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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 […]

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Sustainable property jobs

May 8, 2009 -Pick of the Week NSW Wind Farm development company A global company focused on developing, building and operating wind farm projects in Australia and New Zealand has a number of positions available: Wind farm developer A wind farm developer responsible for securing new wind farm sites and advancing projects to development approval […]

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NSW goes for green to get gold

Green projects will be fast tracked as part of NSW’s bid to attract green investment and create green jobs in NSW. At the NSW Jobs Summit in March, NSW Premier Nathan Rees, announced a a list of measures: Renewable energy precincts A key part of the plan is the creation of new Renewable Energy Precincts […]

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Pittwater Council plans for sustainability

Pittwater Council has placed its draft Learning for Sustainability Plan on public exhibition. The draft plan outlines a number of actions to improve sustainability in the local area. Pittwater mayor David James said that the plan would help guide Council and residents in making informed decisions about leading a more sustainable lifestyle. He said the […]

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Mopoke – Green roofs are a cool idea

By Liz Morgan First of a two part article on green roofs … FAVOURITES – 21 April 2009 – “The city is a granite garden, composed of many smaller gardens, set in a garden world….The city is part of nature.” Award-winning American landscape architect, Anne Whishton Spirn From a bird’s eye view, Australian cities do […]

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Grants and funding packages for sustainable property – do you qualify?

Sustainable property gets a helping hand. Check what’s on offer: 2009/10 Estuary and Coastal Management Grant Programs The main objectives of the programs are to improve coastal and estuarine health through the development and implementation of management plans. Go to the NSW environment department website for more details and application forms. The Water for Life […]