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Tenants forgive faults in green buildings

By Tina Perinotto… In a sign that the sustainable building industry is coming of age,  developer and energy consultancy Szencorp has revealed a “warts and all” report on its refurbished 6 star Green Star building in South Melbourne. According to Peter Szental, managing director of Szencorp, (a TFE sponsor) the Building Use Study benchmarked the […]

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Green building movement gains new "inclusive" energy

By Tina Perinotto… It’s amazing how quickly a targeted discussion about an important issue can gain momentum. At the Green Cities conference in Brisbane in early March this year, inevitable musings over the question of where to next for the green building movement have sparked what looks like a new wave of enthusiasm from a […]

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News from the front desk – Issue No 3

Built environment plays Cinderella at the Carbon Ball The built environment: a $38 billion prize in waiting By Tina Perinotto So the mining lobby wins again. The Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme, flawed and ineffectual as it may be, set back another year. Make no mistake, the enemy here is the coal lobby. And its cohorts […]

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Grocon builds for a carbon constrained economy

Pixel on Grocon’s Melbourne Carlton brewery site, designed by Studio 505: a laboratory for new green architecture … “Nobody can tell you accurately what the financial impost will be of the cost of a carbon constrained economy,” says David Waldren by Tina Perinotto FAVOURITES – 6 May 2009 – Private developer Grocon is pushing ahead […]

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CASE STUDY – Workplace6 a star performer for Pyrmont

The recently opened Workplace6 is part of the third stage of Sydney’s Darling Island Master Plan. The site, opposite Star City Casino on the waterfront at Darling Island, is managed by the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA). SHFA initiated the contract for a benchmark building in environmental design and construction with GPT, in conjunction with […]

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MOPOKE – Green roofs part Two

FAVOURITES – 6 MAY 2009 -The second and final part of an article on rooftop gardens by Liz Morgan. What is a green roof? Variously called green roofs, eco-roofs, rooftop gardens, vegetated rooftops, sky gardens, and so on, all rooftop green spaces are basically lightweight, engineered roofing systems that enable the growth of vegetation on […]

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Greenhouse gas abatement needs the building sector on side

By Romilly Madew…

Commercial and residential buildings account for 23 per cent of Australia’s annual emissions – making the built environment sector vital in any carbon pollution reduction scheme.

The Australian Government’s proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) won’t have an impact on Australia’s built environment, and so won’t achieve reductions in the very sector where emissions are both significant and most easily achieved.

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Greatest Energy Efficiency Opportunities Remain Untapped

by Peter Szental The Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) draft National Strategy on Energy Efficiency makes important steps, but leaves the building sector out in the cold and Australia’s greatest energy efficiency opportunities untapped. Investing in energy efficiency is more than a double-dividend. Energy efficiency creates green jobs, improves Australia’s economic competitiveness, cuts greenhouse pollution […]

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Darebin Council works on climate change action plan

Local government action: Darebin Council in Victoria is working with the local community and businesses to implement a Community Climate Change Action Plan to reduce community greenhouse emissions across its municipality. To help develop the plan the Council has established a Community Climate Change Reference Group with representatives of diverse community organisations. It has also […]

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Local councils struggling with climate change

by Lynne Blundell The Sydney Coastal Councils Group’s (SCCG) recently released report on adapting to climate change outlines the difficulties councils face in tackling rising sea levels, flooding, storm damage and increased bushfire incidence. The report, Case Studies of Adaptive Capacity is the result of a two year project by CSIRO, the University of the […]

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The Ken Yeang guide to green design

Dr Ken Yeang is one of the world’s leading architects. Here are his views on architecture for the serious challenges that lie ahead for the planet and design… Providing ecological corridors and linkages in regional planning is crucial in making urban patterns more biologically viable. We must biologically integrate the inorganic aspects and processes of […]

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BRIEF – Victorian sustainability winners

Five star performers were last month rewarded by the Victorian Government’s Premier’s Sustainability Awards. They included: Maverick plumber, Brent Papadopolous who swam  against the tide of  sceptical friends in 2002 when he started Sustainable Plumbing Solutions. Today, the company is a leading designer and installer of water-saving technology and has worked on the “Solar Systems” […]

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What’s needed is accountability

In the discussion of ways to drive energy efficient buildings and thereby cut greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector, some people in the property industry have been critical of anything that would provide a penalty as a complement to incentives, arguing that penalties – any penalties – are unfair. But why should the property […]

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What's needed is accountability

In the discussion of ways to drive energy efficient buildings and thereby cut greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector, some people in the property industry have been critical of anything that would provide a penalty as a complement to incentives, arguing that penalties – any penalties – are unfair. But why should the property […]

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Case study – Woolies gets a green light

23 April 2009 – Woolworths has set the sustainable property bar high for retail, aiming for carbon emissions cuts of 40 per cent by 2015 and water savings of 200 million litres per year, Woolworths’ environmental advisor, Kane Hardingham, told delegates at the Energy Efficiency Forum, held in Sydney on April 8. Following is an edited version […]

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Rod Leaver

23 April 209 – Rod Leaver was appointed to the board Green Building Council of Australia in Februrary this year, replacing Maria Atkinson. Leaver, pictured right, looking pensive as part of an on-stage panel at the March Green Cities conference, is chief executive officer of Lend Lease Asia Pacific, a job to which he was […]

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News from the Front Desk- Issue No 2

The Fifth Estate- sustainable property news By Tina Perinotto There are some battles you prefer not to win. Like when the sceptics roll over. It’s as if you secretly hoped they were right. Such is the case with Westfield’s appointment six months ago of its first sustainability manager. (See jobs and people) But not just […]

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Sustainable Property Awards – The 2009 Banksias

The prestigious Banksia awards for sustainable property achievements – are looking for entries for 2009, closing 11 May. Categories include Eco-Innovation Award, Built Environment Award, Education Award and many more. According to a statement from the organisers,  “The Awards seek out and recognise Australian Businesses, Community groups, individuals and public bodies that are reducing their […]