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News from the front desk Issue 475: In all of history, the great hardships and challenges have yielded in their wake the most creative periods for humanity.

The post On our new channels and plans to beat this thing appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate - our view
Posted: April 9, 2020, 10:02 am

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

When NSW Building Commissioner David Chandler first took on his challenging assignment to reform the construction sector, he said that at least part of the answer lay in technology and…

The post Builders revealing network platform from Autodesk could bring change appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: April 9, 2020, 9:58 am

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

In planning circles, debate has ignited around the relative resilience of different dwelling types to the COVID-19 pandemic and the prospect of health threats like it in the future. It’s highlighted the shortfalls high density living – when it’s done badly, at least – so does this mean people will flock to the suburbs?

The post Planning in an era of COVID-19 and high density living appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: April 9, 2020, 9:38 am

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

LONG READ: There are big socio-economic implications for of the COVID-19 lockdown and ultimately for urbanism and climate change.

The post Covid-19: Let’s make this the microbe that changed the world appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Don Albert
Posted: April 9, 2020, 5:00 am

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

More new homes spring up every year, and for an ever-growing number of people, these homes are apartments.

The post We need homes with built-in energy efficiency appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Emma Green, NATSPEC Communications
Posted: April 9, 2020, 4:38 am

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

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is looking to support renewable energy startups by awarding $480,000 in federal funding over the next 12 months to EnergyLab Australia, the nation’s largest cleantech startup acceleration program.

The post Australian cleantech startup accelerator receives federal funding appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Mollie Hersh
Posted: April 9, 2020, 4:16 am

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

If a building’s occupancy drops by 50-80 per cent, by how much should its energy use go down?

The post Great building managers are making the most of a bad situation appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: From The Fifth Estate corporate partner Buildings Alive
Posted: April 9, 2020, 3:24 am

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

In the short term, the COVID-19 pandemic has stalled the climate action momentum that was growing in Australia following the disastrous 2019/20 bushfire season. In the medium to long term,…

The post COVID-19’s extraordinary opportunities are on offer appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Petra Stock, ClimateWorks Australia  
Posted: April 9, 2020, 3:15 am

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

A series of weekly live stream broadcasts at 1 pm on Wednesdays Starting Wednesday 15 April, 1 pm Our built environment at a time of COVID-19 Guests Bryon Price, group…

The post Introducing The Fifth Estate Live appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: April 8, 2020, 7:08 pm

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

A new roadmap to sharing solar in Western Australia has been lauded by the Australian Energy Market Operator managing director and CEO, Audrey Zibelman, as a way to “unlock the benefits of an energy future that is decentralised, democratised and digitalised.”

The post No one to miss out on rooftop solar perks with WA’s new distributed energy roadmap appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: April 7, 2020, 12:13 pm

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

British construction companies are in confusion about working guidelines, amidst layoffs and difficulties in accessing the government loan scheme. Warning bells for Oz?

The post COVID-19: UK construction industry in confusion and panic appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Thorpe
Posted: April 7, 2020, 11:30 am

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

Beyond Zero Emission waved goodbye to its chief executive officer, Vanessa Petrie, last month. Ms Petrie, a sustainability practitioner with a background in environmental engineering, led the think tank for…

The post Jobs new: Fremantle, the Greens, Beyond Zero Emission; Energy Efficiency Council; AJ+C   appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: April 7, 2020, 9:02 am

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

The NSW government has created a new agency dedicated to resilience, Resilience NSW, with the NSW Rural Fire Service boss who dominated the news cycle over the summer, Shane Fitzsimmons, to take the reins.

The post In the news: Resilience NSW, calls to halt Snowy 2.0, and more   appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: April 7, 2020, 8:38 am

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

Sydney based developer Romeciti has agreed to pay more than $40 million to buy a second site for its “Green and Smart” residential project offering at Macquarie Park, 28 kilometres north west of Sydney. The deal follows  lengthy negotiations with the owners of 36 strata title units to amalgamate the site.

The post Romeciti set to launch its second “green building” in Macquarie Park appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: With our partners Romeciti
Posted: April 7, 2020, 8:20 am

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

It’s possible for Australia to limit temperature increase to 1.5°C but only if every sector – including the built environment – commits to an “all in” approach, according to a new report from ClimateWorks Australia.

The post A decarbonised Australia is possible, and buildings are low-hanging fruit appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Mollie Hersh
Posted: April 7, 2020, 7:32 am

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

A more sustainable National Arboretum The best way to learn about Australia’s beautiful environment is to experience it up close and personal. Canberra is looking for a design consultant to…

The post GREEN GIGS: National Arboretum, revamping parks, satellite system and engineering in national parks appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Staff writers
Posted: April 6, 2020, 10:22 am

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The summer bushfires were Australia’s wake-up call on the climate emergency, and now there’s no time to waste. Fortunately, the road to decarbonisation is becoming clearer.

The post Winning the “fossil fuel word game” and other priorities for the next decade appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Alan Pears, RMIT University
Posted: April 6, 2020, 5:25 am

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

A letter to friends and colleagues within the sustainable built environment community.

The post Elena Bondareva: COVID-19 and that seat at the table – it’s ours appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Elena Bondareva, CETEC
Posted: April 6, 2020, 4:00 am

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

Looks like this virus has already rearranged our DNA. Acts of extreme kindness are appearing where before there was only cold-hearted neoliberalism.

The post On changing our DNA appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate - our view
Posted: April 3, 2020, 1:10 am

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

What happens to energy efficiency when people desert the CBDs because of the COVID-19 pandemic to work from home, and then send energy consumption through the roof with their domestic consumption?

The post Keeping an eye on the energy efficiency ball is crucial appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: April 2, 2020, 10:49 pm

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

Pay rises in the property industry have not yet taken a hit from the coronavirus pandemic, but future remuneration increases are likely be “modest” as the “year of the virus” unfolds, according to Avdiev’s latest remuneration report.

The post Property pay yet to slump, young guns still sought after appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: April 2, 2020, 7:45 am

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

The property industry has caught onto the benefits of social sustainability and community-focused development, but for the incoming generation, Gen Z, it’s no longer a nice-to-have – they’re going to need it.

The post What Gen Z – and everyone – needs from the built environment appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: April 2, 2020, 6:56 am

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

Work with me here… It’s post COVID-19. Let’s say it’s post-2020. The combination of the 2020 shutdown, the paused economy and global recession, the viral-yo-yos of reinfection that followed throughout the year and into 2021, and the months of physical isolation, in many ways, woke us up.

The post The COVID-inspired community hub – how our children’s future will be fundamentally different appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Digby Hall, Northrop Consulting Engineers
Posted: April 2, 2020, 5:13 am

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

As the COVID-19 pandemic becomes part of our daily lives in Australia, attempts to mitigate the spread have been rapid and severe, but, while the “big boxes” are being ticked, other less attention grabbing areas are being ignored.

The post COVID-19 and wastewater dispersal – are we ignoring a problem area? appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Paul Magee
Posted: April 2, 2020, 3:31 am

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

As progress continues for controversial mining projects, the Greens have called for a halt on all planning measures until a community consultation plan is established to take into account the COVID-19 outbreak.

The post Coronavirus news: Backslide on plastic, Greens want mining plan moratorium, Darebin’s $10m package, and more appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Mollie Hersh
Posted: April 2, 2020, 3:20 am

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

For Development Victoria’s new sustainability manager Samantha Peart, there are big opportunities to reset and improve best practice sustainability in the development sector, especially in the wake of the current pandemic.

The post Samantha Peart: Development Victoria’s new sustainability recruit on the big opportunities appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: March 31, 2020, 6:20 am

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

The Covid-19 pandemic and climate change are both worldwide emergencies and remind us we are all sharing one planet, dependant so tightly upon one another in a fragile network of threads.

The post Things we can learn from Covid-19 to help with the climate emergency appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Thorpe
Posted: March 31, 2020, 2:34 am

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

Michael Sorkin, an architect and pioneer in sustainable urban design, died last Thursday due to complications from the coronavirus. He was 71.

The post Obituary: Michael Sorkin, 1948-2020, a sustainability oracle and soothsayer appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: March 31, 2020, 1:43 am

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