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The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Justine Clark has observed a huge shift in the way the architectural profession approaches gender equality since she cofounded Parlour seven years ago.

The post Justine Clark: A champion for women in architecture  appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: March 19, 2019, 6:30 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

The Department of Planning & Environment is the lead NSW Government agency in planning for a growing NSW. The Department is going through an exciting period of organisational and operational change.

The post Department of Planning & Environment: Senior Team Leader appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Advertisement
Posted: March 19, 2019, 5:42 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Tens of thousands of students plus some adult supporters (The Fifth Estate included) turned out on Friday, a school day, to protest inaction on climate change.

The post What our leaders said about the school climate change strike appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: March 19, 2019, 12:37 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

SolarVille is a prototype neighbourhood that combines solar energy and blockchain technology to explore how communities of households could create their own renewable energy network and trade their excess energy directly at below market price. 

The post IKEA’s solar power-blockchain Uberisation and Airbnbification of our homes and cities appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Thorpe
Posted: March 18, 2019, 10:46 pm

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

The Australian Labor Party has committed to spending AU$1.1 billion on developing hydrogen fuel networks and an export hub in Gladstone in Queensland if elected at a federal poll due by 18 May. What would this mean for the hydrogen economy?

The post Labor chases the dream of the hydrogen economy – but can it be caught? appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Thorpe
Posted: March 18, 2019, 10:06 pm

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

The traditional professional, trade and governance demarcations in construction are no longer relevant. They are dysfunctional and there are too many cracks that can no longer be papered over.

The post Building crisis: we need a joined up functional system appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Chandler, Western Sydney University
Posted: March 18, 2019, 7:55 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

There are lots of “As” to worry about – like AI and AV. All will have an impact on jobs and places.

The post Why we need to plan our cities for the jobs of the future appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tim Williams, Arup
Posted: March 18, 2019, 6:42 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Just two days after the Reserve Bank of Australia declares the climate emergency is an economic emergency, this propaganda mouthpiece runs a piece of vitriol against children fighting for their future in global protests and school strikes on Friday.

The post On why climate change is a bigger threat to capitalism than the striking kids appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate - our view
Posted: March 14, 2019, 1:34 pm

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

It’s now far easier to install sustainability features such as solar panels on the roofs of apartment blocks in Western Australia thanks to recent changes to the state’s strata laws.

The post WA opens door for sustainability retrofits under new strata law reforms appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: March 14, 2019, 7:29 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

The Green Building Council of Australia has done itself an excellent service by picking Davina Rooney as its new chief executive officer.

The post Davina Rooney targets net zero energy and residential property as new head of GBCA appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: March 14, 2019, 6:39 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

SOLAR ENERGY REBATES REPORT: Politicians are latching on to the vote-winning potential of incentives for solar energy. So what’s on offer now in NSW and federally, and what’s the state of play in the solar market? We talk to Adelaide based solar expert and founder of SolarQuotes, Finn Peacock.

The post What solar rebates are worth and who’s offering what appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: March 14, 2019, 5:05 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

A new crop of smart buildings is soon coming online, according to smart building strategist Bruce Duyshart of Meld Strategies. He thinks we just might be more than a tad surprised at the outcomes.

The post Bruce Duyshart on why smart building will actually be more intelligent – and sustainable appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: March 14, 2019, 4:41 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Atlassian’s signal it’s moving to more remote team work to avoid Sydney’s unaffordable housing is a wakeup call that’s been long coming and has now arrived.

The post Atlassian’s move to remote work is Sydney’s wake up call appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: March 14, 2019, 4:13 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Actuaries are the serious number crunchers who measure risk and that insurers rely on to keep ahead of the curve. They’re saying climate change is now a serious risk on property.

The post Actuaries blowing the whistle on climate change risk appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: March 14, 2019, 3:46 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Some books defy easy description or the usual glib reviewer phrases, and Problems and Where to Find them is just such a book.

The post Problems and Where to Find them by James Murray-Parkes appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Willow Aliento – Book Review
Posted: March 14, 2019, 1:48 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

The Reserve Bank of Australia Guy Debelle on Tuesday launched an urgent call to action on climate change. On the eve of two elections, as the entire country seems to…

The post RBA warns we need urgent climate action appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: March 12, 2019, 10:14 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Building services engineering consultancy Umow Lai has opened a new office in South Australia with New Zealand next on the cards for expansion.

The post Umow Lai “spreading its wings” into new markets appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: March 12, 2019, 8:46 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Automation promises significant sustainability upside in waste reduction and efficiencies. McKinsey & Company says the rewards could also be strongly financial.

The post What McKinsey & Co, Bill Clinton adviser and top business are saying about automation appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: March 12, 2019, 8:30 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

After a golden period of spectacular growth the softening residential market is starting to have an impact on sentiment over the rest of the property industry and putting the brakes on the pay rises we saw last year.

The post Millennials are taking over the property hierarchies – and our pick of the jobs appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: March 12, 2019, 8:09 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

round Australia, and the world, national parks are under threat from the curious paradox of luxury tourism, which demands development in protected wilderness areas to cater for those who want to enjoy the natural environment without any interruption of their lifestyle.

The post On Kangaroo Island and elsewhere, beware the lure of the luxury ecotourist appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Freya Higgins-Desbiolles, University of South Australia
Posted: March 12, 2019, 6:56 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Sustainability is a prime feature of the new “Ocean Park” unveiled for the Gold Coast in Queensland on Sunday with blueprints endorsed by environmental groups.

The post Gold Coast Ocean Park aims to be a sustainable jewel for state appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: March 12, 2019, 5:42 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Big firms the world over are being targeted by a clutch of recent reports urging them to wake up and change their approaches to tackle the planetary emergency.

The post It’s time for all investors to wake up and save the planet appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Thorpe
Posted: March 12, 2019, 5:17 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

An Australian startup that collects data from green spaces to see how urban environments react to climate impacts has been selected for the Arcadis accelerator program in the Netherlands.

The post Startups work on climate solutions in The Netherlands appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: March 12, 2019, 12:30 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

IN BRIEF: IKEA will use exclusively electric vehicles for its operations and services by 2025. The home furnishing company will start rolling out EVs immediately to be used for home…

The post IKEA Australia to electrify fleet by 2025 appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: March 11, 2019, 8:22 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

 The thing about the Allianz Stadium in Sydney is that tearing it down is a massive waste of resources. In an era when the “buy nothing new” campaign threatens (or promises) to morph into a “build nothing new”, that’s a serious thing.

The post On different ways to meet our gladiator complex appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate - our view
Posted: March 7, 2019, 8:45 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

In what could be a world first, the CRC for Low Carbon Living has brought together energy and infrastructure providers, a land developer and other smaller players to provide true peer-to-peer energy trading across the grid.

The post Trading electricity across the grid using blockchain comes to Fremantle with water to follow appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston and Damian Clarke
Posted: March 7, 2019, 8:01 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Despite the wailing of design consultants about the implications of the Lacrosse judgement and the Opal Tower engineering report, the importance of a viable Design and Construct constructor in these cases has proved critical to a way forward.

The post What’s in the Lacrosse VCAT judgement for owners of defective apartments and policy makers? appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Chandler, Western Sydney University
Posted: March 7, 2019, 8:00 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

The fallout from poor building practices in high rise continues to leave a trail of unintended consequences that are spreading beyond the impact on the people that bought into or live in the buildings.

The post Building quality fiasco: the fallout rumbles into dangerous zones as governments fail to govern appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto – Analysis
Posted: March 7, 2019, 7:29 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Customers will be able to sell energy peer to peer through a new trading platform launched on Thursday by Energy Locals and Enosi. The scheme will allow users with solar…

The post Peer to peer solar trading network allows users to set energy rates appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: March 7, 2019, 6:09 am

The Fifth Estate - Green buildings and sustainable cities – news and views

Property Industry Foundation has partnered with a consortium of consultants and suppliers to help build Melbourne City Mission’s $8 million Frontyard Youth Services redevelopment.  The project will transform Frontyard – Victoria’s…

The post PIF rallies builders and providers in support of homeless youths  appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: March 7, 2019, 4:43 am

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