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Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views
We finally got our big story across the line on Tuesday on the amazing James Murray-Parkes from Brookfield Scientific Solutions, who is revolutionising what’s possible in the built environment.
Posted: March 22, 2018, 8:09 am
The cost of upgrading Melbourne’s poor-performing homes from 1.5 star NatHERS to four stars could be paid off in energy savings in nine years, according to new research from the University of Melbourne, while a six-star upgrade would take 14 years.
Posted: March 22, 2018, 7:56 am
On World Water Day, Western Sydney University researchers have suggested Australians have a future of drinking recycled water direct from sewage treatment facilities to look forward to – unless we get smart about water conservation.
Posted: March 22, 2018, 7:03 am
The Victorian government has announced it will install two large-scale grid-connected batteries to help ensure reliability before next summer.
Posted: March 22, 2018, 6:09 am
A new study out of the University of Sydney has delved into the optimal conditions for healthy offices, finding that a holistic approach combining positive leadership and healthy, green building design can improve worker wellbeing and business performance.
Posted: March 22, 2018, 5:48 am
A new UN Global Compact report aims to “showcase new business opportunities to build a sustainable future”.
Posted: March 22, 2018, 3:05 am
Water scarcity, extreme temperatures, urban heat islands and inadequate infrastructure threaten the viability of many of the world’s arid cities, according to a new report that argues their design needs a major rethink.
Posted: March 22, 2018, 1:49 am
Natural Swimming Pools, which builds chemical-free swimming pools, is so busy that it’s booked till the end of the year, says Annika Kvist, who runs and owns the Melbourne-based business together with partner Wayne Zwar and their son.
Posted: March 22, 2018, 1:25 am
Urban loneliness is connected to population mobility, declining community participation and a growth in single-occupant households. This threatens the viability of our cities because it damages the social networks they rely on.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 11:57 pm
Floth is currently seeking an ESD Engineer to join our Perth team.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 6:06 am
Queensland will introduce a waste levy to stop the dumping of NSW waste in Queensland landfills.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 1:51 am
WoodSolutions is seeking a knowledgeable and enthusiastic Technical Team Consultant to drive the organisation’s Design and Build Presentation Program across South Australia.
Posted: March 21, 2018, 12:38 am
It’s people like Brookfield Scientific Solutions’ James Murray-Parkes who change the world. Brilliant mind, tough past, enough chutzpah to do what no one’s done before.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 8:00 am
South Australia’s new premier Steve Marshall has taken a sledgehammer to Tesla’s virtual power plant in a dramatic early signal that after 16 years of Labor government things will definitely be different.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 7:14 am
It is accepted as a truism in energy efficiency circles that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure”. And with social sustainability a rising trend in terms of industry focus, the push is now on to find ways to apply a similar metrics-based approach to people-focused initiatives.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 6:11 am
A free toolkit has been published to help local governments, utilities and other building industry players replicate the success of some US cities in leveraging smart data to make buildings more efficient and pleasant for occupants.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 5:51 am
Building scientist Jesse Clarke has become building science manager at airtightness outfit Pro Clima, following close to eight years with CSR Limited.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 5:18 am
Researchers have warned we must not lose sight of the life-saving potential of autonomous vehicles, following the death of a pedestrian who was hit by one of Uber’s driverless cars while crossing the road in Tempe, Arizona in the US.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 4:38 am
Frasers Property Australia is looking for a Sydney-based Sustainability Advisor responsible for providing technical support and influencing sustainability outcomes throughout all the stages of residential development. Broadspectrum Property is hiring…
Posted: March 20, 2018, 4:28 am
GPT sustainability stalwart Bruce Precious has ended a 10-year career with the company with a few interesting industry observations.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 3:47 am
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.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 3:42 am
In 2056, most of Sydney’s 12 million residents should be able to get to their destinations within 30 minutes by public transport, walking or cycling, according to the NSW government’s just-released Future Transport 2056 strategy. They might even be flying around in automated drones.
Posted: March 20, 2018, 1:25 am
An inclusionary zoning target for affordable housing on rezoned land is another step closer following the release of the Greater Sydney Commission’s final region plan.
Posted: March 19, 2018, 6:34 am
Citizen engagement is, or should be, central to city planning. When it comes to planning and implementing transport infrastructure the focus tends to be on how to engage the public, when to engage, and what form this should take
Posted: March 19, 2018, 1:13 am
Smart cities, changing workplace design, new international standards, sustainability and improved waste management are changing the face of the facilities management sector, and how facility managers do their job.
Posted: March 19, 2018, 1:06 am
Wouldn’t you know it, we plan an event on happy healthy offices in Brisbane on 27 March and suddenly it seems the whole world is talking about jobs and workplaces.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 8:02 am
A lead speaker at our Bring Your Office to Life event in Brisbane on 27 March, Bates Smart workplace and education strategy lead Kellie Payne, knows what makes us tick in the office and what makes us flop.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 7:18 am
Vacancy rates are hitting Western Australia hard so the City of Perth and Property Council are pushing for changes to the state’s Local Government Act to enable building upgrade finance (BUF), in a move designed to improve underperforming stock.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 6:46 am
It’s almost inconceivable – a computer programmed spout, attached to a 3D printer set on tracks, extruding concrete that hardens as it builds a house (or the shell of it, minus the roof) in under 24 hours, for less than US$4000 (AU$5078).
Posted: March 15, 2018, 5:49 am
Current South Australian premier Jay Weatherill says this weekend’s election will be seen as a referendum on renewable energy, like it or not.
Posted: March 15, 2018, 5:19 am