BEMP2014: “the situation is critical, stop being so polite” @SenatorLudlam The Fifth Estate is in Canberra today for all the fun and gore of the circus of history. Gore as in the Carbon Tax, slated for repeal today.  Gore in honour of Al Gore who in his huddle with the Muddles (Clive Palmer et al) encourage a promise from the Palmer United Party Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 15 July 2014 – Higher densities are considered generally more sustainable and there’s a surge in higher density apartment developments in Melbourne and Sydney, with other cities and even regional centres starting to catch the bug. But what’s driving the market? Read More  
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By David Singleton, Arup 15 July 2014 – It’s no secret that plans to develop Australia’s north have been underfoot for decades. Yes, some positive advancements have been made “up north”, but there is more we can be and should be doing to make it a reality sooner, says David Singleton.  Read More  
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14 July 2014 – A town near Coober Pedy in South Australia will soon have 70 per cent of its energy generated by wind and solar power, thanks to Australian Renewable Energy Agency investment of 18.5 million support towards a hybrid renewable energy project. Energy Developments Limited is proposing to integrate up to 2 MW Read More  
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Staff reporters 14 July 2014 – Victoria’s Napthine government has spurned major economic benefits and used “dodgy data” to justify scrapping the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target, a new report by global engineering and construction firm Jacobs has found. A recently released business impact assessment conducted by the government, concluded the benefits of VEET were limited and recommended that it should therefore be discontinued. Read More  
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  By Eminè Mehmet 15 July 2014 – Last year, I travelled to the UK and South Africa to promote The Big Shift Sustainable Design Competition. On this trip, I met with exhibitors, design industry associations and sponsors to lay foundations for the competition. Read More  
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