The Fifth Estate
Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views
Former chief at the Clean Energy Finance Corporation Oliver Yates and the former ACT Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell have gone into business together, forming the Clean Energy Derivatives Corporation.…
Posted: October 16, 2017, 9:22 am
If your company was offered a mega-profitable commission on Adani’s Carmichael coal mine* in Queensland would you turn it down due to the environmental damage it will cause, or would you take the cash?
Posted: October 16, 2017, 4:15 am
News from the front desk: Issue No 360 – On whether Sydney’s full or if it’s just a bad case of congestion
The development industry was in defence mode this week over a poll published in the Sydney Morning Herald, with two-thirds of residents declaring the city full, and that the 1.74 million…
Posted: October 12, 2017, 7:31 am
All-Energy Conference: The All-Energy Conference in Melbourne this year was a beautiful indication of how far the industry has moved in just 12 months. The big crowd was positive, strong…
Posted: October 12, 2017, 7:16 am
From the Clean Energy Council: The Clean Energy Council congratulates the winners of the 2017 Solar Design and Installation Awards, which were announced yesterday at the All-Energy Australia Exhibition and…
Posted: October 12, 2017, 7:06 am
The Clean Energy Innovation Fund and Right Click Capital today announced an investment of US$7 million (approx. A$8.99 million) into Australian renewable energy start-up Redback Technologies, as part of its…
Posted: October 12, 2017, 6:57 am
All-Energy Conference: Tracey Cooper of the Valley Centre brought a pause moment in the All-Energy Conference, bringing to the fore some views on energy from Indigenous people in Australia and other First Nations people she’s worked with.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 5:25 am
All-Energy Conference: The rebranded Victorian Energy Efficiency Target scheme is now open to more complex upgrades and will help business cases to “stack up better”, according to the Victorian government.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 4:58 am
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.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 4:49 am
Tim Williams, one of Sydney’s highest profile urbanism commentators, has resigned as chief executive of the Committee for Sydney to become head of cities at Arup.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 4:11 am
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.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 3:23 am
Australian cities consistently top “most liveable cities” polls, but new research out of RMIT warns this liveability isn’t a reality of many capital city residents.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 3:05 am
Doing something about improving housing affordability, particularly for people on low and moderate incomes, is difficult for Australian politicians.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 2:40 am
A new report from energy analysts, RepuTex, indicates that the outlook for gas in the Australian electricity market is dimming, with high LNG prices – and competition from the Snowy…
Posted: October 12, 2017, 1:02 am
Bioenergy could power an explosion in new industries and jobs for regional communities, the new chief executive of Bioenergy Australia Shahana McKenzie says.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 12:57 am
A new demand response trial will see tech firms, renewable storage firms and energy retailers collaborating on $35.7 million worth of projects delivering 200 megawatts of dispatchable energy capacity by 2020.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 12:26 am
From Greenpeace: A handout to the oil and gas industry by the board of the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has today confirmed they are a fossil fuel slush fund…
Posted: October 10, 2017, 7:35 am
From Tenants Victoria: The Government’s recently announced reforms of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA) – including a ban on 120 day ‘no specified reason’ evictions – is a great start…
Posted: October 10, 2017, 7:30 am
From The Andrews Labor Government: The Andrews Labor Government will make renting fair, with an unprecedented package of tenancy reforms. More than one in four Victorians rent their home, a number…
Posted: October 10, 2017, 7:25 am
Lendlease has signed wealth manager AMP as the major tenant in the first of three office buildings at the Melbourne Quarter precinct. AMP will lease 9,720 sqm at One…
Posted: October 10, 2017, 7:22 am
From IRENA: The cost of battery storage for stationary applications could fall by up to 66 per cent by 2030, according to a new report published today by the International…
Posted: October 10, 2017, 7:18 am
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.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 7:03 am
The theme of this year’s Ethical Investment Week is aptly titled Make an Impact.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 6:55 am
Monash University has announced it will spend $135 million over the next 13 years to take its campus to 100 per cent renewables, cutting out gas entirely.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 6:40 am
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.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 6:33 am
Read our pick of the latest sustainability jobs in Australia.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 6:32 am
A transition to renewable, zero emissions hydrogen for powering transport is in the “natural order of things”, according to chief executive of H2U – The Hydrogen Utility Dr Attilio Pigneri.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 6:21 am
With rising temperatures, surging power prices and an ageing population, there are challenging times ahead in terms of looking after our most vulnerable elderly citizens.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 6:11 am
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.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 6:09 am
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.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 6:02 am