John Hunter hospital

TENDERS AND OTHER BUSINESS: Here’s the latest business opportunities with a sustainability flavour on offer.

The Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for its social housing provider panel – but only firms ready to deliver dwellings well above code minimum will be considered.

The newly established Property and Asset Services Design and Construct Panel will comprise suitably qualified residential builders who can deliver a range of social housing types, including detached dwellings, low-rise dwellings and multi-residential projects across the state.

Those tendering for metropolitan projects will also need to service at least one of five rural regions.

The new entity has a high bar on sustainability – including mandatory achievement of either 7 star NatHERS or building code minimum energy performance plus one star, whichever is the higher, for all low-rise dwellings.

It also requires all-electric dwellings with rooftop solar PV systems, and for all designs both detached and multi-residential to meet Liveability Housing Design Gold Standard or AS 4299 Adaptable Housing Class C for accessibility. Multi-residential projects will also need to meet the Better Apartments Design Guidelines.

Passive design approaches are to be prioritised over technological approaches for energy efficiency.

There is also a focus on quality of delivery, with thermal imaging inspections possible to verify insulation, along with air blower door testing to check air tightness.

The tender closes at 2pm on December 12, 2019. See all the documentation here.

John Hunter Hospital seeks megawatts of solar

As part of the current NSW Health push to reduce operational energy spend by helping Local Health Districts install solar PV at their biggest energy using sites, expressions of interest are sought for the installation and operation of a 1.94 megawatt solar PV system at the John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

The system is expected to provide a significant share of the hospital’s operational energy requirements. The savings on grid energy costs will be redirected into other areas of the hospital’s budget.

EOI’s close at 2pm on 18 November 2019. Get all the details here.

Development site up for grabs in the heart of Newcastle

The NSW government is seeking a great development idea for Rail Bridge Row, a development site adjacent to the new Crown Street Light Rail Stop in Newcastle. Zoned predominantly mixed use, potential purchasers/developers will need to submit a proposal for a mixed-use development that engages with the site’s existing heritage nature.

The government would welcome “Live Work Units”, which are ground floor small business retail or commercial premises with first floor living areas for the business owner.

Any pitch needs to demonstrate compatibility with the objectives of the Revitalising Newcastle Program. It also needs to show how the proposal will facilitate pedestrian activation of the precinct, include sustainability measures and achieve both environmental and social initiatives.

EOI responses close at 3pm, Monday 16 December 2019. Details here.

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