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Behind mega urban projects often stand strong political wills. Xiong’an is called China’s number-one urban project, and it is orchestrated by President Xi Jinping.
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: May 23, 2018, 11:51 pm
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.
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: May 23, 2018, 4:20 am
Victoria is set to reach out beyond the premium office sector to mid tier commercial properties that may have missed the call to be green.
Author: julia
Posted: May 22, 2018, 7:25 am
Nightingale Housing will be testing the waters in regional Victoria next week, with an information night to gauge interest in a sustainable co-housing development in Bendigo, a city of just over 100,000.
Author: julia
Posted: May 22, 2018, 6:41 am
Buried in the pre-Christmas rush last year was a media statement from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation that it was investing $100 million in the new Dexus Healthcare Wholesale Property Fund (HWPF) in order to kick start new standards in clean energy for healthcare.
Author: julia
Posted: May 22, 2018, 6:00 am
See our round up of the latest jobs in sustainability.
Author: julia
Posted: May 22, 2018, 5:30 am
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).
Author: julia
Posted: May 22, 2018, 4:20 am
Could waste in the building industry ever be reduced to near-zero, with materials endlessly being reused? By going back to school, contractor Morgan Sindall is amongst many showing the way.
Author: julia
Posted: May 22, 2018, 1:54 am
The Property Council of Australia is on the hunt for a new executive director of its Victorian division after Sally Capp was elected Melbourne lord mayor.
Author: julia
Posted: May 22, 2018, 1:33 am
Can urban infrastructure projects damage our democracy? That’s a crazy call! How could the construction of our city possibly have any impact at all on our systems of governance?
Author: julia
Posted: May 22, 2018, 12:52 am
The rapid growth of the giant online accommodation-sharing platform, aka Airbnb, is creating serious concerns about equity and the impacts on our cities and neighbourhoods as we know them.
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: May 21, 2018, 5:18 am
News from the front desk Issue No 386: If you were a woman edging into the vast exhibition space of the International Convention Centre in Sydney’s Darling Harbour last week, you’d…
Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: May 17, 2018, 9:06 am
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.
Author: julia
Posted: May 17, 2018, 8:22 am
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.
Author: julia
Posted: May 17, 2018, 7:36 am
The ACT government has cemented its leadership position, announcing it is bringing forward its net zero emissions target from 2050 to 2045. It this month also proposed draft amendments to its Territory Plan to allow for a trial of gas-free suburbs.
Author: julia
Posted: May 17, 2018, 7:06 am
The Fifth Estate turned to experts from engineering, architecture and development to find out the opportunities for refurbishing or repurposing older buildings, and the key factors for success.
Author: julia
Posted: May 17, 2018, 6:52 am
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.
Author: julia
Posted: May 17, 2018, 6:17 am
Take one ageing multi-storey commercial building, add a dash of applied grey matter and an owner aiming for a greener asset – and you have a recipe for great returns all round.
Author: julia
Posted: May 17, 2018, 2:00 am
There’s a flip side to the obscenely tough battles the renewable energy industry has been forced to weather during the dark climate-denying years of the recent past. Strangely, surprisingly and…
Author: julia
Posted: May 17, 2018, 1:54 am
It’s a well-studied fact that facts don’t speak for themselves. This is especially apparent with climate change.
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: May 17, 2018, 12:00 am
Climate change, increasing urbanisation, and the rapid pace of technological change have confined “business-as-usual” to the business books of yesteryear.
Author: julia
Posted: May 16, 2018, 3:13 am
Read the round-up of the latest jobs in sustainability.
Author: julia
Posted: May 15, 2018, 7:27 am
An ambitious strategy to transform one of Sydney’s ugliest traffic sewers into a cosmopolitan High Street has taken home two awards at the Planning Institute of Australia’s 2018 national awards.
Author: julia
Posted: May 15, 2018, 7:13 am
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.
Author: julia
Posted: May 15, 2018, 6:28 am
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.
Author: julia
Posted: May 15, 2018, 5:41 am
The Western Australian government is calling on the private sector to help deliver infill housing in four Perth precincts at Bentley, Joondalup, Beaconsfield and Cannington over the next 15 years.
Author: julia
Posted: May 15, 2018, 3:58 am
Lendlease’s Barangaroo South urban renewal project has been awarded top honours at the Property Council of Australia’s national awards.
Author: julia
Posted: May 15, 2018, 2:23 am
Wales has become one of the first countries in the world to tie home energy performance to its loan terms, with the government last week announcing that energy efficiency would be factored into loan affordability calculations for its Help to Buy-Wales shared equity loan scheme. 
Author: julia
Posted: May 15, 2018, 1:27 am
The South Pacific Passive House Conference wrapped up late on Sunday 6 May following a packed day of site tours that included the presentation of a certification plaque for a recently completed house by Maxa Design.
Author: julia
Posted: May 15, 2018, 12:18 am
More than half a century has passed since high-speed rail (HSR) effectively began operating, in Japan in 1964, and it has been mooted for Australia since 1984. I estimate that…
Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: May 14, 2018, 1:05 am

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