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On why the feds need to listen harder

On why the feds need to listen harder

So, how’re we feeling here in built environment land after the federal budget on Tuesday? A bit battered and bruised, and maybe that, once again, this sector with the biggest, cheapest possible contributions to the net zero transition has yet again been mostly sidelined. There was a huge swivel of the arc lamp towards renewables under a clever jobs ...
25 years of sustainability excellence: NABERS + CBD Conference returns for its biggest year yet

25 years of sustainability excellence: NABERS + CBD Conference returns for its biggest year yet

Have you registered to attend the NABERS + CBD Conference on 14 June yet? Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from an array of leaders driving sustainability in the built environment at this free event. The conference returns in 2024 with the theme, ‘Building Momentum for a Sustainable Future’. This year celebrates 25 years of NABERS, providing an ...
Budget 2024-25: response highlights

Budget 2024-25: response highlights

There were winners and losers in the federal budget this week. Here are some of the response highlights from key groups in the built environment and sustainability. The Australian Conservation Foundation’s full list of allocations is posted at the end of this article. Australian Conservation Foundation Chief executive officer Kelly O’Shanassy said: ...
Mulpha buyers may qualify for green home loans

Mulpha buyers may qualify for green home loans

Commonwealth Bank, Bank Australia and Loans.com.au are the three banks that have agreed to offer buyers of apartments in Mulpha’s Norwest Quarter precinct in Sydney’s Hills district access to green home loans thanks to the higher sustainability profile. For buyers this means lower interest rates on their mortgage and higher loan to value ratios, ...
A tale of very different energy events

A tale of very different energy events

In a crazy week, Murray Hogarth is attending five energy or climate events over four days. In Sydney, there’s been the puzzling Navigating Nuclear on Monday, the  more mainstream Industrial Decarbonisation Summit on Tuesday, followed by the Energy Efficiency Council’s two-day annual national conference on Wednesday and Thursday. And that’s on top of ...
Chandler, Toohill & Westpac, Chris Buntine & Atelier Ten, Alistair Coulstock & TSA

Chandler, Toohill & Westpac, Chris Buntine & Atelier Ten, Alistair Coulstock & TSA

Chandler steps down and leaves a legacy that won’t be forgotten in a hurry New South Wales Building Commissioner David Chandler, who’s left an indelible mark on the building landscape in the state, is finally stepping down after five years in August. And what an impact he’s made: feared by the bad, loved by the good. And leaving in his wake a legacy ...
Why Gail Hall is the perfect co-moderator for the Extreme Green Infrastructure masterclass

Why Gail Hall is the perfect co-moderator for the Extreme Green Infrastructure masterclass

Gail Hall turns out to be the perfect co-moderator for the Extreme Green Infrastructure masterclass. She’s a planner, so she understands that the biggest barrier to better, more resilient infrastructure is often planning – which are rules and regulations made by people. And anything made by people should be changed by people, right? Her background is ...
Neil Savery on why the international push to decarbonise building and construction is urgent

Neil Savery on why the international push to decarbonise building and construction is urgent

It is vital that the building and construction sector continues to work towards decarbonisation. Decarbonisation of the building and construction sector is not new. It has often been at the forefront of policy and innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. Since the early 2000s, the Building Code of Australia (now part of the National ...
Neil Savery on why the international push to decarbonise building and construction is urgent.

Neil Savery on why the international push to decarbonise building and construction is urgent.

It is vital that the building and construction sector continues to work towards decarbonisation. Decarbonisation of the building and construction sector is not new. It has often been at the forefront of policy and innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. Since the early 2000s, the Building Code of Australia (now part of the National ...
Why Gaia is on a comeback and nature tech is booming

Why Gaia is on a comeback and nature tech is booming

VALUES TO VALUE: Tony Goldner executive director of the TNFD was in Australia recently. He says a community of data technology companies established to share insights on nature was expected to top out at 30 companies. Instead it’s now at more than 140 members. In Sydney Nathan Robertson-Ball’s series of events for corporates interested in nature is ...

On why the feds need to listen harder

On why the feds need to listen harder
So, how’re we feeling here in built environment land after the federal budget on Tuesday? A bit battered and bruised, and maybe that, once again, this sector with the biggest, cheapest possible contributions to the net zero transition has yet again been mostly sidelined. There was a huge swivel of the arc lamp towards renewables under a clever jobs ...

25 years of sustainability excellence: NABERS + CBD Conference returns for its biggest year yet

25 years of sustainability excellence: NABERS + CBD Conference returns for its biggest year yet
Have you registered to attend the NABERS + CBD Conference on 14 June yet? Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from an array of leaders driving sustainability in the built environment at this free event. The conference returns in 2024 with the theme, ‘Building Momentum for a Sustainable Future’. This year celebrates 25 years of NABERS, providing an ...

Budget 2024-25: response highlights

Budget 2024-25: response highlights
There were winners and losers in the federal budget this week. Here are some of the response highlights from key groups in the built environment and sustainability. The Australian Conservation Foundation’s full list of allocations is posted at the end of this article. Australian Conservation Foundation Chief executive officer Kelly O’Shanassy said: ...

Mulpha buyers may qualify for green home loans

Mulpha buyers may qualify for green home loans
Commonwealth Bank, Bank Australia and Loans.com.au are the three banks that have agreed to offer buyers of apartments in Mulpha’s Norwest Quarter precinct in Sydney’s Hills district access to green home loans thanks to the higher sustainability profile. For buyers this means lower interest rates on their mortgage and higher loan to value ratios, ...

A tale of very different energy events

A tale of very different energy events
In a crazy week, Murray Hogarth is attending five energy or climate events over four days. In Sydney, there’s been the puzzling Navigating Nuclear on Monday, the  more mainstream Industrial Decarbonisation Summit on Tuesday, followed by the Energy Efficiency Council’s two-day annual national conference on Wednesday and Thursday. And that’s on top of ...

Chandler, Toohill & Westpac, Chris Buntine & Atelier Ten, Alistair Coulstock & TSA

Chandler, Toohill & Westpac, Chris Buntine & Atelier Ten, Alistair Coulstock & TSA
Chandler steps down and leaves a legacy that won’t be forgotten in a hurry New South Wales Building Commissioner David Chandler, who’s left an indelible mark on the building landscape in the state, is finally stepping down after five years in August. And what an impact he’s made: feared by the bad, loved by the good. And leaving in his wake a legacy ...

Why Gail Hall is the perfect co-moderator for the Extreme Green Infrastructure masterclass

Why Gail Hall is the perfect co-moderator for the Extreme Green Infrastructure masterclass
Gail Hall turns out to be the perfect co-moderator for the Extreme Green Infrastructure masterclass. She’s a planner, so she understands that the biggest barrier to better, more resilient infrastructure is often planning – which are rules and regulations made by people. And anything made by people should be changed by people, right? Her background is ...

Neil Savery on why the international push to decarbonise building and construction is urgent

Neil Savery on why the international push to decarbonise building and construction is urgent
It is vital that the building and construction sector continues to work towards decarbonisation. Decarbonisation of the building and construction sector is not new. It has often been at the forefront of policy and innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. Since the early 2000s, the Building Code of Australia (now part of the National ...

Neil Savery on why the international push to decarbonise building and construction is urgent.

Neil Savery on why the international push to decarbonise building and construction is urgent.
It is vital that the building and construction sector continues to work towards decarbonisation. Decarbonisation of the building and construction sector is not new. It has often been at the forefront of policy and innovation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Australia. Since the early 2000s, the Building Code of Australia (now part of the National ...

Why Gaia is on a comeback and nature tech is booming

Why Gaia is on a comeback and nature tech is booming
VALUES TO VALUE: Tony Goldner executive director of the TNFD was in Australia recently. He says a community of data technology companies established to share insights on nature was expected to top out at 30 companies. Instead it’s now at more than 140 members. In Sydney Nathan Robertson-Ball’s series of events for corporates interested in nature is ...