Lights. Camera. Action.

Did we mention we’re live streaming our next event Building Circularity on 24 November with most of our speakers from a television studio in Mascot? Complete with a stage, big screens, and a professional camera crew? We’re bringing you a fantastic virtual conferencing experience with a speaker line up that is sure to knock your […]

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.

Flick the Switch! Join us on the most important journey of discovery yet

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. […]

Online NABERS + CBD Conference 2020

Clear your diary on 16 July for the online NABERS + CBD Conference, with a speaker lineup that’s packed with the leaders driving sustainability in the built environment such as the Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor, NSW minister for energy and environment Matt Kean, Green Building Council of Australia’s Davina Rooney and host […]

TFE LIVE: Recordings now available

We’ve had great response to our first two TFE Live events now scheduled fortnightly. But if you can’t get there on the day you can still catch up. First up was a very interesting and important session on Covid-19 and the impact on our buildings. How are the facility managers coping? What is the truth […]

TFE LIVE: Danni Hunter & Davina Rooney

Wednesday 29 – 1 pm TFE LIVE – Featuring two of the most well placed leaders in the built environment and sustainability: Davina Rooney, chief executive, the Green Building Council of Australia Danni Hunter, chief executive Urban Development Institute of Australia, Victoria This is an event not to be missed if you want to know […]

NZGBC announces 2020 Future Thinker of the Year

Tessa Meyer, a corporate responsibility advisor for Panuku Development Auckland, was awarded 2020 Future Thinker of the Year by the New Zealand Green Building Council.

Introducing The Fifth Estate Live

A series of weekly live stream broadcasts at 1 pm on Wednesdays Featured Wednesday 15 April, 1 pm Our built environment at a time of COVID-19 Guests Bryon Price, group Strategic development director of A.G. Coombs and chair of the Facility Management Association of Australia Claire Bird, founder of Building Fitness Scientist, Litmas Pty Ltd […]

2019 Banksia Sustainability Awards

A “digital owl” and a scheme to make infrastructure greener were among the winners of the 2019 Banksia Sustainability Awards, announced at a gala dinner in Sydney earlier this week.

CitySwitch Awards 2019: Corporate Australia steps up on sustainability

Driving a sustainability agenda in an office-based business can be a thankless task. It is often taken on by passionate individuals on top of their day job. The CitySwitch Awards are all about shining a light on the sustainability stars of corporate Australia. The latest crop of winners has just been announced, with standout performances from […]

Energy efficient HVAC future on show at AIRAH Awards 2019

A Passive House student accommodation development and a 6 Star Green Star masterplanned community were among the winners at this year’s AIRAH Awards, held in Sydney on November 15. The awards showcase the innovation and technical excellence happening in the heating, airconditioning, refrigeration and ventilation space across all sectors including commercial buildings, residential, products, facilities […]

HVAC’s evolution and why it needs to look to the next generation

In the past three decades, Australia’s HVAC industry has seen a quantum evolution, but according to University of Wollongong professor Paul Cooper, there’s a real risk of a talent deficit looming in the near future.

Winners of the NSW PIA’s 2019 Awards for Planning Excellence

An elevated train line and Greater Sydney’s first comprehensive monitoring and reporting framework were among the winners of the Planning Institute of Australia’s 2019 NSW Awards for Planning Excellence.

Tomorrowland19 I, human: the highlights

The panel of Indigenous knowledge experts set the scene and energy level for the day. Dr Virginia Marshall from Australian National University confirmed what The Fifth Estate has suspected for a while – that there’s booming interest in Indigenous knowledge.

2019 Smart City Awards for a better Sydney

Urban wheelchair tracking technology, Transport for NSW’s Opal card system and a customisable strata app were among the winners this year’s Smart City Awards.

On why we called the next Tomorrowland I, human

News from the front desk 452: Tomorrowland is back. This year we’ve named our yearly signature event I, human in the climate emergency. The title was obvious. We have fast convergence of two of the most powerful forces in our history – technology and its latest iteration artificial intelligence, and the rapidly unfolding climate emergency. […]

Sustainable House Day: meet the trend setters and zero-heroes

Open the doors to the future of housing this Sunday to discover how designers, builders and home owners are increasingly turning to low-carbon, non-toxic materials to create home-sweet-homes.