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Dexus commits to net zero 2030 target

Exclusive: At a panel event on energy in Sydney last Friday, Paul Wall,head of group sustainability and energy at Dexus, let slip that his company had jumped aboard the net zero challenge with a commitment to achieve this by 2030.

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ARENA pumps funds into “solar garden” trial

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided $240,000 for a feasibility study into “solar gardens” – centrally located solar arrays that can be invested in by renters, apartment dwellers and others unable to get solar on their roofs.

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Fremantle cans baugruppen project

Fremantle Council has pulled the plug on a proposed baugruppen project, leaving tenderers “bewildered”, after it imposed conditions on the project that were deemed unacceptable and then refused to negotiate.

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Bill shock powers a renewables rush

Almost half of Australian businesses are investing in renewable energy to beat rising power costs and reduce their carbon emissions, according to a new report from the Climate Council.

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NZ’s built environment isn’t as green as once thought

New Zealand green building leaders are calling for urgent action on building efficiency, following new analysis that has revealed the built environment is responsible for about 20 per cent of all national greenhouse gas emissions, a figure up to 10 times previous estimates.

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Australia breaks another rooftop solar record

Usually Australia is in the news for breaking records around maximum temperatures due to climate change, however there’s cause for celebration with the latest news – rooftop solar installations have jumped almost 60 per cent this year, smashing the previous record set in 2017.

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ARENA pumps funds into “solar garden” trial

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided $240,000 for a feasibility study into “solar gardens” – centrally located solar arrays that can be invested in by renters, apartment dwellers and others unable to get solar on their roofs.

Bill shock powers a renewables rush

Almost half of Australian businesses are investing in renewable energy to beat rising power costs and reduce their carbon emissions, according to a new report from the Climate Council.

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Alphinity adds to sustainable investment options with SDG principles

Elaine Prior, the highly regarded former ESG analyst with Citigroup, and Mark Lyster, who has also forged a well-regarded track record in sustainability, have been appointed advisers to a new Australian-based investment fund that will aim to abide by the principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Dexus commits to net zero 2030 target

Exclusive: At a panel event on energy in Sydney last Friday, Paul Wall,head of group sustainability and energy at Dexus, let slip that his company had jumped aboard the net zero challenge with a commitment to achieve this by 2030.

Federal budget consensus: from disappointment to luke warm

As the high powered cameras receded from the glitz and frenetic action of budget night with its attention hogging tax cuts, the sustainable transport housing and climate change sectors were left with a sense of disappointment and short termism. 

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Revealed: car dealers a roadblock to electric vehicles

In the property industry real estate agents have been cited as one of the biggest barriers to uptake of sustainable housing and technology such as solar. Now it seems the equivalent in the car space – the dealer – is actively discouraging uptake of electric vehicles (EVs).

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Bring Your Office to Life – the ebook

New ebook: The world is moving at breakneck speed. We face challenges still barely imaginable. Where we work, how we work and how we collaborate to carve out the future we want has never been more important.

Dexus commits to net zero 2030 target

Exclusive: At a panel event on energy in Sydney last Friday, Paul Wall,head of group sustainability and energy at Dexus, let slip that his company had jumped aboard the net zero challenge with a commitment to achieve this by 2030.

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Passive House is on the rise in Australia

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Dexus commits to net zero 2030 target

Exclusive: At a panel event on energy in Sydney last Friday, Paul Wall,head of group sustainability and energy at Dexus, let slip that his company had jumped aboard the net zero challenge with a commitment to achieve this by 2030.

solar gardens

ARENA pumps funds into “solar garden” trial

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has provided $240,000 for a feasibility study into “solar gardens” – centrally located solar arrays that can be invested in by renters, apartment dwellers and others unable to get solar on their roofs.

Fremantle street crowd

Fremantle cans baugruppen project

Fremantle Council has pulled the plug on a proposed baugruppen project, leaving tenderers “bewildered”, after it imposed conditions on the project that were deemed unacceptable and then refused to negotiate.

business bill shock

Bill shock powers a renewables rush

Almost half of Australian businesses are investing in renewable energy to beat rising power costs and reduce their carbon emissions, according to a new report from the Climate Council.

Auckland city

NZ’s built environment isn’t as green as once thought

New Zealand green building leaders are calling for urgent action on building efficiency, following new analysis that has revealed the built environment is responsible for about 20 per cent of all national greenhouse gas emissions, a figure up to 10 times previous estimates.

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CoDesign: Principal – Head of Practice

As Head of Practice, the Principal is responsible for operational management, project/program delivery, quality assurance and business development, while fostering a strong team culture.

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Green Cities gets buzzed about the future

Biophilia, the rise of 6D BIM and fresh approaches to climate change, reconciliation and wellbeing were the megatrends getting people excited at last week’s Green Cities conference in Melbourne.

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Australia breaks another rooftop solar record

Usually Australia is in the news for breaking records around maximum temperatures due to climate change, however there’s cause for celebration with the latest news – rooftop solar installations have jumped almost 60 per cent this year, smashing the previous record set in 2017.

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Alphinity adds to sustainable investment options with SDG principles

Elaine Prior, the highly regarded former ESG analyst with Citigroup, and Mark Lyster, who has also forged a well-regarded track record in sustainability, have been appointed advisers to a new Australian-based investment fund that will aim to abide by the principles of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Bring Your Office to Life – the ebook

New ebook: The world is moving at breakneck speed. We face challenges still barely imaginable. Where we work, how we work and how we collaborate to carve out the future we want has never been more important.

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Bring Your Office to Life – the ebook

New ebook: The world is moving at breakneck speed. We face challenges still barely imaginable. Where we work, how we work and how we collaborate to carve out the future we want has never been more important.

Dexus commits to net zero 2030 target

Exclusive: At a panel event on energy in Sydney last Friday, Paul Wall,head of group sustainability and energy at Dexus, let slip that his company had jumped aboard the net zero challenge with a commitment to achieve this by 2030.

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