New building technology for humans and buildings

Honeywell has launched a new building technology platform that aims to improve operational efficiency across both the human resources and building systems aspects through integrating data and enabling precise management of multiple systems via a touchscreen interface. The Honeywell Command Wall features map-based visualisation and navigation, along with integrated workflows and system-wide integration. It also […]

Green Square lot fast tracked and for sale

BRIEF: UrbanGrowth NSW has offered for sale a “superlot” of land at the Green Square Town Centre development at least five years ahead of schedule in order to create a “sense of place” for the huge urban regeneration project. UrbanGrowth NSW chief executive, David Pitchford said the 1.35 hectare site would help create a heart […]

So how much of our money are we handing over to gas explorers?

BRIEF: NSW Greens have called for the state government to adopt a policy that would end compensation payments for cancellation of fossil fuel exploration permits, after it was revealed money was paid to Pangaea Resources for the cancellation of two permits covering large parts of the Hunter, Northern and North Western NSW. Ironically, Pangaea has […]

George Marshall and six ways to stop climate inertia

On the basis of his very serious contention that “life is a focus group”, full of continuous conversation about what matters and what doesn’t, George Marshall’s talk in Sydney last week commenced with a video of a series of vox pops he undertook in the streets of Dublin in response to the question: what do […]

News from the front desk: Issue No 228

On the dangers of feisty electorates, development, and one-term governments Yes it’s election season in NSW. And yes the idea of first term governments losing office is no longer new and might well be the way of the future if “Big Brother” politics – or democracy writ real – continues to roar up the charts. […]

Spotless moves to expand its empire with AE Smith buy

Diversified facilities management company Spotless Group has taken steps into the mechanical services and energy efficiency technology sector with this month’s signing of a conditional acquisition of AE Smith. The transaction is expected to be finalised at the end of this month. “I am excited by the opportunity to further strengthen our capabilities by providing […]

ARENA funds business case for grid-connected renewable energy storage

Decarbonising the electricity grid got another step closer in recent days, with the Australian Renewable Energy Agency announcing $445,000 funding for AGL to develop a business case for grid-connected energy storage in partnership with WorleyParsons and ElectraNet. “Commercial scale storage is especially important for enabling higher penetrations of renewables where less base load energy is […]

CBD program amendments tabled in Parliament

Amendments to the Building Energy Efficiency Disclosure Amendment Bill 2014 were tabled in Parliament last week as part of a package of amendments to the original BEED legislation – Act, Regulations and Determinations. A statement from the federal government said CBD amendments had been generated “in response to requests from industry stakeholders since the inception […]