A raft of sustainable property leaders turned up on Wednesday to hear that the Aussie green building industry had topped global competition in the latest Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark survey. Again. The Australian and New Zealand sector scored 69 points against a global average of 56. Regional sector leaders were Lendlease with its Australian […]
On GRESB, DJSI, Carbon Disclosure Project… and the big fast train smash driving them all Coming through the wires this week was the yearly call for companies to join the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark. Nils Kok, who’s featured often in these pages, co-founded GRESB in 2009 as a way to for institutional property owners […]
The Building Research Establishment, responsible for the BREEAM green building certification scheme, has partnered with the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark to promote the advancement of sustainability and transparency in the real estate industry.
While the federal government continues to attack anything that supports renewable energy and sustainability, what’s happening in property’s energy efficiency sector? We asked Paul Bannister of Energy Action, Phil Harrington of pitt&sherry, PC Thomas of Team Catalyst, Chris Nunn from JLL and the Property Council’s Charlie Thomas.
The 2014 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark results have been released, and it shows Australia and New Zealand still lead in overall performance, but with Asian property company performance in hot pursuit. Australia’s Lend Lease and ISPT were also announced in a list of 11 global leaders, while Australand was named a regional leader.
By Tina Perinotto
24 July 2014 — According to Ché Wall, director of Flux consultants, the potential of green bonds for property is a game changer, particularly in Australia.
On green buildings – time for the evidence; the iron lady with the green lungs and who (really) sacked Paddy Manning? 12 April 2013 – Well someone was delighted to see Jerry Yudelson’s new book had finally made it to press, judging by Friday morning’s twittersphere activity. The book, The World’s Greenest Buildings, (£29.99 from […]
By Eric Knight
25 February 2013 – One of the most important challenges in tackling climate change is to change human behaviour. It’s also the most effective, says Eric Knight, author of a recent book, Reframe, How to solve the world’s trickiest problems. Next Wednesday, 6 March, he will address the Green Cities 2013 conference in Sydney on findings from his work. Following is a sample of his views.
14 November 2012 GreenBuild 2012 – Looking for love again – from Imogen Schoots: Blazed across an 11-storey vacant building in Alaska, a four storey high sign read “Looking for love again”.
Artist, designer and urban planner Candy Chang was commissioned to create a public art project on the decade long vacant Polaris Building.
10 May 2012 – Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne has jumped to support the sustainable property industry declaring she will challenge the federal government on its axing of the $1 billion Tax Breaks for Green Buildings program. The sustainable and mainstream property industry and energy efficiency associations in unison have slammed the action as an […]
On cavalries over the horizon, blue economies and other green knights 5 April 2012 – You get invited to the JP Morgan media briefing and think, it must be a mistake, but let’s go along anyway and see what the big end of town is thinking. Turns out that through the Trojan horse of social […]
4 April 2012 – The Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark has announced it will partner with the Global Reporting Initiative to enhance disclosure on sustainability reporting in a move that organiser say will thrust the real estate sector to the top tier of global sustainability disclosure.
9 March 2012 – Green Cities 2012 produced So many tweets… Following is a sample of the comments: Richard Dennis: “We haven’t introduced a price on pollution, we have merely reduced the $15bill subsidy on fossil fuels” #gcthink #QandA Romilly Madew ? ?@RomillyMadew @GregHuntMP ‘can plan for long term, can plan for the best predictions […]
Social innovator and author Rachel Botsman clearly stole the show at Green Cities 2012, which this year racked up a massive 2000 plus visitors through the turnstiles, crowding out the spaces beyond capacity at the massive Sydney Convention Centre.
Green Cities, green finance goes global and some very hot water for uncool federal cuts 1 March 2012 – All green knights will be gearing up for Monday’s launch of Green Cities 2012. This is the highlight of the year for this industry and as a consequence it’s the focus of the most critical eyes. […]
22 February 2012 – According to finance and real estate academic Nils Kok a decade ago, the green building movement didn’t exist. Today, despite two global financial crises, green buildings are a growing market and increasing at “phenomenal speed”, he says.
17 October 2011 – Special Report: The carbon tax is a game changer for the way the property industry will present its financial reports. But then, property is already moving in that space. Australia’s per capita carbon emissions might be the highest in the OECD but Australia’s top property companies are regarded as among the […]
By Tina Perinotto
14 September 2011 – If there were any green building deniers still out there in property world, Monday’s release of the latest research by the Australian Property Institute and the Property Funds Association of Australia
Architects move against gongs for bling, NABERS goes 6 star and green is Go, of course 24 August – Who says architects are quiet types? You don’t normally expect architects to create a seething cauldron of controversy but in recent times they’ve leapt right into the fray.
By Tina Perinotto 4 December 2011 – Berkeley and Maastricht universities’ academic Nils Kok arrived in Australia last week to confirm what every sane investor knew all along, that sustainable and energy efficient buildings are better buildings and worth more than their run of the mill energy guzzling peers.
There’s good news and there’s bad news: Green value shift downmarket; tropical designs and the WorldGBCA; carbon tax and tough love parenting; US and rampant teenagers.
By Tina Perinotto 1 March 2011 –In what could signal a major breakthrough, property investment analyst IPD on Monday launched its long awaited green property index at Green Cities 2011 and the results vindicate the industry’s commitment to a more sustainable product: Green Star and NABERS-rated buildings outperform non-rated buildings on a financial basis by […]