By Tina Perinotto 10 February 2012 – In most display homes the signs say “No photographs”. But at the Landcom eco-living range of display homes built by Clarendon Homes at The Ponds in Sydney’s north-west, photographs are encouraged and rival builders are invited in to learn all they can. In this highly competitive industry that’s […]
8 February 2012 – Treehugger has highlighted resilient building and living in what it terms as a subtle shift in focus from sustainability to resilience in two published articles.
By Michael Mobbs
1 February 2012 –This is a map which will change Australia’s future in the next 10 years. (1)
The map shows the area of land covered by the coal, petrol, oil and minerals mining leases given or being given over the Queensland catchments of the Murray Darling rivers. It foretells the finale of the rivers’ story.
18 January 2012 – Private developers in Japan may qualify for 50 per cent subsidies to build shared use buildings under a program to foster more sustainable cities. And buyers of energy efficient homes may soon qualify for tax breaks. The move is just one of several sustainability initiatives from both the public and private […]
By Tina Perinotto
13 December 2011 – Built environment, stand up and take a modest bow. According to the federal government’s 2011 State of the Environment Report, there is threatening news on most of our ecological fronts, but despite 87 per cent of the population living in urban areas, the built environment has managed to reverse some of the most negative trends.
8 December 2011 – UK-based WSP managing director and global head of environment and energy, Stuart McLachlan, gives short shrift to much of the dominant thinking on sustainability and resource efficiency. In Australia recently as part of his bi-annual visits, and not long after the company consolidated its brand (which was previously WSP Lincolne Scott), […]
26 May 2011 – FAVOURITES: Peter Newman and Jeff Kenworthy of Curtin University’s Sustainability Policy Institute in Perth, Western Australia, say a new phenomenon is under way – “peak car use”.* Peak car use suggests that we are witnessing the end of building cities around cars – at least in the developed world. In the […]
By Ben O’Callaghan and Richard Hyde
This is an edited version of their paper, presented at the World Sustainable Building Conference 2011 in Helsinki.
20 December 2011 – Significant effort, capital and time are being invested by western countries to address climate change impacts by constructing more sustainable buildings.
Top stories for 2011 and wishes hopes and dreams 21 December 2011 – What did you like to read in The Fifth Estate in 2011? We’ve compiled a list of the Top 30 stories (below). It makes informative viewing. Top of the list was Job News. Of course. Gossip: what everyone else is doing in […]
On trigen, places for people, and better places for people who desperately need them 8 December 2011 – There’s a place we know called Fish on Fire. Great name. Well, the sustainable property industry is on fire.
6 December 2011 – Without clear guidelines liability for future climate change impacts may be unintentionally placed on the designer or planner of a project, a report on Australia’s major cities by Consult Australia has warned.
2 November 2011 – There are signs that some in the property sector may be outgrowing current sustainability ratings schemes, with several organisations signing up for certification programs that are pushing the sustainability boundaries further or that are recognised globally.
1 December 2011 – A Climate Commission report released on Wednesday predicts that without rapid action climate change will undermine society’s prosperity, health, stability and way of life and to minimise this risk the economy should move to clean energy sources by 2050. That means carbon emissions must peak within the next few years and […]
30 November 2011 – The developers of a planned ecovillage at Cape Paterson, 150 kilometres south east of Melbourne, claim that financial modelling shows residents could save $300,000 and shave eight years off a typical mortgage through 7.5 star construction and use of an electric car.
24 November 2011 “In 1960 we saw a change of paradigm – towards more automobile-centred cities,” Danish architect and urban designer Jan Gehl told the audience at the State of Green – Denmark Forum earlier this week. “In 2010 we saw another change of paradigm – towards more people-centred cities.” In Copenhagen, where Gehl is […]
23 November 2011 – When the news broke that the world’s highest profile multi-millionaire environmentalist was a US$30,000 annual utility bill shy of a carbon neutral lifestyle, even ardent fans of former US Vice-President Al Gore were a little shocked. Gore’s 20-room home and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours, more than 20 times the […]
10 November 2011 – Landcom has opened its second Eco-Living Display Home, Greencycle, one of three homes it is developing to promote sustainable building products and construction methods (see our earlier story on this)
8 November 2011 – The Federal Government today delivered a mammoth broadside of information on promises and plans for the introduction of the carbon price, to match the size of the reforms now under way.
By Peter Droege 7 November 2011– From his forthcoming book chapter Droege, P. (2011). Beyond Sustainability: Architecture in the Renewable City. In Crysler, C. Greig, Stephen Cairns and Hilde Heynen. Eds. Sage Handbook of Architectural Theory. Thousand Oaks, CA and London: Sage Publications. www.renewablecity.org New concepts enter architecture, landscape and urban design. Mitigation, adaptation, zero-emissions, […]
The ugliness myth, challenging new ratings schemes and a survey for our readers 2 November 2011 – The image here is beautiful, right? The recession-era throw-up job next to the Gold Rush Victorian era extravaganza is just plain ugly, right? Not according to Ivan Rijavec. Rijavec, in typical style, has thrown down the gauntlet on […]
By Suzette Jackson, HASSELL 2 November 2011 – The aim of the World Sustainable Building Conferences is to share leading knowledge, and find new solutions which enhance sustainable ways of living and working within built environments, while addressing new opportunities for improving the quality of life and mitigating effects of climate change.
20 October 2011 – The federal government’s latest installment of the yearly report, State ofAustralian Cities 2011, released today, devoted significant space to sustainability issues.
By Tina Perinotto
12 October 2011 – The Clean Energy package has sailed through the Lower House, Jillian Broadbent from the Reserve Bank has been appointed to head the new $10 billion Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Tony Abbott may not be able to repeal the carbon price as he claims. The consensus? An historic day.
Unstoppable green army, nasty unsociable media, Coburg project and more 7 October 2011 – Some wonderful news on the advancing army of green professionals: unstoppable, it seems. It is growing in confidence and numbers and now income. If all keeps travelling in this trajectory there will soon be a shortage, so educators be warned.
4 October 2011 – Stepping down as chair of the World Green Building Council Tony Arnel said he had seen a fringe green movement become a mainstream industry during his three year term. He is replaced by Rick Fedrizzi, president and chief executive officer of the US Green Building Council.
6 September 2011 – A new worldwide study of sustainable precincts commissioned by Sustainability Victoria has unearthed some of the drivers to the most successful sustainable communities.
By Joanne Taylor, Master of Architecture student UTS Sydney
29 September 2011 – People are still afraid of density. On the surface, density has developed a picture of itself; it has become synonymous with the characterless concrete high-rise apartments
20 September 2011 – Melbourne’s Carlton Eco Neighbourhood project which educates residents in sustainability issues will be launched on Friday 23 September. The project involves training 12 new residents in the Carlton Housing Redevelopment to become experts in the state-of-the art sustainability features of the new buildings at 522 Drummond St, 151 in Princes St and […]
By Tina Perinotto
1 September 2011 – It has taken 12 years from go to whoa, 3000 workers at various stages of construction, a meshing of ambitious design and new technology, a potentially lethal confrontation with an advancing global financial crisis, but at last the six star Green Star 1 Bligh Street Sydney, officially opened on Tuesday night in style.
31 August 2011 – Lord Mayor Clover Moore on Wednesday delivered a progress report on Sustainable Sydney 2030 at the Sydney Town Hall. Following is the text of that speech. Today, I want to tell you about our progress implementing Sustainable Sydney 2030. And importantly, we also want to hear from you about how we […]