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Is VURB a loophole to avoid delivering energy-efficient homes?

An article in The Conversation earlier this week claimed the Verification Using a Reference Building method for energy efficiency compliance of detached residential dwellings was a “loophole” allowing builders to avoid complying with the six star standard.

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Frasers nabs first 6 Star industrial rating

Frasers Property Australia has become the first company to get a 6 Star Green Star rating for an industrial property, with its supersite on the aptly named Efficient Drive in West Park Industrial Estate, Truganina, 22 kilometres west of Melbourne.

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How to choose the best windows for your building

They say windows are the eyes of a building – and your eyes are a window to your soul. To help your buildings’ windows best serve the needs of its occupants, the UK’s NHBC Foundation has released a special guide.

Sydney is full … of terrible and inappropriate development

Monday’s headline in The Sydney Morning Herald – Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is ‘full’ – decidedly captured the community’s response to the government’s high population growth projections and accompanying urban renewal areas.

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Density in Sydney: Do as I do not as I say

The Sydney Morning Herald’s article on Sydneysiders “in revolt” over development is interesting, but the numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt.

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Envizi expands US operations with new appointment

Energy and sustainability software provider Envizi has appointed US-based Matthew Stavis as vice-president, building energy optimisation, in a move designed to strengthen the company’s position in the American market. Mr…

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Darius Salgo joins Wattwatchers

Darius Salgo, co-founder of energy start-up Nexergy, has joined energy tech company Wattwatchers in a part-time business development role, focused on Australian and international market opportunities.

Renewables industry reels after Coalition reveals energy plan

“Keeping the lights on” is a pretty low goal for energy policy, but it’s what Malcolm Turnbull has promised, after it emerged today that a recommended Clean Energy Target had been killed and the long-standing Renewable Energy Target would follow in 2020.

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NSW all alone as Victoria announces bag ban

Victoria’s ban on single-use plastic bags has left NSW the last state to act, falling behind every other state in Australia and even the major supermarket chains who have already taken action to ban the bag.

Noise pollution a growing concern for strata developments

Whether it’s the sound of partying neighbours, constant banging of footfalls overhead or the roaring of traffic heard whenever balcony doors are opened, noise is compromising health and quality of life for many apartment dwellers.

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How Melbourne is succeeding in Greening the West

A major greening program by Melbourne’s City West Water has been a boon for the city’s disadvantaged areas, with close to one million trees planted over the past six years, according to new RMIT research.

Sydney is full … of terrible and inappropriate development

Monday’s headline in The Sydney Morning Herald – Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is ‘full’ – decidedly captured the community’s response to the government’s high population growth projections and accompanying urban renewal areas.

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Glulam making its way from buildings to bridges

Glulam is making its way from buildings to bridges, becoming a cost-effective, viable and sustainable alternative to steel and concrete, according to research out of South Dakota State University in the US.

How to bring the benefits of solar to renters

All-Energy Conference: A Sydney-based social enterprise has developed a model to unlock solar for renters in houses and apartments, providing access to much cheaper energy and, importantly, a return on investment for property owners.

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Sydney is full … of terrible and inappropriate development

Monday’s headline in The Sydney Morning Herald – Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is ‘full’ – decidedly captured the community’s response to the government’s high population growth projections and accompanying urban renewal areas.

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Governments have burnt up trust on cladding

The failure of all three tiers of government to deal with the problems associated with non-complying aluminium cladding has created a massive trust deficit amongst strata owners who’ve been left to pick up the tab for a problem of others’ creation.

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Canberra-based science communicator Stuart McMillen regularly publishes non-fiction comics about social and environmental issues. We have previously featured his work on The Fifth Estate, including his comics Peak Oil, St…

Comic: Stuart McMillen on Energy Slaves

Cartoonist Stuart McMillen recently shared his comic Energy Slaves on The Fifth Estate, which looked at the human power needed to maintain our lifestyles. Now he has written a series of…

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Is VURB a loophole to avoid delivering energy-efficient homes?

An article in The Conversation earlier this week claimed the Verification Using a Reference Building method for energy efficiency compliance of detached residential dwellings was a “loophole” allowing builders to avoid complying with the six star standard.

2

Frasers nabs first 6 Star industrial rating

Frasers Property Australia has become the first company to get a 6 Star Green Star rating for an industrial property, with its supersite on the aptly named Efficient Drive in West Park Industrial Estate, Truganina, 22 kilometres west of Melbourne.

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How to choose the best windows for your building

They say windows are the eyes of a building – and your eyes are a window to your soul. To help your buildings’ windows best serve the needs of its occupants, the UK’s NHBC Foundation has released a special guide.

Sydney is full … of terrible and inappropriate development

Monday’s headline in The Sydney Morning Herald – Sydneysiders in revolt over development as two-thirds declare the city is ‘full’ – decidedly captured the community’s response to the government’s high population growth projections and accompanying urban renewal areas.

2

Density in Sydney: Do as I do not as I say

The Sydney Morning Herald’s article on Sydneysiders “in revolt” over development is interesting, but the numbers need to be taken with a grain of salt.

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Our pick of jobs this week

The South Australian Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure is after an Adelaide-based Manager, Environment and Sustainability who will be responsible for providing high-level leadership and expertise to ensure that…

Darius Salgo wattwatchers

Darius Salgo joins Wattwatchers

Darius Salgo, co-founder of energy start-up Nexergy, has joined energy tech company Wattwatchers in a part-time business development role, focused on Australian and international market opportunities.

hands-people-woman-working-2

Our pick of jobs this week

Regis Aged Care is hiring a Manager, Sustainability and Environment to work at the head office in the Melbourne suburb of Armadale. The role is responsible for the management and…

Our pick of jobs this week

Upper Hunter Shire Council in NSW is hiring a Manager Sustainability And Environment. Reporting to the director Environmental and Community Services you will be instrumental in developing and implementing the…

Envizi expands US operations with new appointment

Energy and sustainability software provider Envizi has appointed US-based Matthew Stavis as vice-president, building energy optimisation, in a move designed to strengthen the company’s position in the American market. Mr…

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NSW all alone as Victoria announces bag ban

Victoria’s ban on single-use plastic bags has left NSW the last state to act, falling behind every other state in Australia and even the major supermarket chains who have already taken action to ban the bag.

Our pick of jobs this week

The South Australian Department of Planning, Transport & Infrastructure is after an Adelaide-based Manager, Environment and Sustainability who will be responsible for providing high-level leadership and expertise to ensure that…

Darius Salgo joins Wattwatchers

Darius Salgo, co-founder of energy start-up Nexergy, has joined energy tech company Wattwatchers in a part-time business development role, focused on Australian and international market opportunities.

Renewables industry reels after Coalition reveals energy plan

“Keeping the lights on” is a pretty low goal for energy policy, but it’s what Malcolm Turnbull has promised, after it emerged today that a recommended Clean Energy Target had been killed and the long-standing Renewable Energy Target would follow in 2020.

2

Glulam making its way from buildings to bridges

Glulam is making its way from buildings to bridges, becoming a cost-effective, viable and sustainable alternative to steel and concrete, according to research out of South Dakota State University in the US.

How Melbourne is succeeding in Greening the West

A major greening program by Melbourne’s City West Water has been a boon for the city’s disadvantaged areas, with close to one million trees planted over the past six years, according to new RMIT research.

See More »

Building

Glulam making its way from buildings to bridges

Glulam is making its way from buildings to bridges, becoming a cost-effective, viable and sustainable alternative to steel and concrete, according to research out of South Dakota State University in the US.

How to bring the benefits of solar to renters

All-Energy Conference: A Sydney-based social enterprise has developed a model to unlock solar for renters in houses and apartments, providing access to much cheaper energy and, importantly, a return on investment for property owners.

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