What are the real-world implications for achieving new net zero buildings? How can new buildings be designed to reach net zero performance targets and what effect does this have on cost? These are the questions researchers for the UK Green Building Council set out to answer with a deep dive into the implications for two […]
It’s the biggest, most exciting and critically important challenge we face in the built environment. How to Flick the Switch to a Net Zero future and all electric buildings and cities.
One of the key speakers at Flick the Switch next Wednesday, Stiebel Eltron’s Glenn Day, will tackle the potential of heat pumps to pave the way to net zero. But it’s not easy: the hurdles are tough, especially for existing buildings.
News from the front desk, Issue 483: Last week, the Morrison government unleashed its technology roadmap on Australia, starring natural gas in a leading role. It didn’t take long for people to start protesting the pro-gas sentiment pushed by the government and its friends in the gas industry. Atlassian chief executive and renewables advocate Mike […]
The European Union has mandated that all new buildings be NZEBs from the 31st of December 2020. But look at how Aussie’s energy consumption compares. Here’s a hint: not good.
Climate change dominated discussions at this year’s traditionally conservative World Economic Forum but it remains to be seen how far business will go cutting carbon.
Low carbon design provides a cost-effective way of improving performance that can be adopted for all buildings. Now, clear guidance on how to achieve such designs is available in a series of free, technical guides.
Mirvac is poised to deliver a $350 million exemplar of how to achieve net zero, high performance, energy efficient and affordable housing in Altona North in Melbourne.
OPINION: Climate change is without much doubt the greatest threat now confronting the planet – and the dread most of us feel about accelerating global warming is being deepened by the failure of our elected leaders to act decisively.
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.
Local Government Super says building stock aiming to be net zero by 2050 is a good thing on multiple levels.
Local Government Super is taking its portfolio to net zero operating carbon emissions by 2030 and pushing for all building stock to be net zero by 2050.
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.
At last, after 12 long years we might finally see some improvement in the energy efficiency requirements for housing.
There’s a counter force to climate denialism in the US and Australia that’s arguably bigger and more powerful and is on a growth curve. In California last month it showed its muscle.
Exclusive: At a panel event on energy in Sydney last Friday, Paul Wall,head of group sustainability and energy at Dexus, let slip that his company had jumped aboard the net zero challenge with a commitment to achieve this by 2030.
The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is teaming up with its Chinese counterpart to increase building sustainability in the world’s largest building construction market, and help it to move towards net zero.
Lendlease’s Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial (APPFC) will become net zero carbon by 2025, one of the tightest targets set in the property sector.
Exclusive: Increased building standards, mandatory disclosure of NABERS tenancy ratings and increased amounts of renewables are being pushed by the City of Sydney in a bid to get office buildings to net zero by 2050.
US-based sustainability think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute has created a best-practice guide for the growing field of net zero energy leases.
Monash University has announced it will spend $135 million over the next 13 years to take its campus to 100 per cent renewables, cutting out gas entirely.
It’s World Green Building Week, with Green Building Councils from across the world campaigning for all buildings to be “net zero” by 2050.
Dementia is the single biggest cause of disability in Australians aged over 65, and with an ageing population we can expect more than 500,000 people to be living with the condition by 2025.
Queensland has joined other leading states in committing to a net zero emissions target by 2050, as part of its new Climate Transition Strategy.
True or false? “A zero-carbon built environment means that no fossil fuels are used in the operation of buildings and infrastructure.” False, because this leaves out the embodied carbon emissions of building, maintaining and dismantling the built environment. But how would we know? A whopping 40 per cent of all of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions […]
Businesses should commit to only owning or leasing space in buildings that will be net zero carbon by 2050, the World Green Building Council has urged. The call comes in a just-released report, From Thousands to Billions – Coordinated Action towards 100% Net Zero Carbon Buildings By 2050, which sets out the pathways and requirements […]
The Sydney Opera House has teamed with EnergyAustralia to help deliver its Environmental Sustainability Plan that includes achieving Net Zero by 2023. The partnership comes after the Opera House revealed its plan in August last year to achieve carbon neutrality, a 5-Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia and 14 per cent energy […]
The City of Sydney has approved its Environmental Action Plan, which will see it push for net zero emissions by 2050 and get 50 per cent renewables for the entire local government area by 2030. The draft plan was revealed in June last year and, following a period of consultation, has been amended and finalised, […]
NSW has more than doubled its renewable energy generation over the past six years and now enjoys the highest proportion of direct renewable energy jobs in Australia, according to its just released NSW Renewable Energy Action Plan annual report. However, there’s currently no plan to go beyond a 20 per cent renewables target by 2020. […]
AMP Capital has announced its Wholesale Office Fund will become carbon neutral by 2030, a move that has seen the Clean Energy Finance Corporation invest $100 million to help meet the strong target.