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By Willow Aliento 31 July 2014 — Adelaide’s inner-city apartment market seems to be contradicting the trends of Melbourne’s high rise apartment developers and planning authorities who appear to have downgraded sustainability. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 31 July 2014 — Weeks after the carbon tax was axed, and an age since Direct Action was proposed as an alternative, the property industry remains unconvinced the Coalition’s answer to reducing greenhouse gas emissions can work. Read More  
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By Digby Hall, Aurecon 31 July 2014 — Did you ever have a fort, cubby or tree house when you were a kid? Was it awesome? It wasn’t awesome because it was big, but rather because it was immersed in the garden, it had windows and doors and places to hide stuff and it was scaled for just you and it was yours. A fort as big as a house just wasn’t the same. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 31 July 2014 — Australia Post’s retrofitted headquarters in Strawberry Hills, Sydney – StarTrack House – has had a 1000-plus-panel, 284 kilowatt solar system installed on its roof. The high-efficiency system, supplied by Yingli Solar and installed by Photon Energy over the past three months, is expected to produce around 370 megawatt-hours of electricity a year, cutting costs by an estimated $65,000 a year Read More  
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By Bruce Easton, Ecovantage 31 July 2014 — In this edited version of a presentation given at the recent Clean Energy Council’s Clean Energy Week conference in Sydney, Bruce Easton suggests energy efficiency is more important than renewables and needs a stronger voice in the Australian energy debate. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 31 July 2014 — We typically spend at least a third of our lives in our homes, but while there have been many studies done into the impact of sustainable environments in the workplace, the domestic realm has not had the same degree of attention. A new book by interior designer Melissa Wittig from Healthy Interiors and sustainability consultant Danielle King from Green Moves Australia aims to fill the residential information gap and provide a blueprint for creating energy efficient... 
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By Cameron Jewell 30 July 2014 — Head of the Business Council of Australia Jennifer Westacott is calling for Australia to adopt a “cities agenda”, in stark contrast to the federal government, which has dismantled measures to assist city development on a national scale including axing the Major Cities Unit. Read More  
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By Tina Perinotto 30 July 2014 — When China International Marine Containers, or CIMIC, saw that the mining investment boom had peaked and was settling into the steady extraction phase, it looked around for how it could use its skills at supplying mining accommodation to something a bit longer lasting. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 30 July 2014 — There are many alternatives to dumping, burying or combusting waste, and Paul Connett does a very thorough job of outlining both the business and the environmental case for more enlightened methods. He also does it in an entertaining way, crafting a compelling and achievable vision of a more people-centred, community-minded and sustainable society. Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 29 July 2014 — Fishermans Bend is Victoria’s massive new development adjacent to the CBD, with a scale to rival Docklands next door and Barangaroo in Sydney. But in contrast to the competitive green agendas of these precincts the Victorian government has sidelined sustainability and almost invited developers to do what they please. Read More  
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  By Cameron Jewell 29 July 2014 — We recently featured a story on a breakthrough building-integrated photovoltaic-thermal roofing technology installed in Sydney. The system generates electricity while also provides heating and cooling, and its developer BlueScope sees a big future in Australia for the system. Read More  
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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 Willow Aliento 29 July 2014 — In three months alone 49 residential towers were approved in the Melbourne CBD. But why is the Victorian state government, which controls approval for the biggest towers, ignoring the City of Melbourne’s Green Star minimum standards? Read More  
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By Willow Aliento 29 July 2014 — When religious leader Thea Omerod was arrested last month as part of coal mine blockade at the Maules Creek in New South Wales, it was not so much an isolated radical fringe event but a symbol of a much deeper Read More  
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By Jason Byrne and Christoph Rupprecht, Griffith University 28 July 2014 — From The Conversation: Your local park is likely playing a vital role in your city’s health, and probably your own too. Parks and other “green spaces” help keep cities cool, and as places of recreation, can help with health issues such as obesity. Even looking at greenery can make you feel better. Read More  
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By Cameron Jewell 28 July 2014 — The first precinct in Mirvac’s Harold Park redevelopment in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Forest Lodge has been officially opened, with the developer saying the interest that has been generated is a sure sign there’s a strong market for sustainable, high-density city living. 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 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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