Focus on IEQ should begin in schools


There is a huge focus on improving indoor environment quality in our offices, but what about education facilities, especially those in Australia? Findings in Australia have revealed that while office buildings target levels of CO2 at 650 ppm, students in Australian schools are exposed to CO2 levels beyond 3,000 ppm. 

New NABERS Indoor Environment tool launched


The NABERS National Administrator today announced that the much anticipated upgrades to their NABERS Indoor Environment (IE) tool have been released, and are now available to building owners and tenants across Australia as part of a pilot.

Commissioning HVAC systems


The proper commissioning
of HVAC systems represents one of the quickest and most cost-effective opportunities to increase energy efficiency. How to grasp these opportunities is explained by Lasath Lecamwasam of GHD Canberra.

Government energy saving information and programs

energy saving programs

Energy saving information and programs for business in Australia are constantly evolving due to new technology and, most especially, changes in government policy and funding.  The following is just some of the national initiatives currently available, and in development, as at mid-year 2014.

Funding boost for green property upgrades


In a boost for those undertaking ‘green’ commercial property upgrades, $80 million in funding for Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) has been committed by The Australian Environmental Upgrade Fund (TAEUF).

8.5% reduction in electricity portfolio-wide


Since 2011, Investa has reduced its electricity intensity by 8.5 percent and its greenhouse gas emission intensity by 10 percent through building management a number of tenant incentives.

Water scarcity: Mitigating the risk

Save water

PAUL ANGUS, hydraulic engineering team leader at WSP Sydney, discusses the merits of creating a water strategy to mitigate the risks of water scarcity and to take advantage of the vast water conservation opportunities available.