According to the people who specialise in these fields the future of the NSW economy is not in the CBDs. It’s in the industrial and light industrial zones that can generate technology centred innovation such as bio tech, med tech, robotics and so on. Perhaps like Professor Veena Sahjwalla’s green ceramic micro factory that’s supplied […]
Mirvac on Wednesday revealed a new green ceramics range of apartment fittings that it’s collaborated on with Professor Veena Sahajwalla and the UNSW’s SMaRT Centre. In no surprise to anyone, Professor Veena Sahajwalla was introduced to NSW energy and environment minister Matt Kean and a crowd of onlookers at Mirvac’s Pavilions at Sydney Olympic Park […]
Market Pulse: Insiders have been saying for ever: one door closes and another door opens. In this case it’s car doors. Replaced with electric bus doors.
NABERS has kicked off the year much like the rest of the sustainability industry – with confidence that demand for its environmental rating tools for buildings is growing strongly.
Sydney’s new Fish Market and new museum at Parramatta could soon be the smartest buildings in the industry as governments drive demand in HVAC and tech services post Covid. But tenants are also pressuring landlords to lift their game on energy efficiency as they head to net zero by 2030, says VAE Group’s Ben Carter.
Victoria is on a big rebuild and reboot of its economy kick and solar is a big focus for the year. According to Stan Krpan, chief executive of Solar Victoria, it’s all systems go.
It’s been a long time coming and taken months of work but finally Scentre Group, which owns and manages Westfield shopping centres, has agreed to disclose its workplace agreements with cleaners.
There weren’t many people acknowledged in the sustainability and climate space in the Australia Day honours. And though the awards have been controversial again this year, scouring the long list is usually a way to find some of the people who routinely go the extra mile in their chosen passion but are rarely acknowledged.
The Fifth Estate asked architect Shaun Carter and Australian Institute of Architects chief executive Julia Cambage what 2021 is likely to bring.
Unlike most people relieved that a challenging year is ending, Phil Cowling, chief sustainability officer at Cromwell Property Group Global, finished 2020 on a high.
Building designers, it seems, are hot property for associations wanting to represent them.
What’s good enough action when the planet is facing a climate emergency?
What a great time for NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet to really put his foot in it and issue his hit list on buildings he thinks are ugly.
We Zoomed into New Zealand yesterday to chat to Sjoerd Post the chief executive of Jasmax, one of the top two architectural firms in the country, who will be taking the virtual lectern and be beamed into our Building Circularity symposium on 24 November on embodied carbon and waste in buildings.
COMMENT: Now we tend to not like the Productivity Commission much, mainly it’s our unforgiving nature for when it said we should deregulate zoning as a way of making housing more affordable. It certainly would make houses more affordable, because no-one would want to live there. But that’s another story entirely to what hit us […]
Shane Quinn’s Quintessential Equity took a building in Adelaide from 3 stars NABERS energy to 4.5 stars, minimum, and one in Brisbane from 0 NABERS energy to 5 stars. Strong engagement with the tenants was key to both projects.
Andrew Pettifer and his wife Tracy Mellorare now back in Sydney after a three months trip to the outback up to the Northern Territory and down to Adelaide picking up a bunch of useful information on the way, such as why towns are built where they are.
What does it take to do things differently in the building and construction world? The industry, we’ve learnt, is well known for its risk aversion.
Jay Gualtieri of Ausnviro says of all the NABERS ratings that can be done, waste is beyond doubt the hardest.
Politicians took a nasty swipe at the National Farmers Federation a few weeks ago when it announced it wanted zero emissions by 2050.
The chance to work on Atlassian’s new hybrid timber Sydney headquarters was enough to lure Lendlease sustainability manager Matt Williams to join LCI Consultants as principal of the sustainability team, after nearly 20 years with his former employer. The building services consultancy has managed to snag a spot alongside Stantec to do the building services […]
One of the key speakers at Flick the Switch next Wednesday, Stiebel Eltron’s Glenn Day, will tackle the potential of heat pumps to pave the way to net zero. But it’s not easy: the hurdles are tough, especially for existing buildings.
It’s time for Australia to make a clear call on what kind of stimulus it wants. The road back to recovery is not just roads
Our latest event and ebook started with the notion that we need to understand how to create a net zero future and all-electric buildings and cities. It was time to Flick the Switch! What we wanted to understand exactly what governments around the country were up to in terms of reaching their Net Zero targets. […]
It’s exciting that on nearly every front where we can see problems there is almost equal energy expended in finding solutions. Call it the optimism gene but it’s working for us!
The European Union has thrown down a green gauntlet for its Covid recovery. Leaders reached a landmark €1.82 trillion budget and COVID-19 recovery package early on Tuesday morning based on European Council President Charles Michel’s compromise proposal. “Europe’s recovery will be green: the new budget will power the European green deal, it will accelerate the […]
In these stormy days, one is reminded of Charles Dudley Warner’s quip: “Everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it”. This past week, much to the exasperation of Wamberal residents as they forfeit a good slice of their back yards, we remain confused about what to do and who should do […]
Clare Parry, who will be a panellist at The Fifth Estate’s Flick the Switch event on 5 August, is a director of the Australian Passive House Association (and founding chair). She’s been weathering the lockdown periods in her recently built Passive House in Melbourne, and is thrilled not to be in the “dumb” double brick house she lived in before.
Plans for one of the largest “passive house” social housing estates in Europe have been approved in Ireland. But the designers could still learn a thing or two about the latest thinking in sustainable social housing from Germany. A total of 597 homes will be built on a nine hectare site by scenic Shanganagh Castle, […]
It is widely believed that Australian housing supply is constrained by planning regulations. In a new research paper out last month, I show that this belief is wrong. How can I be so confident about my assessment?