We look at five essential steps to reducing operational costs and save energy during the quieter months when education facilities and schools are empty or mostly empty. With summer in full swing, schools across the nation have almost two months before students return. Despite empty or mostly empty facilities, many schools often continue to use more energy than needed during the slower summer months.
We have heard this all before, but now there’s a study that proves cognitive function gets a boost from well-ventilated offices with lower than average levels of indoor pollutants and carbon dioxide.
The Circular Economy is a growing movement in business around the world; the concept is based on rethinking the current ‘take, make, dispose’ model where resources are used then sent to landfill. By recycling, repurposing or reusing instead, resources can be saved, and costs and energy reduced.
A recent report by the US Green Building Council shows that more and more large buildings are earning LEED certification. LEED—which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—is a suite of architectural metrics for things like energy and water conservation. These days, it’s the most common standard for designating a building as being environmentally friendly.
Australia and New Zealand continue to lead the world in sustainable real estate practices, according to the latest GRESB report.
Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Australia and New Zealand will launch a Trans-Tasman campaign in September to encourage businesses to buy products that carry the FSC label as part of the not-for-profit’s global certification scheme that rewards forest friendly growers, manufacturers and retailers.
Leading diversified property group Australand has once again raised the bar in the property sector after committing to achieve minimum five-star Green Star – Design & As Built ratings for all of its new industrial, commercial and retail projects.
Green and sustainability issues at the top of the list and the concerns of large facilities are always evolving, according to Ron Segura, president of Segura Associates in the United States.
Coles has achieved the first Green Star rating for a supermarket, with Coles Hallam in south east Melbourne awarded a 4 Star Green Star rating from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA). “Coles was determined to develop a ‘supermarket of the future’ – and in doing so, has set a new benchmark for sustainable supermarket design in Australia,” says the GBCA’s Chief Executive Officer, Romilly Madew.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australians are amongst the highest users of technology and e-waste is one of the fastest growing types of waste. Mobile phones, laptops, TVs and household appliances such as fridges, washing machines and microwaves all count as e-waste. While population density works in Australia’s favour, there’s a need to focus on how to handle e-waste properly.
WWF’s Australian headquarters, located in a former wool store in inner city Sydney, has been awarded a 5 Star Green Star rating by the Green Building Council of Australia for its interior space.
The new Faculty of Science and Graduate School of Health building, part of the University of Technology Sydney’s billion-dollar city campus master plan, has won a 6 Star Green Star Design rating by the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA).
The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) and the US-based Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) have partnered with an aim to showcase Australia’s certified green buildings and future possibilities to global investors and decision-makers.
Speaking at the GreenCities conference in Melbourne earlier this year, Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) chairman Jillian Broadbent (AO) said that integrated technology innovations are unlocking new opportunities for the property sector.