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PFAS update & do we need a federal EPA?

PFAS update & do we need a federal EPA?

According to Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Christine Covington it’s probably time for federal environmental protection agency. And one of its first jobs could be to implement the recommendations of the…

No separation of water powers – what are we losing? 

No separation of water powers – what are we losing? 

OPINION: Water was once seen as a public good. But over recent decades water utilities have been corporatised and water is now a scarce commodity for sale. These statutory monopolies now primarily aim to maximize their economic performance, with secondary aims to protect the public good and our valuable water eco-systems. 

Berejiklian Daley debate

Politicians chasing NSW votes with sustainability promises

NSW voters are walking into an election on Saturday and it’s going to be very close with the latest YouGov-Galaxy polling showing the NSW Coalition government and Labor split 50-50 on a two-party preferred basis, with just days to go. 

Energiesprong homes

Ways to finance deep energy retrofits from around the world

It’s not possible for the world to just “fuel switch our way out of global climate disruption” according to one construction industry observer. We have to invest significantly in making buildings energy efficient at a rate much greater than we do now.

3D printed homes

3D printed homes at scale one step closer to reality

The Netherlands could soon house what’s touted as the world’s first commercial 3D printed housing project. And might complex construction such as vaulted ceilings or curved walls soon be printed off site on a concrete 3D concrete printer?

Building crisis: we need a joined up functional system

Building crisis: we need a joined up functional system

The traditional professional, trade and governance demarcations in construction are no longer relevant. They are dysfunctional and there are too many cracks that can no longer be papered over.

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Engineers headhunting for talent

Engineers headhunting for talent

Movements in sustainability engineering continue with Integral managing director Andrew Mather snapping up Rich Palmer from his old firm of WSP where Palmer was director sustainability and Mather previously was chief executive and MD Asia Pacific. 

Parry-Husbands’ Pollinate expands to Melbourne 

Strategic research consultancy Pollinate has opened a new office in Melbourne and appointed Allan Dib as managing director of the branch as the strategic consultancy continues to grow to meet…

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Our pick of the jobs

Global real estate services firm JLL is seeking a sustainability manager to work on its NSW property portfolio, based in Sydney. The Woollahra Municipal Council need a senior sustainability officer…

NABERS: Project Officer

This is a rare opportunity to work in a State Government – funded role, on a program with a national reach.

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Angela Skandarajah is set to head up Development Victoria as the new chief executive officer. She was appointed to the position after acting in the role for 10 months. Ms Skandarajah…

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What solar rebates are worth and who’s offering what

What solar rebates are worth and who’s offering what

SOLAR ENERGY REBATES REPORT: Politicians are latching on to the vote-winning potential of incentives for solar energy. So what’s on offer now in NSW and federally, and what’s the state of play in the solar market? We talk to Adelaide based solar expert and founder of SolarQuotes, Finn Peacock.

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Berejiklian Daley debate

Politicians chasing NSW votes with sustainability promises

NSW voters are walking into an election on Saturday and it’s going to be very close with the latest YouGov-Galaxy polling showing the NSW Coalition government and Labor split 50-50 on a two-party preferred basis, with just days to go. 

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No separation of water powers – what are we losing? 

No separation of water powers – what are we losing? 

OPINION: Water was once seen as a public good. But over recent decades water utilities have been corporatised and water is now a scarce commodity for sale. These statutory monopolies now primarily aim to maximize their economic performance, with secondary aims to protect the public good and our valuable water eco-systems. 

RBA warns we need urgent climate action

The Reserve Bank of Australia Guy Debelle on Tuesday launched an urgent call to action on climate change. On the eve of two elections, as the entire country seems to…

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Building

PFAS update & do we need a federal EPA?

PFAS update & do we need a federal EPA?

According to Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Christine Covington it’s probably time for federal environmental protection agency. And one of its first jobs could be to implement the recommendations of the…

Energiesprong homes

Ways to finance deep energy retrofits from around the world

It’s not possible for the world to just “fuel switch our way out of global climate disruption” according to one construction industry observer. We have to invest significantly in making buildings energy efficient at a rate much greater than we do now.

3D printed homes at scale one step closer to reality

The Netherlands could soon house what’s touted as the world’s first commercial 3D printed housing project. And might complex construction such as vaulted ceilings or curved walls soon be printed off site on a concrete 3D concrete printer?

See More »

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No separation of water powers – what are we losing? 

No separation of water powers – what are we losing? 

OPINION: Water was once seen as a public good. But over recent decades water utilities have been corporatised and water is now a scarce commodity for sale. These statutory monopolies now primarily aim to maximize their economic performance, with secondary aims to protect the public good and our valuable water eco-systems. 

Building crisis: we need a joined up functional system

Building crisis: we need a joined up functional system

The traditional professional, trade and governance demarcations in construction are no longer relevant. They are dysfunctional and there are too many cracks that can no longer be papered over.

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On different ways to meet our gladiator complex

 The thing about the Allianz Stadium in Sydney is that tearing it down is a massive waste of resources. In an era when the “buy nothing new” campaign threatens (or promises) to morph into a “build nothing new”, that’s a serious thing.

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Tomorrowland 2018 – the ebook

The Fifth Estate is immensely proud to bring you our latest ebook, Tomorrowland: the urban agenda, based on our Tomorrowland 2018 signature event.

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Fiction: For the Greater Good

Carolita was hurrying down the path to her apartment when she was intercepted by her neighbour. “Oh! They’ve cut me off for the rest of the month! I went O-D…

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PFAS update & do we need a federal EPA?

PFAS update & do we need a federal EPA?

According to Corrs Chambers Westgarth partner Christine Covington it’s probably time for federal environmental protection agency. And one of its first jobs could be to implement the recommendations of the…

No separation of water powers – what are we losing? 

No separation of water powers – what are we losing? 

OPINION: Water was once seen as a public good. But over recent decades water utilities have been corporatised and water is now a scarce commodity for sale. These statutory monopolies now primarily aim to maximize their economic performance, with secondary aims to protect the public good and our valuable water eco-systems. 

Berejiklian Daley debate

Politicians chasing NSW votes with sustainability promises

NSW voters are walking into an election on Saturday and it’s going to be very close with the latest YouGov-Galaxy polling showing the NSW Coalition government and Labor split 50-50 on a two-party preferred basis, with just days to go. 

Energiesprong homes

Ways to finance deep energy retrofits from around the world

It’s not possible for the world to just “fuel switch our way out of global climate disruption” according to one construction industry observer. We have to invest significantly in making buildings energy efficient at a rate much greater than we do now.

3D printed homes

3D printed homes at scale one step closer to reality

The Netherlands could soon house what’s touted as the world’s first commercial 3D printed housing project. And might complex construction such as vaulted ceilings or curved walls soon be printed off site on a concrete 3D concrete printer?

Jobs and Business News

Engineers headhunting for talent

Engineers headhunting for talent

Movements in sustainability engineering continue with Integral managing director Andrew Mather snapping up Rich Palmer from his old firm of WSP where Palmer was director sustainability and Mather previously was chief executive and MD Asia Pacific. 

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