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On how Google and AI could get smarter than smart

At a Sydney dinner this week, a few people started shooting the breeze, wondering what the bright new world of technology and data mining would bring and how it will change our worlds. As you do.

Romilly Madew – the exit interview

When Madew took over the Green Building Council of Australia 13 years ago it was a fledgling thing. Big idea but the journey was still tamping around the base.

Karuna House

The case for passive homes as a national standard

The energy policies and building standards that govern our homes need to keep us comfortable and limit global warming. Passive house, a rigorous building standard for ultra-low energy buildings, ticks these boxes.

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LettUs Grow

The future of farming is up in the air

Food that’s grown in the air instead of soil could soon appear on plates in Britain and other parts of the world. A new investment deal worth $1.8 million to…

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How Sydney is getting its night time mojo back

Sydney’s nightlife has suffered dreadful and high profile setbacks after the lockout laws came into play, but the NSW government and councils are now pulling out all stops to revive it. Integral to this campaign is reorienting the night time economy so that it’s about more than just drinking and nightclubbing.

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Frasers point cook property

Demolishing the arguments against stronger energy performance

In this stifling summer, we’ve just had a welcome breath of fresh air on energy efficiency. Energy ministers from across Australia have approved a set of recommendations to increase minimum standards for energy performance in new buildings.

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On why avocados are looking so good

Passive House as a methodology of construction is about to break out of its boutique box in residential and hit the broader market sectors.

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350 hopes to Accelerate an end to climate change

International non-profit 350.org premiered its feature length climate film in Sydney yesterday. The crowd-funded Accelerate shown at the Australian Museum aims to inspire ordinary people into action against fossil fuel by showing change is possible. 

Waste crusade wins First State Super top CitySwitch award

First State Super’s first-ever “war on waste” challenge to teach staff to curb office waste has won the not-for-profit superannuation fund the Signatory of the Year (over 2000 square metres) award at this year’s National CitySwitch Awards.

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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…

Kirsten orr

New registrar for NSW Architects Registration Board

Dr Kirsten Orr has been appointed as registrar of the NSW Architects Registration Board. She was previously professor of architecture and dean of school in the School of Technology, Environments…

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Woods Bagot snag international transport star

Paul Rea has taken on the role as Woods Bagot’s Australia regional leader, rail. Mr Rea’s architecture career spans more than 25 years and includes a number of high-profile rail and…

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GHD vies for energy leadership with new recruit

Professional services firm GHD is adding to capability in renewable energy with the appointment of transmission and distribution specialist Nalin Pahalawatta. Mr Pahalawatta has worked at TransGrid, Australian Energy Market…

Cundall ESD

Cundall: ESD Consultant

Cundall has excellent opportunities for talented ESD professionals from consultant through to senior consultant level, to strengthen the sustainability team in our Melbourne office.

Tim Flannery returns

Tim Flannery, who headed the Climate Commission when it was controversially axed by former PM Tony Abbott, is back in Australia and in a new climate change role at the…

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GBCA: Manager – Market Engagement

Do you love to work in a role with purpose and enjoy growing your network?  Do you want to work with a team who engage nationally with development and sustainability teams as well as engineers, architects, construction and property professionals?

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Energy

How cool is cool when it’s natural? National Energy Efficiency Conference 2018

How cool is cool when it’s natural? National Energy Efficiency Council

Given that the most energy efficient building is one that uses no energy at all, then the star studded Naturally Cool session at the National Energy Efficiency Conference, looks like it just might create new aspirational thinking in “cool” for buildings – in both senses of the word.

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Behaviour rises up the ranks of efficiency trends

Human nature and behaviour patterns are increasingly coming to the fore in managing energy efficiency for commercial buildings in particular. Now Johnson Controls has released a report showing it’s a rising trend.

Aged Care portfolio on solar and LED blitz

One of Australia’s biggest energy efficiency programs in the energy-intensive aged care sector is underway, with Verdia outfitting 54 Opal Aged Care properties on the easter seaboard with LED lights and solar panels.

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Business & Politics

Romilly Madew – the exit interview

When Madew took over the Green Building Council of Australia 13 years ago it was a fledgling thing. Big idea but the journey was still tamping around the base.

The future of farming is up in the air

Food that’s grown in the air instead of soil could soon appear on plates in Britain and other parts of the world. A new investment deal worth $1.8 million to…

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New app and soaring demand for Office Hub

There’s a new app on the way that could shake up the office rental market and residential sales markets alike, but the soaring demand for Office Hub services probably signal things are not all good in corporate land.

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Urbanism

How Sydney is getting its night time mojo back

Sydney’s nightlife has suffered dreadful and high profile setbacks after the lockout laws came into play, but the NSW government and councils are now pulling out all stops to revive it. Integral to this campaign is reorienting the night time economy so that it’s about more than just drinking and nightclubbing.

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Australians want a say in their communities

Australians cherish their neighbourhoods and want a say in how their communities evolve. Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Cities Anthony Albanese believes he has a way to make that happen.

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Building

Karuna House

The case for passive homes as a national standard

The energy policies and building standards that govern our homes need to keep us comfortable and limit global warming. Passive house, a rigorous building standard for ultra-low energy buildings, ticks these boxes.

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flying birds in sky

On how Google and AI could get smarter than smart

At a Sydney dinner this week, a few people started shooting the breeze, wondering what the bright new world of technology and data mining would bring and how it will change our worlds. As you do.

Karuna House

The case for passive homes as a national standard

The energy policies and building standards that govern our homes need to keep us comfortable and limit global warming. Passive house, a rigorous building standard for ultra-low energy buildings, ticks these boxes.

14

On why avocados are looking so good

Passive House as a methodology of construction is about to break out of its boutique box in residential and hit the broader market sectors.

See More »

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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…

Not just the petrolheads: we all waste energy slaves

Canberra-based science communicator Stuart McMillen regularly publishes non-fiction comics about social and environmental issues. We have previously featured his work on The Fifth Estate, including his comics Peak Oil, St…

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News From The Front

flying birds in sky

On how Google and AI could get smarter than smart

At a Sydney dinner this week, a few people started shooting the breeze, wondering what the bright new world of technology and data mining would bring and how it will change our worlds. As you do.

Romilly Madew – the exit interview

When Madew took over the Green Building Council of Australia 13 years ago it was a fledgling thing. Big idea but the journey was still tamping around the base.

Karuna House

The case for passive homes as a national standard

The energy policies and building standards that govern our homes need to keep us comfortable and limit global warming. Passive house, a rigorous building standard for ultra-low energy buildings, ticks these boxes.

14
LettUs Grow

The future of farming is up in the air

Food that’s grown in the air instead of soil could soon appear on plates in Britain and other parts of the world. A new investment deal worth $1.8 million to…

1

How Sydney is getting its night time mojo back

Sydney’s nightlife has suffered dreadful and high profile setbacks after the lockout laws came into play, but the NSW government and councils are now pulling out all stops to revive it. Integral to this campaign is reorienting the night time economy so that it’s about more than just drinking and nightclubbing.

1
Frasers point cook property

Demolishing the arguments against stronger energy performance

In this stifling summer, we’ve just had a welcome breath of fresh air on energy efficiency. Energy ministers from across Australia have approved a set of recommendations to increase minimum standards for energy performance in new buildings.

3

Jobs and Business News

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…

brittany-gaiser-426031

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…

Read More »