Kathmandu partnership signals new direction for GBCA

By Cameron Jewell
21 January 2014 — In a first for the Green Building Council of Australia, the organisation has entered into a formal partnership with retail label Kathmandu, helping to develop a sustainable design framework for the brand’s retail tenancies.

Getting the BASIX right in NSW will bring economic rewards

By Willow Aliento

18 December 2013 – NSW’s Building and Sustainability Index for new residential building is currently being reviewed, with a view to increasing targets for energy and water efficiency and thermal comfort.

The proposed targets, , expected to yield significant economic benefits, and supporting documents are now out for public comment until 31 January 2014.

Jonathan Prendergast: little thanks for embedded generation

By Jonathan Prendergast, Prendergast Projects

20 January 2014 — Embedded generation has the potential to reduce peak energy demand during heatwaves, helping to increase security and reduce the need for costly grid upgrades. Is it fair, then, that it’s being slugged with huge network charges?

More time for BASIX submissions

By Willow Aliento

15 January 2014 – They must have hit a nerve with the BASIX (Building Sustainability Index) Target Review with the New South Wales Government announcing an extension until February 14 for submissions on the proposed changes, due to the high level of interest from stakeholders.

Which homes will survive this bushfire season?

By Phillip Gibbons and Geoff Cary, ANU

6 January 2014 — From The Conversation: After the early onset of the 2013-14 bushfire season, it is worth reviewing which homes are more likely to be left standing when the fires inevitably return.

Report: Melbourne's retrofit market on the up

By Willow Aliento

11 December 2013 — 2014 looks like a good year to be working in energy-efficient lighting in Melbourne, according to analysis in the 1200 Buildings, Melbourne Retrofit Survey 2013, which reveals the retrofit trend is continuing to gather momentum, with lighting upgrades the most popular activity.

Report: Melbourne’s retrofit market on the up

By Willow Aliento

11 December 2013 — 2014 looks like a good year to be working in energy-efficient lighting in Melbourne, according to analysis in the 1200 Buildings, Melbourne Retrofit Survey 2013, which reveals the retrofit trend is continuing to gather momentum, with lighting upgrades the most popular activity.

Future-proof commercial office towers in running for Parramatta Square

?6 November 2013 — A pair of conical commercial office towers wrapped in photovoltaic panels and topped with wind turbines is one of four proposals for office towers being considered for construction in Parramatta Square. Bologna-based firm Mario Cucinella Architects have come up with this futuristic, energy-generating proposal.

Other contenders short-listed by Parramatta City Council’s Parramatta Square Stages 5 and 6 design competition jury were Sydney-based Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, Johnson Pilton Walker, and Bates Smart.

Retrofitted lighting system retains ambience of heritage building

24 March 2011 – Case Study: According to mySmart CTI, a Sydney-based company that provides energy efficiency solutions, refurbishment of an art deco heritage building at 99 Macquarie Street in Sydney showed that it was possible to provide the building with a modern and sustainable lighting system while preserving the heritage listed building interior. Situated […]