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    Building sustainability initiatives gather pace in Australia

    A new research report has found more than half (53%) of architecture, engineering, construction, design and manufacturing (AEC and D&M) companies surveyed indicated sustainability was an important part or c... more

  • Urban Sequoia

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    Urban Sequoia concept allows buildings to absorb carbon

    What if the built environment could be a solution to the climate crisis, rather than part of the problem? What if buildings could act like trees – capturing carbon, purifying the air, and regenerating the env... more

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    Melbourne CBD could be close to self-sustaining through fully integrated solar

    Net zero within reach for major Australian city through comprehensive adoption of photovoltaics in built environment. New modelling, on a scale ranging from individual structures through to neighbourhoods an... more

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    Shopping centre achieves five-star NABERS Energy Rating

    Coorparoo Square in Brisbane is officially one of Australia’s best performing shopping centres when it comes to energy efficiency, having achieved a five-star NABERS Energy rating. The centre was develope... more

  • Building sustainability initiatives gather pace in Australia
  • Melbourne CBD could be close to self-sustaining through fully integrated solar
  • Shopping centre achieves five-star NABERS Energy Rating
  • Populous designs first ever net zero carbon arena
Urban Sequoia

Urban Sequoia concept allows buildings to absorb carbon

What if the built environment could be a solution to the climate crisis, rather than part of the problem? What if buildings could act like trees – capturing carbon, purifying the air, and regenerating the environment? Taking inspiration from natural processes and ecosystems, Urban Sequoia envisions ‘forests’ of buildings that sequester carbon and produce biomaterials to create a new carbon economy and a resilient urban environment. At COP26, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) unveiled Urban Sequoia – a concept for buildings and their urban context to absorb carbon at an unprecedented rate. SOM has developed the first step toward achieving…
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Property industry to play critical role in the race to net zero

The Property Council of Australia has announced the important role the property industry will play in achieving net zero. Property Council’s NSW Director Luke Achterstraat said as New South Wales invests $4.8 million in speeding up the transformation of the State’s built environment towards net zero emissions, buildings play a major role in providing some of the least cost abatement opportunities in the economy. “Upgrading the energy efficiency of Australia’s commercial buildings would not only stimulate economic activity through inputs of local labour, it would also deliver an estimated $12 billion in energy savings between 2016 and 2030. “Since efficient…
Corporate climate activity

Global cement and concrete industry roadmap plans net zero emissions by 2050

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has published a roadmap which details the path the industry will follow to fully decarbonise by 2050, a target aligned with the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. The shift to greener concrete will be accelerated by the roadmap, which pledges to cut carbon dioxide emissions a further 25 per cent by 2030. Roadmap actions between now and 2030 will prevent almost five billion tonnes of carbon from entering the atmosphere, equivalent to the emissions of almost 15 billion passenger flights from Paris to New York. GCCA chief executive…
COP26

Global building leaders call for faster net-zero emissions transition ahead of COP26

The Australian Institute of Architects is joining more than two dozen global built environment peak bodies and over 60 of the largest and most influential building industry firms around the world to challenge government leaders in the lead up to COP26. Collectively these organisations represent more than one million building industry professionals worldwide and are responsible for over US$300 billion in global annual construction. In a special Communiqué they call for a faster transition to net-zero emissions. Signatories to the Communiqué demonstrate their commitment to meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5oC carbon budget and demand that governments do the same. Spearheaded by US-based non-profit…
Cement and concrete

Cement and concrete industry targets net zero by 2050

Australia’s cement and concrete industry has declared its ambition to deliver net zero carbon cement and concrete to Australian society by 2050. In a statement released jointly by Cement, Concrete & Aggregates Australia (CCAA) and the Cement Industry Federation (CIF), the industry has committed to working towards decarbonising cement and concrete in the construction supply chain. Concrete is the world’s most widely used building and construction material and is vital to securing a resilient built environment that is sustainable for life. With demand for durable and sustainable housing as well as public infrastructure expected to rise strongly in response to…
Moremac establishes first-of-its-kind community-led Sustainability Fund

Moremac establishes first-of-its-kind community-led Sustainability Fund

Victorian developer Moremac has established a first of its kind community Sustainability Fund at its Sunbury residential development project Kingsfield. To be known as Kingsfield Sustainability Fund Inc., the fund is designed to unite local minds and inject sustainable initiatives into the community through a collaborative, grass-roots model. The Fund has been established to provide a framework for the Kingsfield community to hold money and property to be used for eco-friendly initiatives such as electric car charging stations, solar battery sites, revegetation areas and community gardens. With major businesses like Origin Energy and Green Sky Australia onboard as partners, Director…
Green finance gives Walker buildings star power

Green finance gives Walker buildings star power

Walker Corporation has made its six star commercial assets even more sustainable with new green loans for Parramatta Square in Sydney and Collins Square in Melbourne. Walker Corporation Executive Chairman, Lang Walker, said sustainability is at the core of the company’s ethos. “We are proud to have our flagship commercial buildings in Parramatta and Melbourne leading the way in environmental standards which gives us access to the green finance market,” Mr Walker said. “3 and 4 Parramatta Square have extended the terms of their green finance loans while Collins Square has now converted its existing loan into a green loan.”…