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The Fifth Estate is looking for a creative and energetic person to lead our business development into the next big leap. There are huge opportunities – from green buildings and clean energy…
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: March 24, 2017, 6:19 am
The chief executive of climate campaign organisation 350.org, Blair Palese, led a group of environmentalists out of a meeting with Westpac after only 15 minutes when Westpac refused to rule out…
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: March 24, 2017, 3:51 am
HOUSING: Brendan Condon had a passion to create a new eco-development on Victoria’s Bass Coast that targets high sustainability and community outcomes. Finding Danny Almagor and Berry Liberman’s company Small…
Author: julia
Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:38 am
From Lendlease: Continued demand for more office space in Melbourne is showing no signs of slowing following Planning Minister Richard Wynne’s approval of Melbourne Quarter’s second commercial tower, Melbourne Quarter…
Author: TFE Journos
Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:34 am
NSW’s new planning minister Anthony Roberts has been in the papers this week, with the announcement that an expanded “priority precincts” program would occur around rail stations to foster development.…
Author: julia
Posted: March 23, 2017, 6:26 am
Recognised as a leading architect, Abbie Galvin, a Principal of BVN, has been included in “Chasing the Sky: 20 Stories of Women in Architecture” that is being launched today at…
Author: julia
Posted: March 23, 2017, 5:51 am
New Zealand needs to improve its land use decisions and get tougher on emissions pricing if it is to achieve its Paris targets, according to a new report by Vivid…
Author: julia
Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:09 am
BOOKS: This is the kind of book that will potentially make you want to run screaming out of the cleaning products and personal care aisles next time you go to…
Author: julia
Posted: March 23, 2017, 4:01 am
HOUSING: Cross laminated timber will be an exciting progression in the Nightingale Model’s triple-bottom-line approach to developing inner-city housing, according to the builder of Nightingale 1.0, which celebrate a traditional…
Author: julia
Posted: March 23, 2017, 3:27 am
Housing lobby groups are always quick to claim that more sustainable housing harms affordability. But developers of The Cape in regional Victoria, say their project proves they are wrong. Additional…
Author: julia
Posted: March 23, 2017, 1:31 am
US President Donald Trump’s proposed budget measures for 2018 would spell disaster for built environment sustainability, massacring environment, energy efficiency and affordable housing programs in his country, with potential implications…
Author: julia
Posted: March 23, 2017, 12:19 am
The Australian Institute of Architects hosted an event at Parliament House on Wednesday morning, attended by assistant minister to the treasurer, Michael Sukkar, tasked with improving housing affordability, along with over…
Author: julia
Posted: March 22, 2017, 5:13 am
A key question amid the consternation over the current state of Australia’s east coast energy market has been how much renewable energy capacity to build, and how fast. But help…
Author: TFE Journos
Posted: March 22, 2017, 12:43 am
Economist Saul Eslake has joined other commentators warning the federal and state government that some of the ideas flagged to improve housing affordability are likely to have the opposite effect.…
Author: julia
Posted: March 21, 2017, 7:05 am
Digital technology and big data promise a range of benefits to building developers, owners and tenants, including increased rental yields, improved employee retention and lower operational costs. The property sector,…
Author: julia
Posted: March 21, 2017, 6:49 am
Thirteen new additions have joined the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning to support its expanding research interests and growing student cohort. Student numbers in the school…
Author: julia
Posted: March 21, 2017, 6:34 am
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the peak professional body for building services engineers, has appointed Sharon Pestonji as business development manager in the Australia New Zealand region.…
Author: julia
Posted: March 21, 2017, 5:22 am
Customer-owned bank Beyond Bank is looking for an Adelaide-based Sustainability Program Manager to develop and manage an innovative sustainability program by executing initiatives to achieve strategic objectives and implementing tactical…
Author: julia
Posted: March 21, 2017, 5:13 am
Infrastructure and building growing in unison Arup’s infrastructure and building projects are growing rapidly in Australia, particularly in Sydney. NSW region leader Andrew Pettifer says business grew strongly last year…
Author: julia
Posted: March 21, 2017, 4:54 am
Nature-connected design is the key to making offices less stressful, hospital stays shorter and children better learners, according to a new report released today (Tuesday) by Planet Ark. It points…
Author: julia
Posted: March 21, 2017, 3:04 am
A new comparative study on the energy performance of existing office buildings has thrown light on the impact of tenant behaviour and the value of comfort. Energy efficient buildings will…
Author: julia
Posted: March 21, 2017, 12:24 am
The Grattan Institute has produced a worrying report on value capture. It appears to be doing the bidding of traffic engineers who are very worried by the shift away from…
Author: julia
Posted: March 20, 2017, 4:51 am
The Grattan Institute has told state governments to be wary of a federal push to use value capture as a way of funding transport infrastructure, saying the mechanism works better…
Author: julia
Posted: March 20, 2017, 4:50 am
The lighting industry is in the midst of a profound revolution, and it’s not just to do with the shift from halogen and fluorescent lights to LED. According to secretary…
Author: julia
Posted: March 20, 2017, 3:20 am
From Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute: The number of people sleeping rough in Melbourne’s streets has increased by over 70% in the last two years. Homelessness is now at emergency levels. Key…
Author: julia
Posted: March 20, 2017, 3:14 am
Smart building expert Jason Cooper has joined building efficiency software company Switch Automation as vice president of global sales. Mr Cooper, who will be based in San Francisco, has 15…
Author: julia
Posted: March 20, 2017, 1:07 am
From ClimateWorks Australia: ClimateWorks Australia today called on the Federal Government to implement the most stringent light vehicle emissions standard from its draft Regulatory Impact Statement, arguing an even higher…
Author: julia
Posted: March 20, 2017, 12:49 am
From APCC and ACIF: In an Australian first, the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and the Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) have this week released the Building Information Modelling (BIM) Knowledge…
Author: julia
Posted: March 20, 2017, 12:41 am
If you’ve been watching the news in recent days, you’ll know we have an energy crisis, partly due to a gas crisis, which in turn has triggered a political crisis.…
Author: TFE Journos
Posted: March 20, 2017, 12:13 am
On disruptors ­– from energy to social cleansing and what’s wrong with art galleries in working class neighbourhoods? Scary Sara Neff from US company Kilroy Realty Corporation not only captured…
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: March 16, 2017, 7:08 am

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