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CRC for Construction Innovation news

BRIEFS – 28 October 2009 – CRC for Construction Innovation chair, John V. McCarthy, will become the first Australian to become president of the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) after the board voted him to the position at its 13 October meeting in Belgium. The vote is expected to […]

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An integrated approach is essential, says architecture Gold Medallist for architecture Ken Maher

“I believe designing in the future will need to be an organic process, an ecological process, where landscape and nature are integrated and interpreted,” says the Australian Institute of Architects 2009  Gold Medalist, Ken Maher, chair of HASSELL, in this year’s AS Hook Memorial Address. This will be a critical to the profession facing the […]

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Inquiry into home and business insulation to be wider

BRIEF – 29 October 2009 – The Senate Environment Committee inquiry into insulation for homes and businesses will now be expanded from malpractice in the industry to the potential for job creation, money saving and environmental benefits. Greens Deputy and Senator, Christine Milne, said her party had secured amendments to the original terms of reference […]

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International RICS award for Bond University’s Mirvac School of Sustainable Development

BRIEF – 26 October 2009 – Bond University’s Mirvac School of Sustainable Development on the Gold Coast has won the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors global Award for Sustainability announced last week at a gala ceremony in London. The building on Queensland’s Gold Coast, is carbon neutral, water efficient, healthy, financially viable and smart. A […]

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International RICS award for Bond University’s Mirvac School of Sustainable Development

BRIEF – 26 October 2009 – Bond University’s Mirvac School of Sustainable Development on the Gold Coast has won the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors global Award for Sustainability announced last week at a gala ceremony in London. The building on Queensland’s Gold Coast, is carbon neutral, water efficient, healthy, financially viable and smart. A […]

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New light and movement sensors point to savings

CASE STUDY – 21 October 2009 – The Australian Bureau of Statistics Central Offices at Belconnen in Canberra had a 4.5 star NABERS Energy base building rating. But its tenancy rating was a below average two stars. The building was a relatively modern 34,000 square metre structure commissioned in 2002, with BMS controls. To rectify […]

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News from the front desk: Issue No 15

Australia, Planet Earth Human energy looking for a grid By Tina Perinotto In six months The Fifth Estate has moved from a tentative start to fielding ever growing demand for coverage from this exciting and fast moving industry. We’ve featured change agents working out how to stimulate new human behaviour, climate risk specialists with a […]

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Stop the rot of overdevelopment

LETTER – 22 October 2009 – Dear Michael [Mobbs] I subscribe to The Fifth Estate newsletter and have just finished reading your article, “Bathurst Burr: Supermarkets are killing our villages”. It’s like you have been reading my mind; even though I can only dream of writing as well as you. I have lived in Newcastle […]

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Green home loans choked by popular demand

22 October 2009 – Environment Minister Peter Garrett’s office defended the interest-free green home loan program after the Senate Estimates hearings on Tuesday night found only a small fraction of loans had been approved. Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne said scheme could not handle the demand and was headed for collapse, along with […]

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Local is where the action is

– 22 October 2009 – In Melbourne this month was Gino Van Begin, Deputy Secretary-General of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, to spruik his urgent message of including cities into post-Kyoto climate change agreements. From ICLEI’s point of view, if effective climate change action is going to happen – and warming kept to 2 […]

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Aurecon and Monash University win award for new rating tool for universities

BRIEF – 21 October 2009 – University facility managers now have a rating tool they can rely on, thanks to the Aurecon and Monash University-developed tool which has just won an award at the 2009 Tertiary Education Facility Managers Association conference held in Melbourne last month. The Model ESD (environmentally sustainable development) Sustainability Assessment Tool […]

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THE ARK – North Sydney

CASE STUDY – 19 October 2009 – If there has been a softening of commitment to high quality green buildings during the recent financial crisis, there is no evidence of this happening with Investa’s latest green showcase, The Ark, in North Sydney. The building is the first six star Green Star building Investa has developed […]

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THE ARK – North Sydney

CASE STUDY – 19 October 2009 – If there has been a softening of commitment to high quality green buildings during the recent financial crisis, there is no evidence of this happening with Investa’s latest green showcase, The Ark, in North Sydney. The building is the first six star Green Star building Investa has developed […]

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US emissions dropping at “amazing speed”

By Lester R Brown From Earth Policy Institute – 10 October 2009 – For years now, many members of Congress have insisted that cutting carbon emissions was difficult, if not impossible. It is not. During the two years since 2007, carbon emissions have dropped 9 percent. While part of this drop is from the recession, […]