Our pick of the jobs: Arup; Laing O’Rourke & Maitland City Council

Go and work for Arup, the innovative engineering firm that’s had a hand in everything from the Sydney Opera House to the Melbourne Cricket Ground, as a senior environmental consultant. The company is currently working with a multidisciplinary team embedded in alongside Sydney Water to approve and renew its assets. Australian construction and infrastructure company […]

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Flick the Switch – the ebook

Flick the Switch! to net zero and how to create all electric buildings, precincts and cities was a great event – 25 speakers and 4.5 hours jammed with content. But it’s never enough! So we’re building out a major ebook to cover both the content from the day and new material by way of case […]

Market pulse: activity remains strong as sustainability is equated with efficiency

Covid might be stalking the land but in many areas there’s no let up in activity. Especially in sustainability. The pandemic looks to have stirred up new opportunities for companies in the position to expand and pivot into new markets. In June, SEEK’s marketplace for selling businesses observed the highest month ever of traffic and […]

Jobs news: Victoria’s second wave starting to bite + our pick of the jobs

Victoria’s job market is really starting to feel the pinch of its second lockdown, with the state seeing SEEK job ads in July decline by 12.8 per cent on a month-on-month basis. The decline was not as sharp as the first lockdown, however, with SEEK ANZ managing director Kendra Banks suggesting that small and medium […]

On why personal responsibility is just part of the picture

News from the Front Desk, Issue 493: Sometimes urging people to take personal responsibility is a fraudulent strategy for positive change. A con that says it’s all our own fault if the planet blows up. We need to take shorter showers, recycle, don’t buy plastics, travel less. If we’re fat or sick or work in […]

On what we learnt at Flick the Switch – that we want more net zero

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 […]

What we’re reading in Australia and overseas

BNP Paribas does good French bank BNP Paribas SA released A$140 million in green bonds as a reward to 100 companies on the Australian Climate Transition Index. All of these eight year bonds pay a fixed coupon with a potential return based on performance of the index, comprised of 300 Australian companies expected to thrive […]

Flick the Switch! A Fifth Estate symposium and ebook

It’s the biggest, most exciting and critically important challenge we face in the built environment. How to Flick the Switch to a Net Zero future and all electric buildings and cities.

On why the net zero all-electric challenge deserves the biggest brains trust we can manage (on 5 August at Flick the Switch)

News from the front desk, issue 491: There’s pretty much consensus, in The Fifth Estate’s circles at least, that going all-electric is the most straight-forward way for most buildings to hit net zero targets. It makes sense when Australia’s energy network is tracking towards the “biggest and fastest” clean energy transition in the world according […]

Jobs news: Jane Fitzgerald GSC’s interim CEO + our pick

A green recovery is on the agenda for Western Australia, with the state government pouring $60 million into environmental projects to create more than 1000 conservation jobs. The plan is part of the government’s recovery plan and will target revegetation, habitat restoration and protection of existing vegetation. The package includes new funding commitments, environmental offset funds […]

Cooling demand to heat up in coming years

The cooling industry will need to improve the efficiency and affordability of its units by 2030 if it is to meet a surge in demand, a new report finds.

ARENA backs Sustainable Australia Fund with $630,000

IN BRIEF: The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has today announced
$630,000 for the Sustainable Australia Fund (SAF) to expand its fixed-rate, long-term
loans for environmental upgrades to NSW and SA.

Architecture and construction can create a better world, WSU students say

Tomorrowland19 – I, human: Today’s architecture, engineering and construction students are tomorrow’s builders. Tomorrowland 2019 heard from two Western Sydney University students – Manuel Hankoo and Lavender Liu – whose passion for the built environment promises hope for the future.

Peter Poulet on the new role of the architect

Tomorrowland19 – I, human: “But it is more obvious now than ever that the architect can’t make a building on their own,” Peter Poulet says.