Passive subtropical architecture takes off with BVN-designed Brisbane tower

Brisbane could get another building that “breathes”, with plans lodged with the city’s council for a six-star Green Star commercial tower in the CBD. The 46 storey BVN-designed tower at 25 Mary Street will be accessed from a state heritage-listed synagogue, which will be retained and revitalised for ongoing use by the Brisbane Hebrew Congregation. A […]

Real estate fund targets mid-tier buildings for energy upgrades

The top end of town tends to hog the limelight when it comes to sustainability, but a financially rewarding opportunity lies in wait to turn C and D grade stock into high energy performers.  With the Clean Energy Finance Corporation as a cornerstone investor, an EG real estate fund is upgrading four mid-tier underperforming buildings […]

Australian real estate companies still top of Global Dow Jones Sustainability Index

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 […]

Mandating high sustainability in Victoria turns out to be a strong selling point for housing estates

A look at three housing estates that are mandating sustainability covenants. And surprise surprise, the buyers are lapping them up. We look at Mullum Creek Estate in Donvale, Melbourne, The Cape in Gippsland east of Melbourne and Salt Torquay, on Victoria’s western coast where after the first builder showed a higher energy efficiency rating could be done easily and cheaply, is now 80 per cent sold.

Now for airconditioning-as-a-service

A Singaporean business offering airconditioning as-a-service has its sights set on Australia, which could bring cheaper, ultra-efficient cooling to Australian buildings. Kaer’s revolutionary airconditioning model borrows from other industries that have “servitised” their offerings, such as Uber (mobility) and Spotify (music), which provide access to products rather than ownership. Rather than a building owner procuring […]