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Here’s a practical handbook pitched to those familiar with modular building – and those not so familiar – from the highly regarded James Murray-Parkes at Brookfield Scientific Solutions Group and Monash University’s Yu Bai.

The post New handbook: want modular buildings? How about sustainable as well? appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 15, 2018, 11:57 pm

You’ve probably heard stories about pesky building occupants who just won’t go along with what the clever designers intended for their low-energy building. There has been much head-scratching about how…

The post How can we stop building occupants wasting energy? appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 15, 2018, 10:00 pm

News from the front desk: No 394 – Plastic is no longer fantastic – because it’s now creating a serious ecological burden that no one can ignore. The major supermarkets have…

The post On why we’ve had enough of greenwash and plastic appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 12, 2018, 8:44 am

The landscape for building rating tools is about to change again thanks to a new tool that rates healthy buildings that has just landed in Australia.

The post Fitwel, new rating tool for healthy buildings comes with a difference appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: July 12, 2018, 8:36 am

A new certification tool called Fitwel is a building rating system for existing workplaces and residential buildings that provides guidelines on how to design and operate healthier buildings.

The post Fitwel – the latest kid on the certification block appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: July 12, 2018, 8:17 am

Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia chairman David Singleton wants infrastructure planners, designers and those who deliver the projects to aim higher in sustainability.

The post ISCA’s call to do more good rather than less bad appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: July 12, 2018, 7:44 am

NAIDOC week has brought to the fore an emerging interest in Indigenous-led design and planning of the built environment, and with it, a deeply-ingrained approach to sustainability that defines the Aboriginal culture.

The post NAIDOC week puts indigenous-led design in the spotlight appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: July 12, 2018, 7:41 am

The release of the competition regulator’s report on consumer energy prices may not quite be the news the coal lobby was hoping to hear.

The post ACCC supports the NEG, with strings attached appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: July 12, 2018, 7:36 am

It can take a bit of work, says architect Raffaello Rosselli, but builders can be “quite all right” about working with unconventional and quirky ideas.

The post Raffaello Rosselli: on a beehive of award winning sustainable reuse appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 12, 2018, 7:05 am

At last, after years of interpretations and variations, the built environment looks like having an international standard on embodied carbon that create a level playing field for products and services.

The post A level playing field at last for embodied carbon in goods and services appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 12, 2018, 6:32 am

More than 90 per cent of a person’s life is spent inside, and for most modern humans, that means an office.

The post Are You One Of The Working Dead? appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 12, 2018, 2:22 am

With modern slavery legislation at federal and state levels being introduced in Australia, and regulations and guidelines under development, here are the three most common questions and answers on this topic to help you build smarter supply chains:

The post The three things you need to know about the new Modern Slavery legislation appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 12, 2018, 2:19 am

Former technology advisor to the Prime Minister and NSW Government John Riedl was so concerned by the state of the national energy grid he came out of retirement and joined forces with fellow retirees Greg Irving and John Grill AO to a company that would tackle the huge energy consumption of household swimming pools.

The post Pools get energy-efficient makeover appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: July 10, 2018, 9:18 am

It’s only anecdotal evidence but here it is: one man applying for a job in an architectural studio was rejected because his wife might become pregnant. How’s that for an unintended consequence.

The post Gender equity in architecture is moving but has a way to go appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: July 10, 2018, 9:06 am

Leading companies are increasingly incorporating environmental, social and governance matters into mainstream annual reporting.

The post The changing shape of sustainability reporting appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: July 10, 2018, 8:58 am

SPECIAL REPORT: A multi-million hectare opportunity to sequester carbon is available to Australia right now, but a perfect storm of market failures and policy shortcomings is holding back the potential of agricultural land to contribute to this important opportunity.

The post We are missing a golden opportunity in carbon farming appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 10, 2018, 7:11 am

A recent article in Spinifex by Mike Brown, How Sydney could lose its global mojo… or keep it, about where and how Sydney could grow, piqued the interest of Russel Lunney, an engineer who has been involved in high speed rail analysis.

The post The 20 minute city? Campbelltown to the CBD is possible with new thinking on fast rail. appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 10, 2018, 6:41 am

Procurement practice was recognised by the judges of this year’s NSW Australian Institute of Architecture Awards as a key element in achieving outstanding projects.

The post NSW architecture awards stars sustainability and innovation appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 10, 2018, 5:48 am

Western Australia is joining the timber trend sweeping the eastern seaboard with its first timber-framed building, a 10-storey hotel at inner city Northbridge.

The post Perth jumps into timber with 10-storey hotel appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: July 10, 2018, 5:15 am

A new standard for batteries for solar systems is on its way for residential and small scale commercial properties thanks to an investment of $1.4 million from The Australian Renewable Energy Agency to develop the $3.12 million project led by project partner DNV GL.

The post New battery standard for housing and small commercial on the way appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 10, 2018, 4:03 am

China is using market forces to switch from coal to renewable electricity, but its push to replace gasoline with cleaner bioethanol is threatened by Trump's trade war.

The post China is fast moving its energy and transport away from coal and oil appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 10, 2018, 3:26 am

Outstanding opportunity for an organised and dedicated Operations Coordinator, to join our growing Perth-based environmental consultancy, specialising in waste management and recycling.

The post Encycle Consulting: Operations Coordinator/Administration appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: julia
Posted: July 9, 2018, 4:03 am

The move to rid cafes of plastics in takeaway coffee cups is gathering steam with innovative business jumping in with alternative solutions and competition between the major cities heating up. Landlords are taking note.

The post All in to tackle plastics in coffee takeouts appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: July 8, 2018, 10:00 pm

News from the front desk: No 394 When the town of Wangaratta in Victoria experienced an inundation of mature seed heads of a native plant nicknamed “hairy panic” in 2016, the images of homes buried up the eaves in the stuff went viral around the globe.

The post On why it’s time to pause and re-visit the country, sustainably appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: July 5, 2018, 9:09 am

WorkSafe Victoria’s new headquarters at 1 Malop Street in Geelong – the first Australian office to gain WELL Building Standard Gold precertification for its fitout – has officially opened, on time and on budget.

The post WorkSafe Victoria opens doors to uber-sustainable Geelong office appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: July 5, 2018, 9:01 am

The United Kingdom hopes to cut the time taken to construct a new building in half by pouring £420 million (AU$753m) into “bytes and mortar smart construction”, putting pressure on the Australian construction industry to invest in its own innovation efforts.

The post UK chases “bytes and mortar” revolution – when will Australia follow? appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: July 5, 2018, 8:53 am

Fast growing US-based co-working space operator WeWork has emerged as the sole occupant of Lendlease’s lastest timber building, Daramu House at South Barangaroo.

The post WeWork emerges as sole tenant at Barangaroo’s second timber building appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: July 5, 2018, 8:44 am

After six years at the forefront of research into lowering the carbon impact of the built environment, the CRC for Low Carbon Living (CRCLCL) is coming to an end in less than a year.

The post Proposed cooperative research centre to tackle cities of the future appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: July 5, 2018, 7:19 am

The Nature Conservation Council (NCC) is taking the NSW government to court this month over the validity of its land clearing laws.

The post NSW faces court challenge as Australia tops global charts in natural vandalism appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Cameron Jewell
Posted: July 5, 2018, 7:08 am

Docklands in Melbourne has solidified its reputation as a test-bed for engineered timber, with developer AsheMorgan announcing Melbourne’s first cross-laminated timber (CLT) office building.

The post Melbourne’s first CLT office attracts education and engineering sectors appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: July 5, 2018, 3:51 am

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