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Work to begin on RMIT Design Hub

“The Design Hub will be a centre for collaboration – a place to develop world-class concepts and initiatives that will raise this city’s and Victoria’s international profile”- RMIT Vice Chancellor, Professor Margaret Gardner by Lynne Blundell July 5, 2009: With the appointment today of building contractor Watpac Construction (Vic), work will soon begin on RMIT’s new Design […]

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A golden opportunity to go green

by Romilly Madew  – 3 July 2009 – In recent weeks, we’ve seen some criticism of the Australian Government’s $14.7 billion school infrastructure spending. On 11 June, The Australian claimed Infrastructure Australia board member, Peter Newman, had suggested that school infrastructure projects were being pushed out too quickly, with new buildings and infrastructure based on […]

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A golden opportunity to go green

by Romilly Madew  – 3 July 2009 – In recent weeks, we’ve seen some criticism of the Australian Government’s $14.7 billion school infrastructure spending. On 11 June, The Australian claimed Infrastructure Australia board member, Peter Newman, had suggested that school infrastructure projects were being pushed out too quickly, with new buildings and infrastructure based on […]

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Save water, money, carbon

Saving water to the tune of $10,000 a month By Tina Perinotto Melbourne’s Wholesale produce market has slashed $10,000 from its monthly water bill after commissioning a water metering system through Sydney based company, Watersave Australia. Managing director of Watersave, Paul Marsh, said his company’s Smart Meter resulted in a water use dropping from 93 […]

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Jones Lang LaSalle appointed to global guidelines role

BRIEF 3 July 2009 – Jones Lang LaSalle’s Upstream Sustainability Services has been appointed lead strategy consultant to the Global Reporting Initiative for the development of global guidelines to harmonise corporate reporting on sustainability issues for the construction and real estate sector. The two year mandate will involve working with the  collaborating centre of the […]

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Mike Rann – a premier with impact

By Tina Perinotto South Australia’s Sustainability and Climate Change Division has a unique problem – not how to spread its message, but how to field the daily flood of web hits and red hot telephone traffic. This small state is leading Australia on an impressive number of environmental fronts – on wind energy, geothermal exploration, […]

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Japanese developer Sekisui House eyes sustainable housing with Payce venture

FAVOURITES – 13 July 2009 – Japanese developer, Sekisui House’s recent majority purchase of Australian residential developer Payce Consolidated, promises a long awaited sustainable shakeup of the local multi-housing industry in Australia if all goes according to plan. The company has bought a 75 per cent stake in the Payce’s existing development pipeline at Waterfront […]

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Sydney’s new train stations need higher densities

BRIEF – 30 June -The NSW Urban Task Force today welcomed the announcement of 11 new train stations in Sydney’s inner west but called on the state government to immediately revise its planning regime to encourage higher density around the stations.
BRIEF- 30 June – The Green Building Council of Australia today released a new Assessment
Framework for Product Certification Schemes that is expected to result in lower costs for materials and fitouts.

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Sydney's new train stations need higher densities

BRIEF – 30 June -The NSW Urban Task Force today welcomed the announcement of 11 new train stations in Sydney’s inner west but called on the state government to immediately revise its planning regime to encourage higher density around the stations.
BRIEF- 30 June – The Green Building Council of Australia today released a new Assessment
Framework for Product Certification Schemes that is expected to result in lower costs for materials and fitouts.

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New products framework tipped to lower fitout costs

BRIEF-  30 June – The Green Building Council of Australia today released a new Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes that is expected to result in lower costs for materials and fitouts. GBCA’s Green Star executive director, Robin Mellon, said the Assessment Framework would result in greater clarity in terms of best practice benchmarks and […]

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New products framework tipped to lower fitout costs

BRIEF-  30 June – The Green Building Council of Australia today released a new Assessment Framework for Product Certification Schemes that is expected to result in lower costs for materials and fitouts. GBCA’s Green Star executive director, Robin Mellon, said the Assessment Framework would result in greater clarity in terms of best practice benchmarks and […]

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IPD Index shows wide range of property returns

22 June – BRIEF – On the economically sustainable front commercial property values  continued to crash in some countries, but post mild returns in others, according to the latest IPD Global Property Index. A report posted by IPD today said that across 23 of the world’s “most mature real estate markets” the range of returns […]

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News from the front desk- Issue No 6

Get With The Strength – It’s the Ecological Age by Tina Perinotto… 18 June…There’s a nasty underbelly to natural disasters that go way beyond the rebuilding of the physical infrastructure. It’s the human cost and, as in war, it can take many years to play out. New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin whose city was devastated […]

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Fast tax relief could be a bit like fast food

by Nicola Woodward – 21 April 2009 – Accelerated Depreciation is a core platform of the property industry as a way to green buildings – but there are major flaws in this approach and better ways to achieve the desired outcomes…. “Green depreciation” is a term that has recently been coined for providing accelerated tax […]

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In Singapore they do buildings different

Iluma in the entertainment district: a facade of “jewelled” polycarbonate cells that “glitter in the day and glow in the night” will be a canvas for the media artist to display their works, enabling creatives and even the public to make city-scaled interventions in light and sound By Tina Perinotto In 1989 Richard Hassell had […]

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Ryde council goes to 4 Stars

by Lynne Blundell In a perfect world Sam Capelli, environment manager with City of Ryde Council, would like to see local government sustainability requirements for developments pushed much higher. But in this far from perfect world, where developers and residents baulk at paying extra for green, he knows he has to settle for compromise. After […]

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Incentives and subsidies – from California to the EU the right stick and carrot mix works

by Lynne Blundell The stick and carrot approach is proving a good one for pushing sustainability globally. As governments around the globe respond to the climate change challenge with stricter building codes, together with incentives, green buildings and technologies are booming. In the US, the introduction of California’s Green Buildings Standards Code is expected to […]

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Global financial crisis pushes councils to be more sustainable

by Lynne Blundell The global financial crisis has driven councils to be more sustainable in their focus, with Victorian councils significantly increasing spending on sustainable building and construction materials as well as energy efficient and water saving products, according to green purchasing organisation, ECO-Buy. ECO-Buy’s latest report on local government green purchasing shows that in […]

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Now for climate positive cities

BRIEF – 17 June: Melbourne will become one of 16 major urban projects to try to become “climate positive” in an initiative launched by the The Clinton Climate Initiative and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The aim is for The Climate Positive Development Program to reduce the amount of on-site CO2 emissions to below […]