The Oceania region topped the GRESB 2020 Real Estate Results this week, as participation in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) benchmark leapt 22 per cent.
Australian start-up PlaceOS has partnered with Cisco to build smart spaces and offices globally and will be delivering its first project in this venture later this month with the new global HQ for ASHRAE based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Not all personal protective equipment was created equal and different industries need more protection from Covid risk than others. Here’s your guide to getting the right level of protection to keep your workplace safe. Compared to the rest of the world, Australia has fared pretty well when it comes to COVID-19. Victoria experienced the worst […]
Floth’s Fortitude Valley headquarters in Brisbane just keep in getting better, with the building achieving a Platinum award through the WELL v2 Building Standard.
Aerosol transmission has emerged as a COVID-19 infection mechanism with very small particles carrying the virus, emitted by infected people breathing, hanging in the air possibly for hours, pushed around by air flows in rooms. These are then potentially drawn into recirculating HVAC systems – possibly being reintroduced into occupied areas. In deciding what to […]
GPT has learnt much from its journey to carbon neutrality so far and now it’s going to apply those learnings to achieve a new target of net zero across its portfolio of managed assets by 2024, six years earlier than intended. Thanks to the property giant’s Energy Master Plan, three buildings in it’s Wholesale Office […]
The World Health Organisation has advised that ventilation is indeed “an important factor” in preventing COVID-19 from spreading indoors.
Jay Gualtieri of Ausnviro says of all the NABERS ratings that can be done, waste is beyond doubt the hardest.
171 Collins Street, Melbourne, shows how to do waste, two years in a row.
Due to Covid, more Australian businesses are looking for alternatives to costly, long-term commercial workspaces, opting instead for short-term and flexible office space options closer to home.
Brookfield Properties celebrated a major milestone on Monday, topping out its $2 billion development atop Wynard Station and its first 6 Star Green Star commercial asset in Sydney.
During Covid lockdowns, office workers split into two camps: those who prefer wearing pyjama bottoms all day and those desperate to see their work pals.
In the face of ongoing uncertainty due to Covid, flexible office spaces are on the rise in the Asia Pacific region for the third year in a row.
The Covid -19 pandemic has been nothing short of a monumental experiment. Within weeks, workplaces were forced into changes that would normally take years to implement. Reactions to the current state of work have been as varied as the experiences of the people going through it. Accounts range from horror stories to fairy tales and […]
What Covid’s doing to our working habits is not all bad.
Fast-tracked approval for a new six-star Green Star commercial tower in North Sydney connected to the Victoria Cross over station development will “set a new benchmark” for the CBD area, which Bates Smart director Philip Vivian says is having a “true renaissance”.
Two new research papers advocate the use of engineering controls in public buildings, along with other measures to limit the risk of infection from covid-19. This is because to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and other infections in public buildings, handwashing and social distancing are not enough; they do not prevent infection by inhalation […]
What will offices look like after the pandemic? Here’s what Unispace global strategy director Albert De Plazaola said when he spoke to The Fifth Estate from San Francisco on Tuesday.
It’s great to see property companies setting themselves ambitious emissions reduction targets, says Buildings Alive chief executive officer Craig Roussac, but are they making the most of the easiest, cheapest tactic to cut emissions: using less energy?
Times are changing fast and it’s important to check in on each other. Good time to take a pulse of the market.
SPECIAL FEATURE: Wondering if buildings can help prevent the spread and impact of COVID-19? You’re not alone, but unfortunately, we’re still learning about the virus so the recommended response for building operators is evolving daily. The Fifth Estate spoke to the experts to see what the latest advice is on keeping buildings safe for occupants.
No-one knows exactly how the coronavirus will impact the economy but what is known for certain is that it will be significant. Property Council of Australia chief executive Ken Morrison says the property industry will not be excused from the fallout.
Energy prices might be going down in Adelaide but many tenants are still looking for office space with high energy efficiency ratings according to Nick Mavropsi, director, real estate management at Colliers.
Waste management is the top sustainability concern for Australian tenants, followed by a building’s energy efficiency and the use of eco-friendly cleaning products.
CARBON NEUTRAL BUILDINGS: GPT has made a good start to 2020 with two of its buildings certified carbon neutral.
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.
Vicinity Centres is reaching the top of the leadership ladder in green retail assets, diversity and modern slavery.
FEATURE REPORT: The WELL Building Standard global rating system for healthy buildings has exploded in Australia in the last two years, with about 10 per cent of the total occupied office footprint now registered or certified.
The Fifth Estate last week moderated a panel on timber at an event at timber 25 King Street, Brisbane, the 10-storey timber office building. The event was organised by Bates Smart and Aurecon as part of the Brisbane Open House program. The following is a report based on interviews ahead of the event and on […]
There’s no doubt that commercial buildings of the future will be smarter, more efficient and better integrated into the surrounding built environment. But how is the industry making the digital leap?