Building Circularity ebook

We’re excited to offer you our ebook on Building Circularity – why our Renaissance needs to be a perfect circle. The symposium late last year was a fantastic star-studded event. Leading architects from Australia, the UK and New Zealand joined materials experts and speakers from the private and public sector to shed light on how […]


The Flick the Switch ebook is a guide to achieving Net Zero and all-electric buildings. It’s a wrap of our 2020 symposium on this topic plus deep-dive additional interviews and features on the people and topics that are driving change and helping the property industry head in the right direction. Nearly two dozen panellists and […]

Tomorrowland19 – I, human

Read the report We know you’ll love this extended wrap of Tomorrowland19. We certainly did. Reading back over the content, from notes and recordings and further interviews with key participants – before and after – so much insight and useful intelligence jumped off the pages. You’ll learn about how to position your business or organisation […]

Reloved Buildings

Read the report As more than one property investor has said, re-loving a building can lead to a better result than building new. In today’s highly competitive world a creatively refurbished or repurposed building is certain to capture the imagination of a property market that’s developing a healthy appetite for the unique and sustainable – […]

Happy Healthy Offices 2019

We spend so much time in our workplaces it’s almost embarrassing. We arrive early, leave late, eat, exercise and shower there. We sometimes make our most important friends there. No wonder the way these spaces are designed, built and managed can have such a big impact on our health and well being. We’re so excited […]

Universities: past | present | future

Special report: universities and education Our first special report on our new microsite portal is a major collection of 26 articles that cover a cross-section of the built environment in universities and schools. It reveals great innovation and at times courageous forays into creating more sustainable built environments. Thanks to lead sponsors Charter Hall and supporting sponsors Curtin University and Monash University. […]

Tomorrowland 2018 – the ebook

The Fifth Estate is immensely proud to bring you our latest ebook, based on Tomorrowland 2018. We took on the most challenging topic, our urban future, and had some of the best minds in Australia to guide us through the tough terrain. We started with an Aboriginal perspective, and how the sensibility of the world’s […]

Bring Your Office to Life

In the almost 10 years since we launched with The Fifth Estate we’ve learnt three important things about offices, the topic we covered at our event in Brisbane on 27 March 2018 – Bring Your Office to Life. One is that they are capable of huge sustainability gains; they can achieve massive cuts in energy […]

Visit Tomorrowland: Buildings for a Sustainable Future

Our world is speeding up. We have robotic construction, augmented reality, driverless cars and artificial intelligence. There are new materials invented on an almost daily basis promising better performance and better design outcomes. Old materials are reinvented and repurposed. Overlaying this is climate change, dealing us the biggest challenge of all. We need resilience and […]

Healthy Offices: Why Wellness is the New Green

This isn’t an easy call to make because all of our books are very special and become industry guides, downloaded over and over, but I’m sure our Healthy Offices book will walk off its virtual shelf and become one of our very best performers.

The Green ICT Book

Emissions from the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are growing rapidly, with recent studies suggesting the sector currently comprises around two per cent of global emissions, with the figure expected to double by 2020.

Green Bonds and Property

It was an opportunity too good to miss. Early in 2015, I interviewed Sean Kidney, chief executive of the Climate Bonds Initiative, during his visit to Australia. The man was on fire. Full of the passion and excitement at the potential of climate bonds and green bonds to change the trajectory of climate change. Lined […]

Greening the West: Part II

In November last year we kicked off the most exciting of projects, Greening the West. With the help of our fantastic co-lead sponsors Leighton Properties and LandCorp, supporting sponsors NDY, Mirvac and City of Fremantle, advertising sponsor HFM Asset Management and finally Surround Sound sponsor Aurecon, we gathered together an amazing group of people, held […]

The Happiness Guide Chapter 8 – Keeping the magic alive

Okay, so life is ticking along nicely and you’ve both settled into a routine, but somehow there’s something missing from the relationship. You just don’t seem to talk much. It’s all business as usual. So where’s the togetherness you both hoped for? Sound familiar? If you’re a tenant feeling like you just don’t have much […]

The Happiness Guide Chapter 7 – Material Change

By Lynne Blundell

20 May 2014 — A new tenant is moving in, so it’s in with the new and out with the old. And it’s not just the tenant we’re talking about – the office fittings are most likely going the same way.

More often than not they’ll end up in landfill at great expense to all involved, not to mention the environment. Oh, and our health, if there are any undesirable substances in the fittings that might leach into the soil, air and water.

The Energy Gold Rush – your toolkit for strategic energy management

If you need to source cheaper and more low carbon electricity for your organisation – or want to understand more about this increasingly critical part of the sustainability landscape  – then our latest ebook will be invaluable. The Energy Gold Rush: Your Toolkit for Strategic Energy Management, has been a huge project. Developed in collaboration […]

The Sustainability Salon for Perth and WA ebook

18 December 2013 — On 7 November 2013, The Fifth Estate, with the help of our sponsors, hosted the Sustainability Salon for Perth and Western Australia.

Our objective was to better understand how Perth and WA could transform the benefits of one of the most extraordinary resources booms in Australia’s history into something truly valuable and enduring – in other words, sustainable.

It’s clear the west has a golden opportunity to achieve whatever it wants.

The state still contains a store of natural resources that is the envy of the world and will contribute to the nation for years to come.

The opportunity is for Perth to become a vibrant global hub. One that could transpose the wealth coming from resources into more complex economic and social fabric. The potential is to carve a great future for its people, including the huge numbers still arriving at the rate of 1000 people a week, bringing with them demands for housing, services and a hunger for social and economic rewards.

The Happiness Guide: Chapter 4 – Getting the pre-nups right

By Tina Perinotto

10 October 2013 — Introducing Chapter 4 of The Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness, a guide to best practice and green leasing.

Wow, this is the really scary bit. The heads of agreement stage. It’s the iconic visual image we all have of the lawyers striding through the city, wigs and gowns flying in the wind. Where are they going? Whose lives or business are they about to poke and prod for their individual pleasure?

The Happiness Guide: Chapter 3 – Getting together

By Tina Perinotto

4 September 2013 — We love this chapter three. And not just because it rhymes with the birds and the bees, but because this is about “Getting Together”.

You’ve assessed the old talent (office) and done some sums – financial and metaphorical – and decided to move on.

Now it’s time to consider all the other options.
What this chapter does is brings to the foreground the sometimes subtle but more often powerful influences that come to play from “other parties”. The third parties that somehow create the glue that binds, or the influences that slides the deal asunder.

The Happiness Guide: Chapter 2 – Should I stay or should I go?

By Tina Perinotto

7 August 2013 — Well, you and the relationship are doing just fine. There you are, happy landlord, and there’s the tenant, plugging away at their business. Suddenly, before anyone can say boo, it’s lease renegotiation time. Up comes that little bit of paper you both signed at the start of this commitment and in it was the review period. Just like real life, when you think about it. Except perhaps a little more organised and planned.

The Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness

3 July 2013 — The Fifth Estate is proud to release the first chapter of our latest exciting e-book, The Tenants & Landlords Guide to Happiness, a guide to best practice and green leasing.

It’s a gift to the landlords and tenants of Australia from The Fifth Estate in collaboration with Sydney’s Better Buildings Partnership.

To bring this book together our teams have tapped the best experts on all sides of the tenant and landlord fence, the people whose job it is to understand what’s less than ideal and how to fix it.

Ebook: Watch industry leaders speak on green leasing

18 July 2013 — In The Fifth Estate‘s latest e-book, The Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness, industry leaders shared their views on how the resistance to best practice leasing can be overcome. See what key players like Piper Alderman’s Lexia Wilson, CBRE’s Jenine Cranston, Investa’s Craig Roussac, WT Sustainability’s Steve Hennessey and Oxford University’s […]

The political “salon” dinner

19 October 2012 : It’s not often you get to have dinner with the political and business leaders who are most influential on the green property agenda. In late September The Fifth Estate did just that and we think everyone who reads the edited transcript of the conversation  will gain rare insights into the current […]

Ebook: GPT and the business of workplace transformation

FAVOURITES: The transformation of GPT Group’s offices in the 33 year old Harry Seidler designed MLC building achieved a six star Green Star rating and a modern workplace that set new standards. The Fifth Estate has produced an extended case study report on GPT’s head office, written principally by Lynne Blundell. Click on the image […]