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

Sustainability job salaries are fairly even across the various states and territories, according to a report by Talent Nation. The Fifth Estate covered this report last month, pointing to the…

The post Jobs news: Community Housing Limited, Deloitte, Urbis appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: September 17, 2019, 8:01 am

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

As resources become scarcer, building owners may one day be able to sell walls, ceilings and floors to other developers, instead of demolishing them.

The post A Danish view on circular construction appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: September 17, 2019, 6:00 am

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

Family-run building materials manufacturer Casafico has been quietly turning waste into building materials for over 15 years, including prefabricated wall panels and coatings made from up to 50 per cent recycled materials.

The post Melbourne manufacturer tackling waste crisis with recycled coatings and walls appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: September 17, 2019, 5:02 am

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

The ultimate eco construction, straw bale buildings are no longer just the preserve of home builders and “green” enthusiasts. In the UK, public authorities are commissioning them via public tenders.

The post Public authorities should hold tenders for straw bale buildings appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Thorpe
Posted: September 17, 2019, 4:53 am

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

With winter out of the way and warmer conditions now upon us, it won’t be long before waves of Sydneysiders start flocking to our city’s beaches. This is especially the…

The post A cities deal could do so much to cool the Central City appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Adam Leto, Western Sydney Leadership Dialogue
Posted: September 17, 2019, 3:19 am

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

Recently promoted as a “green power” alternative, the nuclear option, like so-called clean coal, is a dud and fundamental social concerns about its use remain unaddressed.

The post Nuclear industry must address community concerns appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Mike Brown
Posted: September 17, 2019, 2:23 am

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

Across our cities we see more and more smart buildings, equipped with sophisticated technology to monitor almost every aspect of their environment, but not all buildings are operating smartly.

The post Making buildings smart and creating the agile workplace appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Paul Crothers, Schneider Electric Digital Buildings division: sponsored
Posted: September 17, 2019, 1:19 am

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

BRIEF: Energy trading company Power Ledger is launching a trial of its energy trading platform in regional Western Australia. It will trial peer to peer energy trading at 10 commercial sites across…

The post Power Ledger goes bush appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: September 16, 2019, 11:48 pm

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

BRIEF: There’s calls for new demand response laws to be fast tracked and extended, with major users, power aggregators and consumer groups submitting a joint letter to the Australian Energy…

The post Calls to fast track demand response rules to avoid blackouts appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: September 16, 2019, 11:47 pm

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

I recently attended a conference in the UK that discussed future trends affecting the global construction industry, and what struck me was the stark lack of consensus, clarity and strategy we have in Australia around the future of our construction and engineering industry, compared with many other countries.

The post Australia’s construction industry must unite around a cohesive strategy appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Martin Loosemore, University of NSW, Sydney
Posted: September 16, 2019, 2:16 am

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

News from the front desk 452: Tomorrowland is back. This year we’ve named our yearly signature event I, human in the climate emergency. The title was obvious. We have fast…

The post On why we called the next Tomorrowland I, human appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: September 12, 2019, 9:22 am

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

Australian households are doing their bit to cut the nation’s carbon emissions by adopting solar rooftop panels but not all of them are saving on their energy bills.

The post Load shifting could be the best way to unlock solar’s financial power appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Pete Neal, Powerpal
Posted: September 12, 2019, 5:35 am

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

PROFILE: Coliving operator Hmlet only set up shop in Sydney early this year but its portfolio has grown quickly to more than 200 rooms across Paddington, Newtown, Marrickville, Alexandria, and most recently the Western Sydney suburb of Parramatta.

The post The evolution of coliving and how it’s rolling out – Sydney’s west included appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: September 12, 2019, 5:21 am

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

You might not have picked it but an old hospital actually makes for a great library. The new Marrickville Library in the inner west of Sydney combines the old with the new in a way that leverages the best of existing assets while meeting the vast and varied needs of modern library-goers.

The post Hospital beds to book shelves: Designing the new Marrickville Library appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: September 12, 2019, 4:52 am

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

Only about 5 per cent of buildings are equipped with the right infrastructure to make them smart but a new low cost wireless canopy technology has the potential to “make every building a smart building”.

The post The new technology unlocking smart buildings for existing stock appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: September 12, 2019, 4:33 am

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

The Victorian government is developing a circular economy policy and action plan for the state that will be released later, this year. But critics say the strategy is missing a…

The post Logistics must be part of any circular economy strategies appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Willow Aliento – Oxygen Files
Posted: September 12, 2019, 4:17 am

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

The majority of Australian retail investors would be willing to see lower returns if the companies they invested in always behaved ethically, a recent report has found.

The post Investors value ethical behaviour over economic return appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: September 12, 2019, 4:00 am

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

Almost three quarters of Queenslanders agree coal-fired power stations should be phased out either as soon as possible or gradually, according to the Australia Institute's 2019 Climate of the Nation report.

The post Surprising findings from Climate of the Nation report appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: September 12, 2019, 3:54 am

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

The Sustainability Engagement Officer (Residential) will develop and deliver strategic programs to achieve better environmental performance in residential strata communities.

The post City of Sydney: Sustainability Engagement Officer (Residential) appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Advertisement
Posted: September 12, 2019, 1:25 am

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

A new fund for smaller-scale renewable energy projects in Australia has been launched by the Foresight Group, a UK-based infrastructure and private equity investment manager.

The post Foresight Group launches fund for small scale renewables appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: September 11, 2019, 11:37 pm

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

BRIEF: Clean tech start-up Wattwatchers has inked a deal with hardware manufacturer Fusion HVAC to provide smarter, more energy efficient airconditioning for sport centres and other large volume spaces. The Australian…

The post Wattwatchers partners with Fusion HVAC for smarter airconditioning appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: September 11, 2019, 11:33 pm

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

Melbourne’s Albert Park Preschool has become the first early childhood service to achieve carbon neutral certification from the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy.

The post Albert Park Preschool achieves carbon neutral dream appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Georgia Roach
Posted: September 11, 2019, 5:34 am

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

Jess Scully has been elected deputy lord mayor for the City of Sydney. Scully was elected as a councillor for the City of Sydney in 2016. She’s now the deputy chairperson…

The post Jess Scully elected City of Sydney’s new deputy lord mayor appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: September 10, 2019, 7:19 am

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

Peak engineering body Engineers Australia has appointed Dr Bronwyn Evans as its new chief executive officer.  The electrical engineer has had an extensive career that includes CEO of Standards Australia…

The post Dr Bronwyn Evans appointed Engineers Australia chief executive officer appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: September 10, 2019, 7:16 am

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

Australian property companies have dominated the 2019 GRESB results, cementing the big end of town as global leaders in real estate sustainability for the ninth year in a row.

The post Australia tops GRESB results for ninth year running appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: September 10, 2019, 7:02 am

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

Climate risk modelling capabilities are in hot demand, with industry research firm MSCI Inc set to buy fintech and data analytics firm Carbon Delta AG.

The post MSCI buys Carbon Delta to boosts climate risk capabilities appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: September 10, 2019, 6:46 am

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

When the cost of climate change adaptation is one-tenth the cost of no action in coastal cities, the case for doubling down on resiliency measures is clear. But according to a new report the world is way behind on climate change adaptation.

The post Ban Ki-moon: All new and retrofitted infrastructure needs to be climate resilient from now on appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Thorpe
Posted: September 10, 2019, 6:31 am

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

Open the doors to the future of housing this Sunday to discover how designers, builders and home owners are increasingly turning to low-carbon, non-toxic materials to create home-sweet-homes.

The post Sustainable House Day: meet the trend setters and zero-heroes appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Willow Aliento
Posted: September 10, 2019, 4:27 am

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

Imagine a transport system powered by renewable energy that lets you zip around on autonomous pods above the ground as quickly and smoothly as blood and nutrients course through our bodies, and is linked up to our food production systems for faster paddock-to-plate dining than ever before.

The post The future of transit in cities could be point to point mobility that mimics nature appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: September 10, 2019, 3:39 am

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

The scale of Star City’s proposed hotel and apartment tower has ignited opposition, but why is nobody talking about what’s really going on? Here’s a look at how manipulating planning rules can create massive uplift in value – for private hands at almost no cost. Like money out of thin air in fact...

The post Rolling the dice on planning at Star casino and its giant proposal appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Mike Brown
Posted: September 9, 2019, 10:17 pm

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