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Help us to craft a policy to send to federal Treasurer Scott Morrison ahead of this year’s budget. Join: Moderator former property editor at AFR Robert Harley Grattan Institute CEO…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: April 20, 2017, 8:35 am
Our Flash Forum on 2 May. Like so many of the big issues we’ve jumped into during our eight years, this one started with a massive need. Decent housing. A…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: April 20, 2017, 8:35 am
The NSW government is pushing for 30 affordable housing units to be built along Newcastle’s former rail corridor, but has been accused of “steamrolling” Newcastle City Council into funding it…
Author: julia
Posted: April 20, 2017, 2:42 am
Former Arup director David Singleton has been appointed chair of the Smart Cities Research Institute at Swinburne University. Mr Singleton currently holds several non-executive director roles including being a member…
Author: julia
Posted: April 20, 2017, 1:37 am
A feasibility study for a solar pumped hydro energy storage project in Bendigo could help provide an answer to the vexing question: “What do we do with old mines once…
Author: julia
Posted: April 20, 2017, 1:28 am
From the Victorian Government: Victorian energy minister Lily D’Ambrosio has announced $900,000 funding for a two-year pilot of Community Power Hubs in Bendigo, Ballarat and the Latrobe Valley. The three…
Author: julia
Posted: April 20, 2017, 12:59 am
From ARENA: A game changing moveable and modular solar system that can be set up and packed down in days is on track to enter the multi-billion dollar global temporary…
Author: julia
Posted: April 20, 2017, 12:28 am
The Victorian Planning Authority has appointed lead director for urban renewal Steve Dunn to serve as acting chief executive, effective immediately. Outgoing chief executive Peter Seamer said Mr Dunn had…
Author: julia
Posted: April 19, 2017, 8:23 am
Founder of Collingwood’s CoDesign Studio in inner city Melbourne returned to her chief executive role at CoDesign Studio this month after parental leave, but says in many ways she considers…
Author: julia
Posted: April 19, 2017, 5:52 am
From ACCIONA Energy: ACCIONA Energy has turned the first sod on its Mt Gellibrand wind farm project, which will be able to deliver clean power to more than 60,000 homes from…
Author: julia
Posted: April 19, 2017, 5:23 am
Developer Gale International has achieved the world’s first multi-residential WELL Building Standard certification for its 21W20 Flatiron luxury condominium project in Manhattan, New York. The project achieved Silver level under…
Author: julia
Posted: April 19, 2017, 4:03 am
MRA Consulting Group is hiring graduate Environmental Consultants. Graduate engineers either nearing completion on their studies or recently graduated are encouraged to apply. Moonee Valley City Council is after a…
Author: julia
Posted: April 19, 2017, 2:12 am
Been in a concrete box recently that made you feel depressed or annoyed? There’s a solid scientific basis for that response, as leading US architecture critic and lecturer Professor Sarah…
Author: julia
Posted: April 18, 2017, 5:47 am
MARKET PULSE: Peer-to-peer car sharing service Car Next Door and place experience measurement tool Placescore have been announced as two of Westpac’s Businesses of Tomorrow. Westpac announced 200 successful businesses…
Author: julia
Posted: April 18, 2017, 5:21 am
Australian clean tech stocks fell 0.8 per cent in March and 2.6 per cent in the first quarter of 2017, according to new figures from the Australian Clean Tech Index,…
Author: julia
Posted: April 18, 2017, 4:20 am
International design firm dwp has completed its acquisition of Suters architects, following an alliance struck four years ago. The full financial merger is being touted as the “next evolution” for…
Author: julia
Posted: April 18, 2017, 4:11 am
Adelaide has been announced as a partner city in the European Union’s World Cities program, which pairs leading smart and sustainable cities together in order to share experiences and best…
Author: julia
Posted: April 18, 2017, 3:15 am
TRG Properties chief operating officer Tanya Trevisan has been elected the Property Council of Australia’s Western Australia president. Ms Trevisan has more than 30 years’ national and international experience in…
Author: julia
Posted: April 18, 2017, 1:54 am
Smart meters can provide electricity readings up to six times higher than actual levels, according to a new study. These meters have passed standards tests, however these tests have failed…
Author: julia
Posted: April 18, 2017, 12:59 am
Our cities are increasingly beset by a lack of affordable housing, inequality, lagging infrastructure – the list goes on. To the rescue, we now have the New Urban Agenda and…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: April 18, 2017, 12:05 am
There is the most charming video online on our site at the moment from Josh Byrne. If you only watch a few videos this Easter (or any) make sure you…
Author: julia
Posted: April 13, 2017, 8:55 am
Air pollution was the number five cause of death in 2015, claiming 4.2 million lives globally, according to new research out of Australia and New Zealand published in The Lancet.…
Author: julia
Posted: April 13, 2017, 7:08 am
From Stockland: Stockland today started construction of a new $125 million community comprising a total of 190 standalone and semi-detached homes, townhouses and apartments at Stamford Park, Rowville, 26 kilometres…
Author: julia
Posted: April 13, 2017, 6:41 am
From Mirvac: Melbourne’s drainage network has coped well under recent storm pressure thanks to tiny robots that have been working underneath our city streets. The robots have re-lined almost a…
Author: julia
Posted: April 13, 2017, 6:22 am
The Insurance Council of Australia says the federal government should be pumping at least $200 million a year into flood mitigation infrastructure, and treating it as an important nation building…
Author: julia
Posted: April 13, 2017, 6:15 am
For the average homebuyer, it’s difficult to know whether a home with a 7 Star NatHERS rating is actually performing like one. A new online tool from the Australian Passive…
Author: julia
Posted: April 13, 2017, 5:54 am
From the Andrews Labor Government: The Andrews Labor Government will upgrade more than 200 public housing properties, creating up to 80 construction jobs in the Latrobe Valley. Minister for Housing,…
Author: julia
Posted: April 13, 2017, 5:38 am
From University of York: Walking between busy urban environments and green spaces triggers changes in levels of excitement, engagement and frustration in the brain, a study of older people has…
Author: julia
Posted: April 13, 2017, 5:29 am
Investa has become the first property entity to issue a certified green bond in Australian dollars, and has quickly followed it up with an additional issuance. Investa Office Fund’s inaugural…
Author: julia
Posted: April 13, 2017, 4:12 am
With five million Europeans under threat of increased coastal flooding, policymakers – under pressure from persistent demand for low-cost development on the coast and inland – lack understanding of flood…
Author: julia
Posted: April 13, 2017, 3:38 am

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