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Market pulse shows investors are greening up their questions

It’s good to check the sentiment pulse from time to time, especially when people like David Yates executive general manager sustainability and investor relations for Dexus says investors are asking increasingly pointy questions about the nature and shape of sustainability objectives.

The post-election infrastructure review

The NSW and federal 2019 elections saw the return of Coalition governments. My perspective – from western Sydney – is: Coalition infrastructure policies have been dreadful, Labor’s offerings weren’t any better.

Time’s up – we need good affordable housing

Time’s up – we need good affordable housing

There’s been a deafening silence on affordable housing and homelessness from the Morrison government.  There’s a minister with the word “homelessness” in his job title, but the homelessness advocacy sector…

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How NABERS will transform the performance of UK office buildings

A scheme to create an investment grade rating that reflects buildings’ “performance in use” based on the Australian NABERS scheme is in development in the UK and hopes to bridge the “performance gap” between design and actual performance of office buildings. But a new report shows the UK lags 15 years behind Australia.

The slow road to eco-renovation of existing buildings

The only way the world can possibly tackle climate change successfully is to decarbonise existing buildings at pace, in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recommendation that global…

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Market pulse shows investors are greening up their questions

It’s good to check the sentiment pulse from time to time, especially when people like David Yates executive general manager sustainability and investor relations for Dexus says investors are asking increasingly pointy questions about the nature and shape of sustainability objectives.

Bottle caps launch a green bond

Consumer goods giant Proctor & Gamble has invented a process for recycling the polypropylene caps into near virgin-quality reusable plastic.

It’s the new economy stupid!

There are so many lucrative economic opportunities in the new economy that could supply jobs and growth for the regions and cities alike. Just ask the thinkers, inventors and doers. But not the feds.

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Future of Lendlease’s DesignMake is under review

It might be “premature” to think another prefab timber construction facility is about to bite the dust, but the signs aren’t good. This time it’s the much lauded Lendlease owned factory DesignMake at Eastern Creek in western Sydney, which has delivered some of the most high profile timber buildings in Australia.

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The post-election infrastructure review

The NSW and federal 2019 elections saw the return of Coalition governments. My perspective – from western Sydney – is: Coalition infrastructure policies have been dreadful, Labor’s offerings weren’t any better.

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Time’s up – we need good affordable housing

Time’s up – we need good affordable housing

There’s been a deafening silence on affordable housing and homelessness from the Morrison government.  There’s a minister with the word “homelessness” in his job title, but the homelessness advocacy sector…

2

How NABERS will transform the performance of UK office buildings

A scheme to create an investment grade rating that reflects buildings’ “performance in use” based on the Australian NABERS scheme is in development in the UK and hopes to bridge the “performance gap” between design and actual performance of office buildings. But a new report shows the UK lags 15 years behind Australia.

The slow road to eco-renovation of existing buildings

The only way the world can possibly tackle climate change successfully is to decarbonise existing buildings at pace, in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s recommendation that global…

See More »

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The post-election infrastructure review

The NSW and federal 2019 elections saw the return of Coalition governments. My perspective – from western Sydney – is: Coalition infrastructure policies have been dreadful, Labor’s offerings weren’t any better.

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A pathway to One Planet cities 

A pathway to One Planet cities 

Our UK based correspondent David Thorpe has written what’s quickly gaining acclaim as a stunning book that offers a holistic solution to the sustainability crisis on our hands… not that we’re biased of course. Here’s our resident book reviewer Willow Aliento’s take.

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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News From The Front

Market pulse shows investors are greening up their questions

It’s good to check the sentiment pulse from time to time, especially when people like David Yates executive general manager sustainability and investor relations for Dexus says investors are asking increasingly pointy questions about the nature and shape of sustainability objectives.

The post-election infrastructure review

The NSW and federal 2019 elections saw the return of Coalition governments. My perspective – from western Sydney – is: Coalition infrastructure policies have been dreadful, Labor’s offerings weren’t any better.

Time’s up – we need good affordable housing

Time’s up – we need good affordable housing

There’s been a deafening silence on affordable housing and homelessness from the Morrison government.  There’s a minister with the word “homelessness” in his job title, but the homelessness advocacy sector…

2

How NABERS will transform the performance of UK office buildings

A scheme to create an investment grade rating that reflects buildings’ “performance in use” based on the Australian NABERS scheme is in development in the UK and hopes to bridge the “performance gap” between design and actual performance of office buildings. But a new report shows the UK lags 15 years behind Australia.

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NABERS: Senior Project Officers

NABERS is looking for four Senior Projects Officers to work in various parts of the NABERS branch on implementing our new strategic plan. 

Read More »