The Green Building Council of Australia’s (GBCA) Green Star rating saw a 43 percent increase in certifications in the last year, with 150 projects during 2014 compared to 105 in 2013. The increase is evident of the property and construction industry’s continuous shift towards sustainability.
171 Collins Street is the first premium building and the second largest Victorian building to receive the 6 Star Green Star – Office As Built v2 certified rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
Greenhouse gases like methane and nitrous oxide, which are emitted in large quantities by agriculture, landfills, mines, refineries, power plants and factories, result in significant damage to the environment.
In an attempt to lead the way to meet the city’s goal of zero net emissions by 2020, the City of Melbourne has established a group of large energy users, who are interested in testing a new approach to drive investment in renewable energy.
This is the National Recycling Week (10-16 November) in Australia and it is an appropriate time for everyone to ponder over the impact (or the lack of it thereof) of recycling technological equipment.
The efforts of many members of the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) have been recognised at the 2014 Green Globe Awards – an event celebrating environmental excellence, leadership and innovation in New South Wales.
The Biofuels Association of Australia’s (BAA) annual conference entitled ‘A New Energy for Biofuels’ is aimed to provide a forum for education and debate on biofuels. The conference will be held in Sydney on 31 October 2014.
Library at The Dock is a revolutionary addition to Melbourne’s skyline, setting new environmental benchmarks for future developments and acting as a centrepoint for the Docklands neighbourhood.
Patrons at this year’s Splendour in the Grass event near Bryon Bay will be the first to experience a new state-of-the-art, waterless and low-odour composting toilet.
From 1 July, businesses will be hit with an 11.5 to 14.3 percent increase on power bills due to the rise in regulated electricity tariffs. Queensland Watt Savers is a free energy efficiency program created to help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) and community organisations in south-east Queensland reduce their energy use.
A technical advance based on an edible salt could revolutionalise solar power.
The conclusions of a new meta-analysis of the systemic pesticides neonicotinoids and fipronil (neonics) – the most widely used pesticides in the world – confirm that they are causing significant damage to a wide range of beneficial invertebrate species and are a key factor in the decline of bees.
The 2015 Milan Expo will include a pavilion with an air-cleaning façade designed by Rome-based architectural practice Nemesi & Partners.
The City of Melbourne has announced energy rebates of up to $3000 to help established apartment buildings reduce their energy emissions and power bills in common areas.
A new initiative aims to take 25 years of research into energy-saving that is currently buried in journals and papers and create tangible practical tools for the design and construction industries.