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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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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 design director, guiding Gensler’s local operations down an ambitiously sustainable path – when he’s not pursuing his other passion for racing old motorcycles that […]

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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 […]

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Tim Williams: How communities can cope, and grow, from major occupational upheavals

The coming workplace upheavals, brought by automation and accelerated by Covid, will challenge not just the “hands-on” professions but an increasingly under-employed and un-protected segment of knowledge workers too. Looking back on East London in the 90s, and the scaling back of production at Dagenham’s Ford factory, Tim Williams finds communities can in fact benefit […]

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Shmigel on sorting the waste to energy mess

TALKING RUBBISH: The Clean Energy Finance Corporation recently estimated a national pipeline of up to $7.8 billion in new investments in resource recovery, bioenergy and WTE in the period to 2025; employment benefits of up to 9,000 construction jobs, 2600 indirect jobs and as many as 1400 direct and ongoing jobs, and; the potential across those categories to reduce landfill emissions by as much as 60 per cent.