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Will the NEG change the net zero game?

Some of Australia’s leading property companies have set ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to zero or beyond. Will the NEG help or hinder?

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Driverless cars: benefit to humanity or road to an Orwellian dystopia?

Understanding where driverless cars are taking us – in terms of physical safety, governance models and unintended consequences – is still in its infancy. In this article David Wilson, a planning professional part-way through a PhD doctoral thesis on the topic, provides a helicopter view of what’s coming.

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The property sector and the war on waste

Maybe it’s more a quiet revolution, rather than a war, moving through the industry as the property titans take up the issue of waste.

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The misconceptions about performance-based design

Some people think performance-based design solutions are too confusing, expensive or a sneaky way to cut corners. But according to Sid Thoo, performance-based solutions offer a holistic approach that can see buildings meet optimum standards, rather than just minimum ones.

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Will the NEG disrupt carbon accounting?

In the rush to reach agreement on the National Energy Guarantee, could all the good work done by individuals and corporations to reduce carbon emissions through energy efficiency and renewable energy investment come undone?

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Why I want to live in a passive house

Architect Kylie Mills on why she wants to live in a passive house in Sydney that she “would not have to heat or cool pretty much year-round”.

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Fitwel – the latest kid on the certification block

A new certification tool called Fitwel is a building rating system for existing workplaces and residential buildings that provides guidelines on how to design and operate healthier buildings.

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The three things you need to know about the new Modern Slavery legislation

With modern slavery legislation at federal and state levels being introduced in Australia, and regulations and guidelines under development, here are the three most common questions and answers on this topic to help you build smarter supply chains:

Can the market provide affordable housing?

There is an ongoing debate about the best role for the planning system in addressing the shortage of affordable housing in Australia’s cities.

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