New Zealand parliament buildings go green

The environmental performance of New Zealand’s most iconic building, the Beehive, and two of the country’s other parliamentary landmarks, will be independently verified by the NZ Green Building Council (NZGBC). New Zealand’s Parliamentary Service, this week said the operational performance of Parliament House and the Parliamentary Library would also be rated by the council’s Green […]

Tanya Ha – what happens when diversity meets environmentalism

Tanya Ha, former presenter on ABC’s Catalyst, science communicator and environmentalist, is busy helping scientists to better communicate and has a “pet interest” in the green building and sustainable cities movement. Now she’s jumped further into diversity issues.

Sustainable homes make us healthy, wealthy and green

For the market for sustainable homes to continue to grow we need to use language that resonates with consumers, such as “comfortable”, “healthy”, and “affordable”.

Davina Rooney’s letter to the industry: Toward a zero carbon future with cautious optimism

New GBCA chief executive Davina Rooney comes with a challenge the industry seems happy to embrace. What’s on the cards could be all 6 Star Green Star buildings be mandated net zero carbon. In my career I have seen sustainable buildings come a long way.  Now, as we approach the critical decade on climate change, […]

EUAs get a new name and go national – at last

Bank Australia has partnered with Sustainable Melbourne Fund to take the original environmental upgrade agreement (EUAs) program for buildings national. 

Mirvac adds another to six star NABERS Energy tally

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.

2019: The bumper outlook report

It’s the end of the year and time for people to reflect, process and gear up for 2019.

On 12 years of waiting for a better energy standard in housing

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 […]

Fremantle jumps aboard timber office trend

Commercial offices are a “forgotten market” in WA for exploring sustainable building options. Now they’ve got a new timber building designed by Harris Jenkins Architects and Josh Byrne and Associates.

How blockchain could boost pre-fab and green buildings

EXCLUSIVE: Blockchain might be the missing ingredient that prefabricated homes need to go mainstream. According to Aurecon’s fourth Buildings of the Future report, provided exclusively to The Fifth Estate, “leapfrog” technologies such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies have the potential to dramatically change how buildings are designed, constructed and managed.  The report said that blockchain, a […]

Christou and Aecom in court over building’s green claims

It was designed with the highest of green ratings in mind, but the City of Canning in Perth is taking design firm Christou and consultant Aecom to court over alleged “misleading or deceptive” conduct regarding the $37 million Cannington Leisureplex’s ecologically sustainable design.