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.

CEFC invests in Curtin University’s $300 million Exchange development with InfraRed

Curtin University in Western Australia has received $120 million in finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation for its new industry-connected innovation precinct, Exchange. The new development will target a 5 star Green Star Design and As Built, which includes water recycling and energy minimisation initiatives. InfraRed is the principal equity investor in the $300 million […]

Universities are amazing places

Part 1 of our new special report on Universities and education, through our new micro site portal

Surging demand for electrical trades is renewable

While residential building clients everywhere continue to bemoan that building trades are dragging their feet on sustainability, there’s a boom in the environmental credentials of sparkies, thanks to the one thing they can’t argue with: consumer demand.

Renewable prefab classrooms to be tested in NSW schools

A solar-powered modular classroom that generates enough energy to power itself and two additional rooms is being trialled in NSW schools, with the potential for a nationwide rollout.

Mad Men (and women) for the Planet has a winner!

After two fantastic workshops in Melbourne and Sydney; after great insights from the most interesting people working on tenant engagement, sustainability and advertising; and after more than 100 people from the biggest property companies and consultancies in Australia proved that promoting sustainability is not just a good thing to do, but loads of fun as […]

Divestment – why some universities are scared to act

The fossil fuels divestment movement started on university campuses, with students calling out their institutions for talking up innovation, technology and sustainability, while simultaneously investing in the least innovative and sustainable forms of energy possible. Students have agitated, and very publicly lobbied for universities to put their money where their mouths are and divest from […]

New partnership between AIRAH and OEH on training for energy efficiency

A new agreement between AIRAH and the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage will see the HVAC&R peak body assisting with a national delivery of co-branded OEH training courses in energy-efficiency. The co-branded Energy-efficient commercial refrigeration, Introduction to HVAC and Advanced HVAC training courses will be delivered by AIRAH in all Australian states and territories, […]

How universities are stepping up to the climate challenge

SPECIAL REPORTS: Universities are being pushed to take a greater lead on clean energy investment to help offset their rising energy bills and greenhouse gas emissions. However, with emissions reduction becoming an increasing focus of universities’ sustainability strategies, innovative approaches are already creating a buzz across our campuses.

Luxe green house range about to hit this market

First it was Grand Designs Live Show. Now a new luxury range of green home is soon to be launched featuring Passive House design, cross laminated timber, zero energy, stability and safety. Even the lighting system in Home by Hütt is natural, designed to mimic the pattern of the sun so you can sleep better. […]

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Post your own job vacancy on our website, in our Jobs Category that consistently rates among the most popular hits on the site Choose either 1. Our Pick of the Jobs this Week You get: Two to three lines of words (we write the words and decide how many A link to a page you […]

University of Sydney talk Wednesday night on the politics of climate change

The Fifth Estate will on Wednesday evening host the second of a five-part series of talks at the University of Sydney on a topic very close to our hearts and those of a growing number of people the world over – how the climate change agenda has been politicised and denigrated at the same time […]

Zero carbon housing could add billions to the bottom line

Creating a national zero carbon housing standard could add billions to the economy while also improving occupant health and comfort, new CRC for Low Carbon Living research has revealed.

Drivers fatter than cyclists, walkers, public transport users

A study in The Lancet has provided evidence that people who cycle or walk to work have lower body fat percentage and body mass index in mid-life than those who drive. People who travelled by public transport also showed reductions in BMI and body fat compared with those who commuted only by car.

Increasing cycling worldwide could save cities US$24 trillion

If all cities worldwide focused on a “dramatic increase in cycling”, society could save US$24 trillion (AU$33 trillion) between now and 2050, and reduce carbon emissions from urban passenger transport by nearly 11 per cent, a new report has said.

Community garden for the homeless wins Big Idea competition

A proposal to turn part of Adelaide’s Southern parklands into a community garden that will provide flexible and transitional employment, education and training opportunities for people experiencing homelessness has won this year’s Big Idea (postgraduate) competition.

Melbourne to create new resilient cities chair

The University of Melbourne and City of Melbourne have announced they will jointly establish a chair of resilient cities to “strengthen Melbourne’s resilience in the face of sustainability challenges, including global warming”.

How to overcome the green housing information gap

A lack of clear information around which sustainability features are most important and add most value to a property is a major roadblock to the delivery of sustainable housing in Australia, a new research paper has found.