“We were able to demonstrate, with a lot of testing and re-analysis, that we could certify that whole building, including the existing structure, for another 50 or 60 years’ of life.”
Newcastle is a thing of intrigue for Sydneysiders and others who take more than passing interest in this major regional city. All eyes these days are on how to bring it closer to Sydney and the rest of Australia through various schemes to speed up the trains – at least a bit; because no longer […]
New year, new vibe. Well, maybe, or is it more of the same? The great resignation continues and so do the great pay rises if you listen to Richard Evans of recruiter Talent Nation.
NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: It’s a new year, but the only year that matters now is 2030. We’ve got just seven years to go, to get things right on climate. Well, at least to minimise the damage. Already we’ve locked in major global warming as Simon Wild underscores in an interview this week as he […]
For several years the Green Star rating tool has created demand for building airtightness testing services. In late 2021, the Air Tightness Testing & Measurement Association (ATTMA) surveyed its own Australia and New Zealand members about their experiences working on Green Star projects. All such testing so far has been under the original and Design […]
Earlier this year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee recommended the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) be inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger due to climate-induced risk. They stated, there is “no possible doubt that the property is facing ascertained danger.” The recommendation followed a review of policy and risk mitigation approaches, including the […]
Smart meters have a key role to play in Australia’s renewable energy transition, enabling distributed energy resources like rooftop solar, batteries and electric vehicles.
UN climate talks aren’t over yet but Australia has already chosen to sit out the biggest economic opportunity of our time.
Canadian real estate giant Colliers has announced its global ESG strategy including a dedicated task force for the Asia Pacific, led by Andrew Watson and fresh hire, Lisa Hinde.
We’re hearing encouraging noises from some of our state and federal leaders on the need to take climate change seriously while others remain vocally obstinate, or worse, eerily quiet.
GBCA’s new Green Star Homes standard and update to Green Star Buildings is a big step forward in addressing building airtightness, one of the juiciest low-hanging fruits on the building performance tree. It is cheap to implement compared to other energy savings investments, it improves comfort, and it reduces interstitial condensation risk.
The jobs market for building services is running hot according to specialist building services recruiter Sarah Wells from Swell Talent Services.
As the global push for climate action becomes increasingly mainstream, so too has the appetite for green bonds.
When The Fifth Estate held its sustainable finance salon in London in 2015 (see the ebook here), we talked about the “irrepressible Sean Kidney, who flew in straight from Beijing, suitcase in hand, to attend the dinner.” Kidney, founder, and pretty well sole operator of the Green Bonds Initiative in those days, was full of […]
Open letter from Responsible Wood and PEFC forest certification in response to The Fifth Estate’s recent feature article about the rise of mass timber construction.
Engineering services firm Meinhardt Group has continued its aggressive growth strategy to reassert itself as a top player in the Australian market. Among recent activity it’s hired sustainability and integrated design advocate Darren Bilsborough to head the ANZ building services team.
FINANCE: Green bonds and other sustainable finance vehicles are still booming amid the pandemic. In fact they’re seen as lower risk than traditional investments. It’s no surprise then that Australian property companies are getting on board. Global green bond issuance passed the $1 trillion-mark last week and Australian property giant Lendlease is not missing out on […]
Darren Godwell is changing the game for Indigenous businesses with the new Indigenous Network for Investment, Trade and Export (IgNITE).
In the face of ongoing uncertainty due to Covid, flexible office spaces are on the rise in the Asia Pacific region for the third year in a row.
Every nation would do well to emulate Europe’s Green Deal approach. Here’s how it works.
Global engineering company Meinhardt has come “full circle” in its Australian operations by acquiring Bonacci Group, a move it hopes will lock in its return as a top player in the Australian market.
The Fifth Estate talks to Sean Kidney of Climate Bonds Initiative about a green list of economic activity being adopted by the European Parliament that could put the kibosh on unsustainable developments, such as new coal mines, by tackling demand rather than supply.
As Penrith residents seek relief from the heat wherever they can find it, the city’s council is holding a masterclass to investigate how to cool its urban spaces.
A submerged library gives way to urban green space, and a stunning annexe ducks under heritage and physical constraints to provide offices to 102 members of parliament and their support staff – here are the winners of the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) National Awards 2019.
The Green Star rated Ginninderry community in the ACT is taking a suburb-wide approach to planning for fire. The development will be something of a living laboratory, with developer Riverview Projects signing a Collaborative Arrangement Agreement with CSIRO. CSIRO Bushfire Urban Design research leader Justin Leonard will be part of the research team, which also […]
Read about the latest job movements in the built environment.
With only 11 years left to deliver the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda, far more needs to be done and local governments and citizens must become more involved in sustainable development.
Chris Godsell has been appointed associate director of nettletontribe’s Melbourne studio.
A team of sustainability-minded engineers is set to fire up the conversation around sustainable transport through a globe-trotting solar-powered tuk tuk adventure.
What’s the connection between smart cities and sustainability? How about cleaner water, zero waste, smart transport, better engagement with communities and building resilience? Is that a good start?