After a two-year pilot period, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has released the Green Star – Public Building v1 rating tool.
Standards Australia has just upgraded the performance requirements for cyclone-rated glazing. If your building is in a cyclone-affected region, now is the time to assess the structure’s realistic capacity to withstand a super storm, warns JOHN POWER.
Workplace drug testing in safety sensitive industries creates a safe working environment, minimises risk and provides accident-related cost savings. Oral fluid drug testing is now available as well as urine testing.
Advice on how to select a quality LED is provided by BRYAN DOUGLAS, chief executive officer of the Lighting Council Australia.
As electricity costs soar and ever-higher comfort levels are expected by building users, the replacement of old glazing systems with superior modern products makes more sense than ever. JOHN POWER explores the issues surrounding glass and glazing retrofits.
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.
Due to the new harmonised National Workplace Health and Safety regulations what is required to obtain an Asbestos Removal Licence has changed.
OLIVIER ALLARD from ADMS Technologies explains the singular perspective and the unique key performance indicators (KPIs) of a building owner, a property/facilities manager, a design engineer, a commissioning agent and a field technician.
Solar panels, carbon neutral operations and a comprehensive suite of energy efficient equipment initiatives gave Sydney businesses the winning edge at the CitySwitch Green Office Awards for office energy efficiency.
A new rating tool to assess the interior fitout of any building type has been launched by the Green Building Council of Australia.
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.
The latest Global Sustainability Perspective report from Jones Lang LaSalle shows a maturation of the green building industry’s ability to achieve and measure increased cash flows and value, as well as reduce environmental impacts, but also finds that although more capital is available for energy retrofits and renewable energy installations, financing options are being avoided.
After only one year, the Empire State Building’s energy efficiency retrofit has saved US$2.4 million and made the building 20 percent more energy efficient. Johnson Controls’ CLAY NESLER reveals how this was achieved.
An IP surveillance certification has been launched by Axis Communications Academy.
How can the transition from traditional to green cleaning be done successfully? BRIDGET GARDNER of Fresh Green Clean shares a case study that shows how to mitigate the risks of introducing green cleaning.