Garden towns and cities are an idea from the past that could help us in the present prepare for the climate-changed future. A new one is rising from green fields near Oxford, England, that is about creating not just homes but a healthy, low carbon community. Last month, delegates from 15 councils across England converged […]
It seems building energy efficiency is even palatable enough for federal energy and emissions reduction minister Angus Taylor as an emissions abatement opportunity.
Walker Corp’s nearly complete 4 Parramatta Square is looking for a major supply of indoor plants
Architects love to design buildings but how many are taking responsibility for energy performance? A new book published in the UK goes head to head with the facts.
How EcoStruxure Workplace Advisor optimised energy efficiency and employee comfort levels at Sodexo APAC House.
Daniel Andrews “smashing it” with schemes such as the Solar Homes program in Victoria, and the ACT going entirely carbon neutral.
Now six years old, the success of Bueno’s data-driven building operations software owes a lot to the maturity of energy performance in the Australian property sector. Now it’s looking to grow its presence overseas, with a new office set to open in New York next year.
EUROPE: Financing building upgrades to make them more energy efficient is the subject of much research. It’s estimated it would need around EUR 100 billion (AU$163 billion) a year to meet the European target to tackle climate change.
News from the front desk 455: There have long been voices suggesting that three levels of government in Australia is simply impractical. But while state governments are often targeted for not doing enough, it’s the federal government that’s falling short on many key agenda items.
Playing digital games is fun and highly engaging. So how about using it to stimulate behaviour change, such as energy efficiency, bus trips or more ethical consumer choices and practices?
In the midst of agreements on national reforms to address the cladding crisis and improve the fire and structural safety of buildings, decision makers at the recent Building Ministers’ Forum also reached another significant milestone – one that could set Australian homes on a path towards lower energy bills, reduced strain on the electricity network and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.
If you wondered what’s wrong with the shopping centre industry, why it refuses point blank to back mandatory disclosure of its energy efficiency ratings as other property sectors do, chat to Michael Fattouh.
Vicinity Centres first announced millions of dollars in rooftop solar investment Now it’s aiming for net zero carbon by 2030 across its 34 wholly-owned shopping centres.
The commercial building disclosure program – largely credited for lifting Australia’s office building stock to a higher energy efficiency performance – looks unlikely to be expanded to shopping centres any time soon.
The University of New South Wales is gunning for net zero greenhouse gas emissions from its buildings by 2020 in a new three-year plan to improve the university’s sustainability performance.
NABERS has a new vision for the future, with its new five-year strategy going live last week. A few experts offered their thoughts on the journey of the national rating tool so far and what they hope to see going forward.
Supermarkets are a ubiquitous fact of urban life, despite the rise of farmers markets, boutique providores and online shopping.
The 47-level Collins Arch mixed use project on Melbourne’s Collins Street will be kitted out with high efficiency airconditioning and other low-impact technologies thanks to a $100 million investment from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation.
NABERS has big plans for the next five years according to the 2019-2023 draft strategic plan released on Tuesday.
Mirvac has added more green creds to its portfolio, achieving the highest possible six star NABERS Energy rating for a base building at One Darling Island at Pyrmont in Sydney.
You can almost wrap a bow around some years and consign them to the storage unit, but 2018 has not been one of them. Many of the hottest issues that were in the spotlight remain unresolved or have been investigated to near death. We can only hope for real and meaningful action in 2019.
News from the front desk, Issue No 417: We know it’s nearly Christmas but we still can’t seem to shake that annoyance we have with those lobbyists who’ve stifled the move to better energy standards in housing through the National Construction Code. We know that the Housing Industry Association and the Master Builders Australia have […]
Pressure is mounting to increase “out of date” 6 star minimum energy efficiency standards for new homes ahead of the COAG Energy Council meeting next Wednesday.
First State Super’s first-ever “war on waste” challenge to teach staff to curb office waste has won the not-for-profit superannuation fund the Signatory of the Year (over 2000 square metres) award at this year’s National CitySwitch Awards.
Human nature and behaviour patterns are increasingly coming to the fore in managing energy efficiency for commercial buildings in particular. Now Johnson Controls has released a report showing it’s a rising trend.
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 Department of Environment and Energy is looking for Senior Policy Officers who can bring innovative solutions to complex policy issues.
More investments in existing energy efficiency technologies, coupled with stronger policy measures, would boost progress toward the goals of the Paris climate deal, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said this week.
UK National House Building Council report pictures the type of houses that Britons are expected to be living in the future. To what extent is this fantasy?
Your weekly round up of sustainability news and what it means.