In recent months we’ve unexpectedly had to reflect on our lives, work and health, our relationships, travel, neighbourhoods and our cities.
A 2017 United Nations report focused on the “financialisation of housing”, with structural changes where housing is treated as a commodity, a means of accumulating wealth and often as security for financial instruments that are traded and sold on global markets.
News from the front desk 490: Well that’s hit a nice exciting kind of nerve.
For the first time in NABERS’ 20-plus years, the government’s environmental benchmarking scheme is updating how it accounts for the emissions profile of grid electricity to reflect booming renewable penetration.
Fast-tracked approval for a new six-star Green Star commercial tower in North Sydney connected to the Victoria Cross over station development will “set a new benchmark” for the CBD area, which Bates Smart director Philip Vivian says is having a “true renaissance”.
The not-my-problem attitude to fossil fuel exports in Australia is making the country a major contributor to global climate change. Here’s why supply– not just demand – ought to be the target of climate action.
Putting a price on carbon should reduce emissions, because it makes dirty production processes more expensive than clean ones, right?
In the race to decarbonise the economy, industrial processing is a tough nut to crack given the amount of heat needed to process goods. But there’s signs of progress, with frozen food giant McCain Foods committing to what it claims is Australia’s largest behind-the-meter renewable energy system.
“Shovel ready” infrastructure projects are playing a starring role in Australian post-pandemic recovery as a way to create jobs and stimulate the economy.
As response to Covid-19 becomes the “new normal”, lots of people are predicting what will happen beyond the immediate crisis. The obvious answer is “it depends”. It depends on how governments, business and households react. The reality is there will be powerful competing forces.
There’s never been more love and appreciation of green spaces from the community. So how can we achieve an environmental, economic and health “triple point score” by delivering more and better green space as part of the post COVID-19 recovery?
A round up of business opportunities in sustainability, including government tenders, grants and accelerator programs.
“This is the last chance for Australia”, warned Christiana Figueres, the lead UN negotiator of the Paris climate agreement, at the launch event of Beyond Zero Emissions’ Million Jobs Plan last week.
A new study at Monash University is giving Australians a glimpse into the not-so-distant digital future of energy efficient smart tech.
Some people have a knack for driving change, and Esther Bailey is one of them. Joining our editor Tina Perinotto on the How to Build a Better World podcast this week, Esther talked about what she’d been up to at NABERS, the government’s environmental rating program for buildings, where she’s head of market development. NABERS […]
For many people, building a home can be exciting, with fun decisions to be made about the size of the living areas and the colour of the walls.
Property owners have a huge new world of responsibility falling on their shoulders with the climate emergency and Dexus is taking things seriously.
A slap in the face is exactly what was needed to wake people up to some hard truths about our times.
The Fifth Estate’s weekly roundup of government tenders and grants that provide opportunities for doing business, sustainably.
Countries around the globe are set to launch the biggest round of infrastructure investment since the post-2008 financial crisis stimulus measures…
Amid darkening clouds on the office market horizon it seems you can still find room for a major uptick in sustainability ratings and do well financially.
The Technology Investment Roadmap discussion paper provides a useful review of a range of technologies that could contribute to management of Australia’s climate impact. But this is just one (important) element of the actions required for Australia to build a successful clean energy-based economy.
Selling sustainability and energy efficiency to home buyers is still no walk in the park but customers are increasingly receptive to the idea, according to sustainability-conscious builder Mark Maloney.
The Australian government has thrown the door open to suppliers with a huge range of skills and services to future-proof Australia’s energy markets.
It was a big day for Mirvac, the Commonwealth Bank, AMP Capital and for premier Gladys Berejiklian in her first public engagement since Covid that was not about Covid.
Australian planners have declared a climate and biodiversity emergency.
The Fifth Estate’s weekly guide to green business opportunities around the country.
Say it with me: gas is not a transition fuel. COVID-19 could be the trigger for the much-needed step change in our clean energy transition. But the Morrison government has stacked the National COVID-19 Coordination Committee with oil and gas sector representatives, pushing for fossil fuel lobby-led economic recovery. It looks like gas is tipped […]
In this episode of our podcast, How to Build a Better World, our managing editor Tina Perinotto talks to Dr Brad Pettitt, the Mayor of Fremantle.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison this week announced environmental approvals for 15 major infrastructure projects will be fast-tracked to accelerate investment as Australia emerges from the COVID-19 lockdown.