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

NEWS FROM THE FRONT DESK ISSUE NO 413–  UPDATED 9.28 PM: The prefab industry is strong despite Strongbuild falling into voluntary administration. But the industry has big challenges.

The post On Strongbuild and prefab pioneering appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate – Our View
Posted: November 15, 2018, 9:18 am

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

UPDATED 6:15 pm: Prefabrication and lightweight timber builder Strongbuild was placed into voluntary administration at 9 am on Thursday morning, after Frasers Australia pulled out of a contract just two weeks from commencement leaving a massive $6 million gap in expected earnings.

The post Strongbuild falls as Frasers Property pulls the pin on a major deal appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tina Perinotto
Posted: November 15, 2018, 7:37 am

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

Change is in the air at both the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and Moreland Energy Foundation Limited (MEFL).

The post David Singleton steps down as ISCA chair after seven years appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: November 15, 2018, 7:35 am

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

OXYGEN FILES: Would corporate Australia continue to function if climate change compromised coffee harvests to the point it became scarce and therefore unaffordable for most of us? It’s worth thinking…

The post Grinding the truth: Is coffee an environmental disaster or a force for good? appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Willow Aliento
Posted: November 15, 2018, 7:24 am

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

The Fifth Estate’s UK correspondent and prolific writer David Thorpe has a new book in the works, which is soon to be released. The following is an extract from his…

The post Striking a balance between smart and sustainable cities appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Thorpe
Posted: November 15, 2018, 6:21 am

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

If recent troubling reports in The Fifth Estate and elsewhere on the state of urban planning and governance are to be believed, then a sector-wide inquiry sounds like a good idea. Mike Brown, for one, thinks it's time to take a good hard look into the state of our urban affairs.

The post Urban interests trump reason: Do we need an inquiry? appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Mike Brown
Posted: November 15, 2018, 5:56 am

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

The increasingly demanding working week is taking its toll on people. For residential architects and designers, this means creating spaces for workers to come home to places that genuinely promote wellness and social connection.

The post Wellness-focused high-rise taps into opportunities from overwork appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: November 15, 2018, 4:59 am

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

A robotic room that morphs and shifts to accommodate more people and changes in temperature is being designed by the University of New South Wales students and Arup.

The post The Centaur Pod will morph and change shape appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: November 15, 2018, 1:33 am

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

The latest Rider Levett Bucknell International report for Q4 2018, for example, predicts that Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide in particular will continue to experience strong demand for building services.

The post If you’re worried about a crashing building market, don’t appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Willow Aliento
Posted: November 15, 2018, 1:20 am

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

Good planning and governance has the potential to breathe life back into Sydney’s music scene, writes James Hulme from independent think tank The Committee for Sydney. Sydney should consider dedicated music zones, he says, and think outside the box to keep neighbours of noisy venues happy.

The post How better planning can save Sydney’s music scene (and its mojo) appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: James Hulme, The Committee for Sydney
Posted: November 15, 2018, 12:55 am

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

Planet Ark Power has jumped onto the opportunities for expansion through borrowing funds without needing to rely on real estate securities, thanks to Greenlend, the new clean energy funding platform from MarketLend. Robert Harley reports.

The post Game-changing finance for green borrowers with Greenlend appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Robert Harley
Posted: November 13, 2018, 9:00 am

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

The big consultancy firms such as KPMG and EY are bolstering their sustainability teams to meet new demand in areas such as climate change risk, modern slavery, carbon farming and sustainable timber verification.

The post Consultancy giants boost sustainability teams appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: November 13, 2018, 7:14 am

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

Daniel Kress of Smart Plus Homes is offering readers of The Fifth Estate $200 off his Certified Passive House Designer full course package running in Perth from 26 November and in Sydney from 11 March.

The post Fantastic TFE reader offer: $200 discount to Certified Passive House Institute Designer course, Perth or Sydney appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: November 13, 2018, 6:35 am

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

NSW Treasury Corporation’s first record breaking green  bond issued on Friday will go towards low carbon transport and sustainable water projects.

The post NSW TCorp smashes Australian government green bond record appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author:  Poppy Johnston
Posted: November 13, 2018, 5:50 am

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

The Tomorrowland 2018 ebook is just days away from publishing. But how could we resist giving you a great sneak peek at one of the absolute highlights of the day? Following is the long-ish version of the highlights.

The post Tomorrowland 2018: “We the people” panel – the (long) highlights appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: November 13, 2018, 5:42 am

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

The congestion from bikes, dockless bikes, scooters, e-scooters, e-bikes, EV-charging, and even people is making our kerb-side a battleground. We need to think smarter about how these increasing and competing channels can all access the veins of our city. Most roads are still designed for cars first.

The post Street smarts are crucial to planning our cities   appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Chris Isles, Place Design Group
Posted: November 13, 2018, 5:17 am

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

BDAV is looking for a confident part-time Executive Officer who has initiative and self-drive to provide support to executive level management as well as deliver operational administration requirements.

The post Building Designers Association of Victoria: Executive Officer – TPA appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Advertisement
Posted: November 13, 2018, 4:40 am

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

Victoria’s sustainability crusade continues at the local government level, with six new councils mandating ESD clauses in their planning schemes.

The post More Victorian councils pushing for sustainability at planning stage appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The fifth Estate
Posted: November 13, 2018, 2:53 am

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

Amy Childs has been appointed managing director of Tasmanian-owned energy provider, Momentum Energy. Joining the company in 2016 as general manager sales and marketing, Ms Childs has been acting in…

The post Momentum Energy appoints Amy Childs as new MD appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: November 12, 2018, 10:38 pm

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

Complex contractual disputes on numerous infrastructure and construction projects across the supply chain industry will inevitably impact the final out-turn costs on projects, whether they are upstream or downstream claims.

The post How embracing AI can drastically reduce the number of disputes and claims in the construction industry appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Steve Bolt, WT Partnership Australia
Posted: November 12, 2018, 5:00 am

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

China has technology that can scan a billion faces in one second. It's using that level of technology to plan its cities and transport. It knows that cities are the powerhouses of the economy it wants.

The post On what China is doing with its tech and why we should care appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate – Our View
Posted: November 8, 2018, 8:29 am

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

"if it wanted to, the AFL could stop climate change". Big call, but this CEO was referring to the power of the AFL to educate and drive positive change.

The post QandA with Tamara DiMattina on the New Joneses appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Tamara DiMattina, The New Joneses
Posted: November 8, 2018, 7:23 am

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

We humans are such variable and fickle creatures. Turns out we’re not that fussed about “perfect” indoor quality, what we want is agency – to have some control over our environments.

The post The human side of buildings needs to come first – National Energy Efficiency conference 19-20 November appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Sponsored: Energy Efficiency Council
Posted: November 8, 2018, 6:53 am

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

Aside from the few tyres that are turned into park swings or are ground up for soccer ground surfaces, most tyres from Australian cars and trucks go to waste or are exported overseas to be turned into fuel.

The post Tyre waste to screech to a halt in Toowoomba appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnston
Posted: November 8, 2018, 5:10 am

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

Farmers are starting to agitate for action on climate and they’re getting smarter and more innovative to cope with the challenges it presents. According to young award winning farmer, Anika Molesworth, expect to hear more from this sector. 

The post Farmers locking horns with climate change  appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Poppy Johnson 
Posted: November 8, 2018, 3:23 am

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

OXYGEN FILES: Researchers are flagging Bitcoin as a possible threat to the two degree warming target, in part due to its energy-intensive data mining process.

The post Why bitcoin is a bit rich for the planet, getting water out of air, Bruce Pascoe and the first urban planners appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Willow aliento
Posted: November 8, 2018, 2:03 am

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

The best way to reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector in New Zealand is to switch to alternative fuels and decarbonise the electricity grid. Personal behaviour change will only have marginal impact, a new study has found.

The post New Zealand needs to decarbonise transport to get on track with climate goals appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: David Thorpe
Posted: November 8, 2018, 1:16 am

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

Scientists are hitting the panic button over the recent election of new Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, because it means around two-thirds of the Amazon rainforest are now under the control of a far-right anti-environmental regime.

The post Alarm bells over the loss of the world’s lungs, in Brazil appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: Willow Aliento
Posted: November 7, 2018, 11:57 pm

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

Malcolm McDowall has been appointed Australia Pacific chief executive officer at Arcadis after 18 years with the design and consultancy firm. He replaces Greg Steele, who was recently appointed Asia Pacific group executive…

The post Malcolm McDowall to head up Arcadis Australia Pacific appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: November 7, 2018, 10:29 pm

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

The NSW Labor Party will support “public transport over toll roads” as it heads to a state election in March. According to Fairfax Media, Labor plans to dump the proposed…

The post NSW Labor backs public transport over roads ahead of March election appeared first on The Fifth Estate.

Author: The Fifth Estate
Posted: November 7, 2018, 10:06 pm

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