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There’s broad agreement that the new Planning Act in Queensland – coming into effect on Monday – will take the development industry and planners by storm. James Cook University senior…
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: June 29, 2017, 8:12 am
Melbourne’s Postcode 3000 policy is credited with turning around the fortunes of the inner city and making it a vibrant 24-hour destination. The city is now routinely voted most liveable…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 29, 2017, 7:36 am
From Energy Efficiency Council: Governments can slash the energy bills of households and businesses and help solve Australia’s energy crisis, but doing so will require decisive action says the Energy…
Author: julia
Posted: June 29, 2017, 7:35 am
Government inaction on dodgy building products in the wake of London’s Grenfell fire has been labelled “unconscionable”, following a decision to yet again delay reporting for a Senate inquiry into…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 29, 2017, 7:30 am
Dr Robin Brimblecombe and Dr Kara Rosemeier’s Positive energy homes will not only be valuable for anyone looking to embrace some or all of the principles of Passive House design, construction and technology, it is also a fantastic primer on the fundamental principles of building physics.
Author: julia
Posted: June 29, 2017, 7:14 am
Mass timber is currently one of the big trends sweeping through global construction, and while cross-laminated timber (CLT) is the poster child for the tall wood revolution, it’s not the only engineered timber on the market.
Author: julia
Posted: June 29, 2017, 7:04 am
There’s little hope residential minimum energy standards can be increased in the National Construction Code update set for 2019, according to the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council. This means the…
Author: julia
Posted: June 29, 2017, 6:00 am
Historically cities have been established on conservative models, and therefore one of the major challenges when it comes to creating smart cities is to move away from a model rooted…
Author: julia
Posted: June 29, 2017, 3:26 am
The Group Manager role is seen as one of the most vital roles within Northrop. You will play a pivotal role in the strategic development of our Sustainability offering.
Author: julia
Posted: June 29, 2017, 1:35 am
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group connects more than 90 of the world’s greatest cities which have committed to tackling climate change.
Author: julia
Posted: June 29, 2017, 1:14 am
Hydroponic glasshouse farmer Nectar Farms will power a 40-hectare farm solely on wind energy with storage backup. A 196 megawatt wind farm will provide 100 per cent of the farm’s…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 28, 2017, 7:00 am
You might think vitamin D deficiency wouldn’t be a problem in Australia, but new research has shown it’s an issue even in sunny countries, and indoor workers are one of…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 28, 2017, 3:45 am
What is the human equivalent of the energy our lifestyles require? Australian cartoonist Stuart McMillen has published a comic about the insights of futurist Buckminster Fuller. Canberra-based science communicator Stuart McMillen…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 28, 2017, 2:10 am
From North Carolina State University: A new study from North Carolina State University finds that common wild bee species decline as urban temperatures increase. “We looked at 15 of the most…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 28, 2017, 1:12 am
The 2016 Census has revealed more people are renting, mortgage debt is growing and the number of large households is increasing, as housing affordability crises grip multiple cities across the…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 27, 2017, 7:48 am
AIRAH’s recent Building Physics Forum in Brisbane has highlighted the relationship between thermal comfort, ventilation and occupant wellbeing. The keynote address was given by Professor Paul Cooper from the Sustainable…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 27, 2017, 6:56 am
From Clean Energy Finance Corporation: A West Australian project aiming to produce lithium concentrate – a central component used in electric vehicles and battery storage – has secured a US$15…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 27, 2017, 6:30 am
Global renewable energy company Acciona is looking for a part-time or full-time Melbourne-based Sustainability Coordinator on an 18-month fixed-term contract. You will be responsible for coordinating the Mt Gellibrand Wind…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 27, 2017, 6:06 am
Ultra-thin, flexible, printable batteries could be on the market in less than three years, thanks to a new $12 million project being led by the University of NSW and University…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 27, 2017, 5:58 am
Sustainability jobs are growing consistently with many organisations now treating environmental, social and governance as core business, according to Talent Nation.
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 27, 2017, 5:35 am
It will be interesting to watch the comings and goings of staff now that the long-mooted split of UrbanGrowth NSW is under way. It’s been a full five years since…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 27, 2017, 4:07 am
Local council appetite for sustainability has put Ironbark Sustainability on a growth trajectory. The most recent addition to their staff, Alice Almeida-Barcos, brings total staff to 22, according to Ironbark…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 27, 2017, 3:49 am
Climate change is set to drive political instability and conflict in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a report co-authored by ex-coal industry heavyweight Ian Dunlop, but our government has its…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 27, 2017, 3:25 am
The Westminster government is facing accusations tantamount to murder after the Grenfell Tower fire in West London, where hundreds of people are suspected to have died due to decisions on…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 27, 2017, 1:30 am
The Great Barrier Reef has an asset value of $56 billion, supports 64,000 jobs and contributes $6.4 billion to the Australian economy each year, according to a new report by Deloitte Access Economics.
Author: julia
Posted: June 26, 2017, 6:46 am
From ARENA: The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) and the NSW Government today announced $15 million in funding to pilot demand response in New South Wales this summer. The NSW Government…
Author: julia
Posted: June 26, 2017, 3:20 am
Global environment expert Elizabeth Hurst has been appointed Arcadis Australia Pacific technical director, environment and waste. Ms Hurst has more than 20 years’ experience in transport, energy, mining, water and…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 26, 2017, 2:33 am
Housing Australia’s ageing population in homes that are affordable, accessible and sustainable presents a major challenge, particularly in a time of rising housing costs. Older people want homes where they…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 26, 2017, 2:22 am
Cynical media is blaming sustainability for the Grenfell disaster. But that's well off the mark.
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:45 am
Analysis: Environmental Upgrade Agreements were always a brilliant idea. A way to fund sustainability upgrades with the cost paid back as part of council rates. The tenant saves money on…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:25 am

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