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ARC welcomes guidelines for managing emissions

The Australian Refrigeration Council (ARC) has applauded the release of the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Victoria’s draft guidelines for managing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for public consultation. “EPA Victoria’s release of these draft guidelines demonstrates a growing emphasis on the role we all play in the protection of our environment and broader community health from […]

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AIRAH releases inaugural Resilience Checklist

AIRAH has released the inaugural version of its AIRAH Resilience Checklist. A resource aimed at improving the resilience of the built environment, the checklist provides considerable information on how buildings can be made more resilient in order to survive a world impacted by climate change. “The 2021 IPCC climate change report highlighted that Australia will […]

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Subject matter experts needed for Gas Training Package

With the Gas Supply Industry Skills project having commenced, the Gas Industry Reference Committee is forming a Technical Advisory Committee. The committee is now seeking expert input. “Your industry expertise and insight is welcome to help review and develop five qualifications and 69 Units of Competency in the Gas Supply Training Package,” says Australian Industry […]

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Australia’s first zero emissions leisure and aquatic centre announced

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has allocated up to $1.53 million in funding for Brimbank City Council’s mooted zero emissions indoor leisure and aquatic centre. To be located in Melbourne’s west and making use of an $8.1 million integrated energy system, the facility will be an Australian first. The aquatic centre is part of […]

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500 Collins Street achieves Platinum WELL certification

The Melbourne CBD office tower at 500 Collins Street has become the first existing building in Australia to earn WELL Certification at the Platinum level, the International WELL Building Institute’s highest rating. Completed in 1973, 500 Collins Street is a 26-storey tower featuring approximately 26,000m2 of net lettable area comprising an office tower with a […]

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Infrastructure Australia updates Assessment Framework

Infrastructure Australia has published new guidelines for the development and assessment of major infrastructure proposals. Infrastructure Australia says the 2021 Assessment Framework is a contemporary approach to guide infrastructure decision-making in Australia. “It provides clear and concise instructions on how to develop strong business cases and aims to streamline approval processes,” the organisation says of the framework. […]

Howard Springs quarantine facility in the NT
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Purpose-built quarantine facilities a must for every state

Australian governments must construct purpose-built COVID-19 quarantine facilities in every state regardless of the nation’s progress with vaccinations. So argues leading epidemiologist at UNSW Sydney, Professor Mary-Louise McLaws, who says the buildings could be constructed relatively quickly and cheaply as modular structures using prefabricated components. Although the federal government has now agreed to fund a […]