DR MIREK PIECHOWSKI from Meinhardt Australia reveals how an improved investment outcome can be achieved when embarking on a sustainable refurbishment.
Now in its seventh year, last week’s Green Cities conference focused on sustainability within the built environment. JO LEEDER reports the highlights.
NINA JAMES from the New South Wales executive committee for Green Roofs Australasia discusses the incentives for green roofs and how the disincentives can be surmounted.
The first two Green Star – As Built ratings for industrial facilities are positive proof that industrial facilities can be truly sustainable, The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) believes.
ROBIN ARCHIBALD of UGL Services Beyond Green shares a simple, yet comprehensive carbon management framework that can be adopted to assist with managing carbon emissions.
Interface, which presented at Total Facilities 2012 on the subject, explains how to distinguish reliable green claims from fake ones and how to get a better understanding of the real environmental impacts.
How Sydney’s 1891-built Railway Institute Building was refurbished to become the second Heritage-listed building in Australia to achieve a five-star Green Star Office Interiors Rating is revealed by Total Facilities 2012 speaker, CLINTON SQUIRES of Interface.
Fresh Green Clean’s BRIDGET GARDNER uncovers how ISS achieved staff support for green cleaning.
How to tackle the obstacles to addressing environmental performance through best practice leases is noted by the Better Buildings Partnership.
Commercial cleaning consultant, BRIAN CLARK questions the long-term cost of operation and environmental impact of top loading versus front load washers, and shares what criteria to consider when choosing washing machines for communal laundries.
KEVIN KAMPSCHROER from the US General Services Administration divulges how the best value and highly improved performance was ensured when moving its portfolio toward high-performance green buildings.
The City of Sydney is on a green crusade. One policy in development will encourage roof gardens, which can reduce the energy required for aircon by about 30 percent. Another may see investment in sustainably-designed property become more profitable.
Environmental performance, efficiency, installation quality and running costs are key factors in selection of the most efficient and effective water-heating solution for multi-dwelling residential buildings. Consumption and wastage of water should also be part of the equation for determining the most suitable option.
A new development in Canberra’s CBD boasting geothermal heating and cooling systems, and integrated wastewater systems has become the pilot project for a new sustainability rating tool.
Whether going for a Green Star rating, or simply following green guidelines, the initial investment in greening industrial facilities is worth it, for both new builds and retrofits, says LAURA RABY of Ecolateral.