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How HVAC can step up to a net zero world

Data centres sharing waste heat with the next-door swimming pool, super efficient facades, renewables, storage, phase-change materials, solar cooling, natural ventilation and personalised comfort control. Welcome to the future of net zero HVAC as predicted by experts.

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We know that storytelling is the secret to influence and there is nowhere we need that more than in the urgent need for climate action.

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Al Gore on the great inflexion point

Ecocity2017: There might have been plenty of talent and unexpected insights on offer, but, let’s face it, Al Gore was the climate action superstar that everyone wanted to see.

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New workplace head at WMK

Architecture practice WMK has appointed Dr Donna Wheatley as its head of workplace and education strategy. Dr Wheatley has international experience in workplace design, and has previously worked for BVN…

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CEFC backs Wattwatchers’ energy-bill-cutting innovation

Clean tech start-up Wattwatchers is gearing up for expansion, with the successful conclusion of a $4 million Series A capital raising, which saw the Clean Energy Finance Corporation put in $2 million through its Clean Energy Innovation Fund.

How one company is managing the energy price explosion

We’ve heard unfortunate stories of companies exposed to energy prices up to four times what they’ve been used to paying. For some businesses, these sorts of price increases in gas and electricity may prove fatal.

Corruption concerns over NSW’s mandatory planning panel push

Property lobby groups are overjoyed by the NSW government’s announcement it will install mandatory planning panels to approve development applications, but the local government sector and opposition parties say there are probity and accountability issues.

Shareholders drag CommBank to court over climate change failure

Amid accusations of repeatedly breaching money laundering laws that may have led to the funding of terrorism, the Commonwealth Bank has found itself in yet another saga, now being dragged to court by angry shareholders for failing to adequately disclose climate change risk.

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SkyConnex next for Sydney?

While we’ve been busy working out how driverless cars will fit with our evolving world and how we need to repurpose our buildings and cities to fit – just a fragment of the topics at our upcoming Tomorrowland event – some people have been working on flying cars.

Federal policy sorely lacking on cooling cities

Federal policy on the urban island heat island effect is a sorely missing piece of the puzzle to cool our cities, according to the CRC for Low Carbon Living chief executive Professor Deo Prasad.

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Australian leadership: zero carbon cement possible in 10 years

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The pros and cons of building upgrade grants

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Would more people buy solar panels if they were green?

Green solar panels that blend in with nature; red solar panels on a terracotta roof; white solar hidden on a wall. Researchers have discovered a way to turn typically black and blue solar panels a shade of green, and potentially any colour imaginable.

Could cool roofs cause more pollution?

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How HVAC can step up to a net zero world

Data centres sharing waste heat with the next-door swimming pool, super efficient facades, renewables, storage, phase-change materials, solar cooling, natural ventilation and personalised comfort control. Welcome to the future of net zero HVAC as predicted by experts.

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The war on coffee cups – and how to win

Staff are the primary generators of operational waste in an office building. They produce an average of 118 kg of waste per person each year. Much of this is avoidable items such as coffee cups, disposable lunch and beverage containers, paper towels and office paper.

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The art of storytelling

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Mind the gap: Why you’ll die earlier in Sydney’s west

Research based on new Census data has shown that life expectancy goes down dramatically as you travel west in Sydney. At its most extreme the gap between average life expectancy in an Eastern Suburb of your choice and Mount Druitt in Sydney’s west is 20 years.

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Comic: Stuart McMillen on Energy Slaves

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Book review: We do things differently by Mark Stevenson

For any of us that have felt deep concern about the lack of vision in government, We do things differently is a timely reminder of the power of grassroots innovation to create solutions to some of the world’s big challenges.

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News From The Front

How HVAC can step up to a net zero world

Data centres sharing waste heat with the next-door swimming pool, super efficient facades, renewables, storage, phase-change materials, solar cooling, natural ventilation and personalised comfort control. Welcome to the future of net zero HVAC as predicted by experts.

The art of storytelling

We know that storytelling is the secret to influence and there is nowhere we need that more than in the urgent need for climate action.

Jobs and Business News

Our pick of jobs this week

Arup is after a Sydney-based Senior Sustainability Consultant to join the Environment and Resources team. The primary focus of this role is to contribute to developing the sustainability consulting services…

the fifth estate, jobs

Our pick of jobs this week

South Australia’s Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources is hiring a Manager, Sustainable Development Kangaroo Island responsible for supporting and facilitating economic and sustainable development on Kangaroo Island. This…

sustainability, careers, built environment

Our pick of jobs this week

New sustainability consultancy Action Sustainability is looking for a Sydney-based Sustainability Consultant – Property and Infrastructure, who will be involved in a diverse range of assignments in the property and…

New workplace head at WMK

Architecture practice WMK has appointed Dr Donna Wheatley as its head of workplace and education strategy. Dr Wheatley has international experience in workplace design, and has previously worked for BVN…

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Al Gore on the great inflexion point

Ecocity2017: There might have been plenty of talent and unexpected insights on offer, but, let’s face it, Al Gore was the climate action superstar that everyone wanted to see.

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Australian leadership: zero carbon cement possible in 10 years

Cement creates more carbon emissions than every car in the world combined, but Beyond Zero Emissions has cooked up a plan for Australia to lead the world with a zero carbon cement industry. And one that could help reverse job losses through the closure of coal plants.

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CEFC backs Wattwatchers’ energy-bill-cutting innovation

Clean tech start-up Wattwatchers is gearing up for expansion, with the successful conclusion of a $4 million Series A capital raising, which saw the Clean Energy Finance Corporation put in $2 million through its Clean Energy Innovation Fund.

The pros and cons of building upgrade grants

There’s an old question about grants. Some funding is great but is it ever enough? The issue recently rose to the fore with the recent announcement from Sustainability Victoria that had a new program of grants for energy efficiency, called Better Commercial Buildings.

The war on coffee cups – and how to win

Staff are the primary generators of operational waste in an office building. They produce an average of 118 kg of waste per person each year. Much of this is avoidable items such as coffee cups, disposable lunch and beverage containers, paper towels and office paper.

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Charge up for All-Energy Australia 2017

All-Energy Australia is back for its ninth year, with more than 120 speakers, more than 120 domestic and international exhibitors, and the launch of new program streams, making the event one of the world’s most significant platforms for the clean and renewable energy industry.

ARENA delivers environmental upgrade funding boost

About 50 per cent of all local councils in Victoria will now be able to offer Environmental Upgrade Finance, with an expansion of the partnership between the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the Sustainable Melbourne Fund (SMF).

Would more people buy solar panels if they were green?

Green solar panels that blend in with nature; red solar panels on a terracotta roof; white solar hidden on a wall. Researchers have discovered a way to turn typically black and blue solar panels a shade of green, and potentially any colour imaginable.

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Australian leadership: zero carbon cement possible in 10 years

Cement creates more carbon emissions than every car in the world combined, but Beyond Zero Emissions has cooked up a plan for Australia to lead the world with a zero carbon cement industry. And one that could help reverse job losses through the closure of coal plants.

1

The pros and cons of building upgrade grants

There’s an old question about grants. Some funding is great but is it ever enough? The issue recently rose to the fore with the recent announcement from Sustainability Victoria that had a new program of grants for energy efficiency, called Better Commercial Buildings.

Would more people buy solar panels if they were green?

Green solar panels that blend in with nature; red solar panels on a terracotta roof; white solar hidden on a wall. Researchers have discovered a way to turn typically black and blue solar panels a shade of green, and potentially any colour imaginable.

Could cool roofs cause more pollution?

Californian energy efficiency standards are set to see cool roof technology take off, but scientists have raised concerns that widespread use could lead to increased levels of ozone and fine particulate pollution.

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How HVAC can step up to a net zero world

Data centres sharing waste heat with the next-door swimming pool, super efficient facades, renewables, storage, phase-change materials, solar cooling, natural ventilation and personalised comfort control. Welcome to the future of net zero HVAC as predicted by experts.

See More »