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You can’t manage what you don’t measure, but are we are measuring properly? Why is something so basic done so badly? We know that good metering is an essential component…
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: February 17, 2017, 6:59 am
There are two roles available within the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) technical team. They will be required to provide support and subject matter expertise as part of…
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: February 17, 2017, 5:54 am
Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s appointment of former Reserve Bank of Australia governor Glenn Stevens to advise on housing affordability, revealed on Wednesday, has some people scratching their heads. This is a…
Author: julia
Posted: February 16, 2017, 9:00 am
The political reality right now is that conservative climate deniers rule in both the US and Australia. That’s an unpalatable reality to many people, but according to former US Republican…
Author: julia
Posted: February 16, 2017, 8:34 am
This role will play a key role in the Market Transformation team, providing the opportunity to improve and streamline processes and content, as well as to contribute to the development of new Green Star rating tools.
Author: TFE Journos
Posted: February 16, 2017, 7:46 am
In a market where defects abound and energy performance is often below minimum standards, how can you avoid buying an apartment that turns out to be an uncomfortable energy-guzzling or defective…
Author: julia
Posted: February 16, 2017, 4:54 am
From Choice: The rental market in Australia appears to have become something like a war zone. According to a new national study co-authored by CHOICE, thousands of tenants are being discriminated against…
Author: julia
Posted: February 16, 2017, 4:25 am
With gas prices escalating, the search is on for a cheaper way to heat hot water in apartment complexes. Surprisingly, one of the more economical solutions is electricity in the…
Author: julia
Posted: February 16, 2017, 3:06 am
A new technology promises to measure the energy consumption of individual machines and appliances, in a breakthrough for energy efficiency. Western Australian start-up Ecocentric will see its Numen energy efficiency…
Author: julia
Posted: February 16, 2017, 2:41 am
From Market Forces: HCF – the private health fund for over 680,000 Australians and responsible for $2 billion of assets – has confirmed that it is divesting from fossil fuels!…
Author: julia
Posted: February 16, 2017, 1:56 am
Moral panic over recent increases in visibly homeless people in central Melbourne has brought to the fore the critical shortage of affordable housing across the metropolitan areas of Australia’s wealthiest cities.
Author: TFE Journos
Posted: February 16, 2017, 1:46 am
City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore has been blindsided by her deputy Dr Kerryn Phelps’ call for a bicycle registration scheme. The plan, which was revealed exclusively this week…
Author: julia
Posted: February 16, 2017, 1:42 am
Victorian England. From the shadows of wealth grew poverty. Slums slumped against symbols of civic pride, cowering next to towering town halls funded through rich merchant princes, whose elitist rule…
Author: julia
Posted: February 15, 2017, 10:50 pm
Opponents of the WestConnex motorway in Sydney have called for the project to be halted following a scathing report into its funding by the national auditor. Federal shadow transport minister…
Author: julia
Posted: February 15, 2017, 4:11 am
La Trobe Valley residents struggling with the transition away from coal will be given a hand through a $5 million program to fund energy efficiency upgrades for up to 1000…
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: February 14, 2017, 7:05 am
Director-general of Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development for the ACT government Dorte Ekelund has announced she will not renew her contract, which is due to expire in mid-April. Ms Ekelund,…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 6:47 am
James Wright has been appointed Future Business Council chief executive, following the resignation of founder Tom Quinn. According to a media statement, taking into account the workload of the past…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 6:38 am
Xavier De Kestelier will become principal and head of design technology and innovation at HASSELL, following more than 16 years heading the specialist modelling group at Foster + Partners. Mr…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 6:00 am
The UK government has been criticised for not having a plan to manage how leaving the European Union will affect Britain’s environmental laws and its reputation as a world-leading country…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 5:53 am
From the CEFC: The CEFC has confirmed another major new investment in North Queensland, with $54 million in finance for an innovative large-scale solar development that also has the potential to…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 5:37 am
Ironbark Sustainability is looking to add another member to its 20-strong team with a new project management and client liaison role opening up in Sydney. Managing director Paul Brown said…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 5:24 am
It has taken a while for policy certainty to come into play in Victoria, but now that it has we are really starting to see some action, according to Matthew…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 4:45 am
Adrian Merrick was an energy industry heavyweight, heading up EnergyAustralia’s retail business arm. So why has he left the big leagues to start a social enterprise energy retailer promising to…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 4:38 am
The Institute of Public Works Engineering says a nationwide switch to LED street lighting and smart controls could have made a big difference to stress on the electricity network during…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 4:29 am
Paradigm Shift by Sustainability House has won the Building Designers Association of Victoria’s 10 Star Sustainable Design Challenge for 2017. Designed for the Adelaide climate, the project was recognised for…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 2:59 am
Frasers Property is gearing up for major growth in its retail business this year, with Coles’ Joanna Russell and Vicinity Centres’ Tim Moore coming across to help manage the boom.…
Author: julia
Posted: February 14, 2017, 12:20 am
Heatwaves across much of the country this summer have revealed a serious problem with our national housing stock. Stressed electricity networks that can’t guarantee supply have led to politicians advising…
Author: julia
Posted: February 13, 2017, 11:57 pm
Professor of public ethics Clive Hamilton has resigned from the Climate Change Authority, appalled with recent federal government support and potential subsidy for “clean coal”, a term he says was…
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: February 13, 2017, 8:06 am
The triple-glazed doors and windows of Australia’s first Passive House apartment development will help create a quiet oasis right next to the hustle and bustle of Redfern train station. Steele…
Author: julia
Posted: February 13, 2017, 6:24 am
Falsehoods and flat-out lies are being peddled when it comes to our electricity grid, in a triumph of partisan politics over long-term policy. Engineer Graham Davies explores the issues and provides…
Author: julia
Posted: February 13, 2017, 6:17 am

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