The Fifth Estate
Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views
Melbourne has again won the Economist Intelligence Unit’s most liveable city crown – an unprecedented seven times in a row – but again the chorus has risen: “For whom?”
Posted: August 17, 2017, 8:34 am
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.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 7:57 am
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.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 7:56 am
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.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 6:48 am
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.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 6:27 am
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.
Posted: August 17, 2017, 6:09 am
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).
Posted: August 17, 2017, 2:38 am
Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city for the seventh year running, according to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report for 2017, though Sydney remains out of the top…
Posted: August 16, 2017, 6:31 am
LaSalle Investment Management is turning an outdated 1980s commercial building into a sustainable success story, showing that millions of dollars in capital expenditure (capex) is not needed to create premium outcomes.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 5:18 am
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.
Posted: August 16, 2017, 2:31 am
From University of New South Wales: An exhaustive global analysis of rainfall and rivers shows signs of a radical shift in streamflow patterns, with more intense flooding in cities and…
Posted: August 16, 2017, 12:27 am
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.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 7:48 am
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.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 7:26 am
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…
Posted: August 15, 2017, 6:39 am
City of Perth councillor, Curtin University research fellow and co-founder of blockchain company Power Ledger Jemma Green has been appointed chair of Climate-KIC Australia.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 6:08 am
Engineering and infrastructure advisory firm Aurecon has appointed Mieszko Iwaskow as transport planning leader.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 6:03 am
The news has been welcomed by many in the property industry, but it has also raised pertinent questions about just how replicable this model of public housing funding is.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 5:53 am
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, says he wants London to be the world’s greenest global city by 2050. He has set out his aims – including zero waste, zero carbon buildings and 100 per cent renewable energy – in a draft London Environment Strategy.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 5:19 am
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.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 4:49 am
After many years of lobbying and activism, the fight to get a solar thermal power plant at South Australia’s Port Augusta has been won.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 4:31 am
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.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 2:59 am
Renewable energy is driving profound changes in cities. It’s happening much more quickly than was expected even five years ago. Yet land use planning has seemingly begun to lag behind.
Posted: August 15, 2017, 2:24 am
Apparently, what some have called the “social cleansing” of Millers Point is not a done deal.
Posted: August 14, 2017, 11:42 pm
Energy efficiency experts are being urged to join the Victorian Government’s Service Provider Panel for the first round of its new Better Commercial Buildings initiative, first flagged by The Fifth Estate in May.
Posted: August 14, 2017, 4:58 am
From Clean Energy Finance Corporation: Victoria-based manufacturer SEA Electric will ramp up its conversion of medium-duty trucks and commercial vans to electric vehicles, using $5 million in CEFC finance though…
Posted: August 14, 2017, 4:40 am
From ARENA: Daly River is set to become the first remote community in the Northern Territory to be powered by solar and battery as the $55 million Solar Energy Transformation…
Posted: August 14, 2017, 2:55 am
From Environment Victoria: Environment Victoria warmly welcomes Water Minister Lisa Neville’s call for an independent inquiry into allegations of water theft and unfair water sharing rules in New South Wales,…
Posted: August 14, 2017, 12:44 am
COMMENT: The NSW government’s backflip on amalgamation came with a twist; it was swiftly followed up with a move to remove council power to determine development applications above $5 million,…
Posted: August 11, 2017, 2:14 am
What is it about storytelling right now? Suddenly we have a small flurry of stories telling us how important … stories are. First was a contribution to our Spinifex section…
Posted: August 11, 2017, 2:07 am
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Posted: August 11, 2017, 1:19 am