A new hotel sitting atop six storeys of commercial office space in Melbourne’s CBD may not look that different from the neighbouring glass-encased development, but is in fact hailed one of the largest timber projects in the world.
News from the front desk: The NSW government wants to do with land tax and stamp duty what it’s signalled it’s doing with energy and climate policy: something radical, innovative and what advocates have urged for decades.
This summer is the time to start practising load shifting in commercial buildings because by this time next year, the savings for demand management are going to become super lucrative.
SPINIFEX – YOUR FORUM, YOUR SAY
“The lawyer I respect most, a blind man on a galloping horse, can read every IPART report and conclude none of the tribunal members have read these sections or, if they have, have chosen to ignore them”. Pricing of NSW government water, transport and energy monopolies has failed. “Once we allow ourselves to be disobedient […]
Our Enertia® mass timber buildings heat and cool themselves using the phase change of the resin in the timber. Using…
A molecule of many and curious scientific properties… and loaded with political/ideological propensities. Seems that one person’s Carbon d’oxide is…
That is the most absurd accusation I’ve ever heard. A simple search of the ngo’s and their websites and social…
These well meaning people are in fact a pro landfill lobby – if you step back for one second you…
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- Environmental groups condemn government’s “deceptive scheme” to incinerate plastic and waste
- Victoria’s massive social housing spend is a win for sustainability
- Biggest overhaul of Green Star since inception
- The case for green hydrogen in existing gas-connected homes
- The dark horse of quantity surveying can reduce embodied carbon and cost at the same time
- Market Pulse: Mott MacDonald reaches for difference on sustainability; Jennifer Cunich’s new gig
JOBS & BUSINESS NEWS
Several Australian real estate companies have topped the 2020 Global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) real estate rankings, which measures and tracks global corporate ESG practices. Dexus managed the highest score for the second year running in the 2020 assessment of any real estate company, scoring 89/100. Stockland came in second at 86/100. The industry […]
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CITIES & ENVIRONMENT
The NSW government has created a new agency dedicated to resilience, Resilience NSW, with the NSW Rural Fire Service boss who dominated the news cycle over the summer, Shane Fitzsimmons, to take the reins.
BUILDINGS & ENERGY
This week the Victorian Government unveiled a “big housing build” plan set to “transform the social housing system”, finally heeding calls from the housing sector to address the sharp rise in cost of living pressures and energy affordability.
The World Green Building Council has called for net zero emission by 2050 in the Asia Pacific region along with a primer on getting there. The Asia Pacific Embodied Carbon Primer highlights what embodied carbon is, where it occurs throughout a building and infrastructure asset’s lifecycle, and how tackling it can catalyse APAC to rebuild […]
News from the front desk, issue 492: Here at The Fifth Estate our heads are spinning after what was an action packed five hours at our Flick the Switch event yesterday about the transition to all electric, net zero buildings and cities. The subject matter certainly struck a chord – we had record numbers in […]
The construction industry must deliver buildings that don’t harm people physically, emotionally or economically, and that have a small environmental footprint, if it wants to win back consumer confidence, says NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler, who will be speaking at The Fifth Estate’s Building Circularity event in two weeks. The industry must start cutting embodied […]
Contrary to popular opinion, a Passive House certified home doesn’t need to be a windowless box.
Ebook: Flick the Switch
Flick the Switch is a guide to achieving Net Zero and all-electric buildings. It’s a wrap of our 2020 symposium on this topic plus deep-dive additional interviews and features on the people and topics that are driving change and helping the property industry head in the right direction. Nearly two dozen panellists and speakers generously […]