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Slight marketing problem?

Let’s help you with that The Fifth Estate  delivers news, views and thought leadership for Australia’s sustainable businesses, starting with the built environment. 45,000 unique visitors monthly 12,000 subscribers to our newsletter sent twice a week Ranked No 1 in social media in the categories of sustainability and energy efficiency (Radian6) More than 7000 social […]

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Advertisement: Department of Industry and Science – Senior Energy Efficiency Officer

Department of Industry and Science Senior Energy Efficiency Officer Energy Division Job Title: Senior Energy Efficiency Officer Division: Energy Branch: Energy Productivity Section: Commercial Buildings Team Job Type: Ongoing, Full-time Salary: $74,196 – $83,488 Classification: APS Level 6 Location: Canberra – ACT Reference No: 056/1516WC Closing date: Friday, 28 August 2015 Job Description The Commercial […]

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Advertisement: Manager, Waste Strategy

$128,454 pa plus superannuation Performance Based Contract – 3 years Option to apply for 19 day month working arrangement This is an exciting, unique and career changing opportunity to make your mark at one of Australia’s premier local government areas. With a strong foundation of environmental master plans, projects and programs, the City of Sydney […]

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Melbourne City calls on landlords to open vacant shopfronts for creatives and entrepreneurs

COMMERCIAL: The City of Melbourne has launched a plan to make empty storefronts available to artists, creators and entrepreneurs in an attempt to help struggling businesses and commercial hubs bounce back from COVID-19. Commercial property owners, leasing agents and businesses with vacant or underused spaces are being called on to make them available for free […]

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What the Pyrmont legacy really means

Tactically cynical, the proposed revitalisation of Blackwattle Bay strongly indicates what this government’s legacy will be Over their life, governments might be conceived as concerned either with tactics or legacy. Tactics define the activities governments deploy to press agendas and mandates; to get things done or prevent them from occurring. Tactics entail the expenditure of […]

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City of Sydney unveils pitch to increase employment land opportunities for city’s south

PLANNING: Planning changes proposed by the City of Sydney for two precincts aim to radically increase commercial activity as the city’s population grows and demand for jobs increases. The proposed changes along Botany Road in Redfern and the north Alexandria light industrial area will increase building height and floor space limits for developers, as well […]

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New “rules of the road” recycling and what the minister (and others) say

 Among the fancy new words around business nowadays are “agile” and “nimble”. I’m old so I think what those words mean in practical terms is listening to your customers and better meeting their needs. It’s new spin on old-fashioned and effective practice. It’s through that lens that we see a good recycling sector announcement last week. Namely, with Commonwealth government funding […]

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Could Durra be the world’s most sustainable building panels?

The Durra Panel has been used in some of Australia’s largest commercial undertakings and the company behind the ultra-sustainable product says the residential construction industry is rapidly catching on too.  On its website, Ortech Industries labels itself “manufacturer of the world’s most sustainable building material.” It’s a lofty claim but also not easy to dispute. […]

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Ken McBryde looking to maximise impact with global design firm Gensler

JOBS CHATTER: One of Australia’s most sustainably-minded architects, Ken McBryde has joined major American firm Gensler, with an eye to maximising his positive effect on the planet. McBryde will act as a design director, guiding Gensler’s local operations down an ambitiously sustainable path – when he’s not pursuing his other passion for racing old motorcycles […]

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ICOMOS webinar: How will climate change impact on First Nations People?

EVENT PROMOTION: The Webinar “Oceania Wisdom for a Climate Chance”, has been organised by the Caring For Country Committee, a Working Group of Australia ICOMOS with members from Australia ICOMOS, ICOMOS New Zealand, ICOMOS Pasifika and Non-ICOMOS members from Oceania. It brings together a group of distinguished First Nations Australians, Ni Vanuatu, and Australian South Sea Islanders, who […]

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“So much liability if you get things wrong”: here’s a guide to help with the new NSW building standards 

Peak bodies of the Australian building industry have released a guide for design practitioners to better navigate recent legislative and regulatory changes aimed at improving building quality and safety in NSW.  The reforms were introduced in response to public concern over building standards in the wake of high profile cladding fire incidents, and more recently […]

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Perth’s carbon neutral certified apartment building 

A build-to-rent development in Perth has been certified carbon neutral under the government’s Climate Active Carbon Neutral Standard for Buildings, with claims it could be the first nationally. Featuring 264 apartments under the banner, Element 27, the project is managed and leased by developer Sentinel Fund Manager Australia, the Australian arm of US property investment […]

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Aussie company takes part in developing new WELL building standard

The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) will further push for building occupant wellbeing with a new rating tool aimed at the continuous monitoring and adaptation of health metrics including indoor air quality, lighting levels, and noise. The WELL Performance Rating will reward building operators for monitoring the health and well-being of their tenants and actively […]

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Queensland government joins zero carbon certification scheme

The Queensland government has become a founding partner in the Zero Carbon Certification Scheme, run by the Smart Energy Council and Hydrogen Australia. The scheme is an industry-led Guarantee of Origin style initiative to assess the embedded carbon in participating hydrogen, ammonia and metals produced in Australia, with the intention of promoting their uptake in […]