News from the front desk, issue 510: If you’re a greenwash spin-cycle merchant of high order and you think 2020 was hard on the bones, get set for an even tougher year ahead. From what we can tell from the tea leaves shaping up at the end of the year from hell (for most of […]
GPT has learnt much from its journey to carbon neutrality so far and now it’s going to apply those learnings to achieve a new target of net zero across its portfolio of managed assets by 2024, six years earlier than intended. Thanks to the property giant’s Energy Master Plan, three buildings in it’s Wholesale Office […]
In these stormy days, one is reminded of Charles Dudley Warner’s quip: “Everyone complains about the weather, but no one does anything about it”. This past week, much to the exasperation of Wamberal residents as they forfeit a good slice of their back yards, we remain confused about what to do and who should do […]
Times are changing fast and it’s important to check in on each other. Good time to take a pulse of the market.
With the introduction of government bills to force change, now is the time for quality market participants to back an overhaul of the state’s construction industry and rebuild customer confidence, argues the NSW Building Commissioner.
Sydney home buyers are still wary about the quality of new apartments, with the market for houses bouncing back much faster than the high-volume unit market in Sydney’s western suburbs.
More than 2,000 homes have been destroyed in Australia since the start of the bushfire season. More will certainly be destroyed before the season ends in March. Could these houses have been built to better withstand fire?
AMP Capital has become the latest premium property company to commit to a low-carbon future, with its newly released sustainability strategy committing to net zero carbon by 2030 for Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions across its $28 billion of assets world-wide. The strategy comes as the focus on carbon emissions from buildings and their […]
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.
Coliving can indeed be fun, social places to live but could the benefits peddled in the brochure be a bit overblown? The Fifth Estate investigates.
Browsing glossy property marketing and getting excited about en suites might be fun but serious investors and home buyers should consider one more thing when deciding what and where to buy: the climate emergency.
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.
The NSW government’s building and construction reforms have kicked up a gear with draft regulation to clean up the certification system released on Monday.
Fear of falling property values could be blinding coastal communities to the risks posed by rising sea levels, new research has found.
Brookfield’s and Cbus Property’s office portfolios have emerged as the equal best performing on energy efficiency in 2018 according to a new report that shows portfolio-wide NABERS ratings for 11 major property companies.
New housing in Australia must meet minimum energy performance requirements.
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.
What if changing the way we buy property is a solution to Australia’s housing affordability woes? Here’s a disruptive model that might be able to just that – allowing people to rent their way to home ownership.
At Western Sydney University in Parramatta, Charter Hall is forging an exciting asset class that delivers the very best in flexible, well located educational space for universities plus their choice of real estate equity.
Brief: Universities and not for profits now have free access to a supercomputer-enabled analysis tool that can assess extreme weather and climate change risks for any of their assets. The EasyXDI climate risk analysis tool has been made free for non-commercial purposes by the two part owners of the core technology – climate risk and […]
The Corporate Sustainability Team are currently seeking a Sustainability Advisor to join the team based in our Rhodes Office.
CONTRIBUTOR: Switching to 100 per cent renewable electricity is the single biggest step most organisations can take towards achieving zero emissions. Renewable electricity can either be generated on-site or delivered through the grid and in either case robust accounting is necessary to support claims of zero emissions, avoiding double-counting and ensuring customers of GreenPower or […]
There’s been a few noteworthy personnel changes that have happened recently, including a new chief executive officer for Knight Frank.
When Nina James first looked at sustainability as a career change, it was one job, focused around environmental improvement.
The recent Building Ministers Forum in Hobart was noteworthy for its consistency in for declaring more red tape, more checkers checking the checkers, and avoiding any policies that would make a genuine difference.
There seems to be no nationally consistent policies to protect assets and the investment they represent from the impacts of rising sea levels, more frequent storm surges and increased erosion in the coastal zone.
The NSW state’s construction industry is out of control. We need a NSW Commission of Inquiry. And we need Rowena Orr to run it. And we need it to be state based so that the politicians and bureaucrats can’t hide behind national inquires.
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.
The recently launched Heuga platform led by the DNW Group claims is the customer-facing component of a new collaborative building model premised on off-site construction.
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) annual report has flagged sluggish improvement in energy efficiency in homes, and with property representing a substantial part of Australia’s emissions reduction challenge, this was an obvious area for further action, the report stated. Overall the industry had “seized the challenges and opportunities offered by decarbonisation” this year, with the government-backed […]