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Adani – a consultant’s moral dilemma or no brainer?

If your company was offered a mega-profitable commission on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine* in Queensland would you turn it down due to the environmental damage it will cause, or would you take the cash?

Is VURB a loophole to avoid delivering energy-efficient homes?

An article in The Conversation earlier this week claimed the Verification Using a Reference Building method for energy efficiency compliance of detached residential dwellings was a “loophole” allowing builders to avoid complying with the six star standard.

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How to bring the benefits of solar to renters

All-Energy Conference: A Sydney-based social enterprise has developed a model to unlock solar for renters in houses and apartments, providing access to much cheaper energy and, importantly, a return on investment for property owners.

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Frasers nabs first 6 Star industrial rating

Frasers Property Australia has become the first company to get a 6 Star Green Star rating for an industrial property, with its supersite on the aptly named Efficient Drive in West Park Industrial Estate, Truganina, 22 kilometres west of Melbourne.

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Regis Aged Care is hiring a Manager, Sustainability and Environment to work at the head office in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale. The role is responsible for the management and…

Our pick of jobs this week

Upper Hunter Shire Council in NSW is hiring a Manager Sustainability And Environment. Reporting to the director Environmental and Community Services you will be instrumental in developing and implementing the…

Envizi expands US operations with new appointment

Energy and sustainability software provider Envizi has appointed US-based Matthew Stavis as vice-president, building energy optimisation, in a move designed to strengthen the company’s position in the American market. Mr…

NABERS’ Frank Roberson moves on

Communications manager for the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Frank Roberson has moved on to the NSW Department of Industry, where he’ll be working on “some really exciting” sustainability projects for the Innovation…

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Green jobs are widespread and growing

Former engineer Louise Millar-Hoffman started a general career consulting business in 2002. In 2015 she set up Eco People At Work to “go niche” in the environmental and sustainability careers market out of her interest in sustainability

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Is VURB a loophole to avoid delivering energy-efficient homes?

An article in The Conversation earlier this week claimed the Verification Using a Reference Building method for energy efficiency compliance of detached residential dwellings was a “loophole” allowing builders to avoid complying with the six star standard.

1

How to bring the benefits of solar to renters

All-Energy Conference: A Sydney-based social enterprise has developed a model to unlock solar for renters in houses and apartments, providing access to much cheaper energy and, importantly, a return on investment for property owners.

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Adani – a consultant’s moral dilemma or no brainer?

If your company was offered a mega-profitable commission on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine* in Queensland would you turn it down due to the environmental damage it will cause, or would you take the cash?

Energy efficient public buildings get a boost in Europe

Upgrading Europe’s school, hospitals and other public buildings will now become easier following the Europe Commission’s change to energy performance contract (EPC) rules. The Commission has also launched the pilot…

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Sydney is full … of terrible and inappropriate development

Monday’s headline in The Sydney Morning Herald – Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is ‘full’ – decidedly captured the community’s response to the government’s high population growth projections and accompanying urban renewal areas.

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Regions leading the way on climate resilience

How can a pumpkin competition increase climate change resilience? By building the kinds of community-based networks and communication that underpins successfully navigating change, according to director of the Regional Change Agency Narelle Martin.

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Community needs to be taken on the driverless car ride

Driverless cars, or autonomous vehicles (AVs), will be the biggest change to transport since the invention of wheel, according to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, but the technology is set to struggle if governments can’t get the currently hesitant community onboard.

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Building

Adani – a consultant’s moral dilemma or no brainer?

If your company was offered a mega-profitable commission on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine* in Queensland would you turn it down due to the environmental damage it will cause, or would you take the cash?

How to bring the benefits of solar to renters

All-Energy Conference: A Sydney-based social enterprise has developed a model to unlock solar for renters in houses and apartments, providing access to much cheaper energy and, importantly, a return on investment for property owners.

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Frasers nabs first 6 Star industrial rating

Frasers Property Australia has become the first company to get a 6 Star Green Star rating for an industrial property, with its supersite on the aptly named Efficient Drive in West Park Industrial Estate, Truganina, 22 kilometres west of Melbourne.

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How to choose the best windows for your building

They say windows are the eyes of a building – and your eyes are a window to your soul. To help your buildings’ windows best serve the needs of its occupants, the UK’s NHBC Foundation has released a special guide.

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Adani – a consultant’s moral dilemma or no brainer?

If your company was offered a mega-profitable commission on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine* in Queensland would you turn it down due to the environmental damage it will cause, or would you take the cash?

Sydney is full … of terrible and inappropriate development

Monday’s headline in The Sydney Morning Herald – Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is ‘full’ – decidedly captured the community’s response to the government’s high population growth projections and accompanying urban renewal areas.

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Governments have burnt up trust on cladding

The failure of all three tiers of government to deal with the problems associated with non-complying aluminium cladding has created a massive trust deficit amongst strata owners who’ve been left to pick up the tab for a problem of others’ creation.

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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…

Comic: Stuart McMillen on Energy Slaves

Cartoonist Stuart McMillen recently shared his comic Energy Slaves on The Fifth Estate, which looked at the human power needed to maintain our lifestyles. Now he has written a series of…

Book review: We do things differently by Mark Stevenson

For any of us that have felt deep concern about the lack of vision in government, We do things differently is a timely reminder of the power of grassroots innovation to create solutions to some of the world’s big challenges.

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News From The Front

Adani – a consultant’s moral dilemma or no brainer?

If your company was offered a mega-profitable commission on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine* in Queensland would you turn it down due to the environmental damage it will cause, or would you take the cash?

Is VURB a loophole to avoid delivering energy-efficient homes?

An article in The Conversation earlier this week claimed the Verification Using a Reference Building method for energy efficiency compliance of detached residential dwellings was a “loophole” allowing builders to avoid complying with the six star standard.

1

How to bring the benefits of solar to renters

All-Energy Conference: A Sydney-based social enterprise has developed a model to unlock solar for renters in houses and apartments, providing access to much cheaper energy and, importantly, a return on investment for property owners.

3

Frasers nabs first 6 Star industrial rating

Frasers Property Australia has become the first company to get a 6 Star Green Star rating for an industrial property, with its supersite on the aptly named Efficient Drive in West Park Industrial Estate, Truganina, 22 kilometres west of Melbourne.

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Jobs and Business News

hands-people-woman-working-2

Our pick of jobs this week

Regis Aged Care is hiring a Manager, Sustainability and Environment to work at the head office in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale. The role is responsible for the management and…

Our pick of jobs this week

Upper Hunter Shire Council in NSW is hiring a Manager Sustainability And Environment. Reporting to the director Environmental and Community Services you will be instrumental in developing and implementing the…

Envizi expands US operations with new appointment

Energy and sustainability software provider Envizi has appointed US-based Matthew Stavis as vice-president, building energy optimisation, in a move designed to strengthen the company’s position in the American market. Mr…

NABERS’ Frank Roberson moves on

Communications manager for the National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) Frank Roberson has moved on to the NSW Department of Industry, where he’ll be working on “some really exciting” sustainability projects for the Innovation…

3

Green jobs are widespread and growing

Former engineer Louise Millar-Hoffman started a general career consulting business in 2002. In 2015 she set up Eco People At Work to “go niche” in the environmental and sustainability careers market out of her interest in sustainability

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Adani – a consultant’s moral dilemma or no brainer?

If your company was offered a mega-profitable commission on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine* in Queensland would you turn it down due to the environmental damage it will cause, or would you take the cash?

Is VURB a loophole to avoid delivering energy-efficient homes?

An article in The Conversation earlier this week claimed the Verification Using a Reference Building method for energy efficiency compliance of detached residential dwellings was a “loophole” allowing builders to avoid complying with the six star standard.

1

How to bring the benefits of solar to renters

All-Energy Conference: A Sydney-based social enterprise has developed a model to unlock solar for renters in houses and apartments, providing access to much cheaper energy and, importantly, a return on investment for property owners.

3

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Building

Adani – a consultant’s moral dilemma or no brainer?

If your company was offered a mega-profitable commission on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine* in Queensland would you turn it down due to the environmental damage it will cause, or would you take the cash?

How to bring the benefits of solar to renters

All-Energy Conference: A Sydney-based social enterprise has developed a model to unlock solar for renters in houses and apartments, providing access to much cheaper energy and, importantly, a return on investment for property owners.

3

Frasers nabs first 6 Star industrial rating

Frasers Property Australia has become the first company to get a 6 Star Green Star rating for an industrial property, with its supersite on the aptly named Efficient Drive in West Park Industrial Estate, Truganina, 22 kilometres west of Melbourne.

2

How to choose the best windows for your building

They say windows are the eyes of a building – and your eyes are a window to your soul. To help your buildings’ windows best serve the needs of its occupants, the UK’s NHBC Foundation has released a special guide.

See More »