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Planning incentives could drive greener builds

The Property Council of Australia and the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) are calling for sustainability-driven planning incentives and reforms to facilitate the rapid development of energy-efficient new buildings. The organisations have released the state and territory level version of the Every Building Counts report. It outlines a series of policy recommendations, centred on […]

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Practical guide to reducing upfront carbon

The Green Building Council of Australia and Lendlease have released a practical guide to reduce upfront carbon emissions in new buildings and major refurbishments. The authors note that 25 per cent of a typical building’s emissions can be attributed to the products and materials used during construction, and the construction processes themselves. These emissions can’t […]

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New guide to electrifying existing buildings

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has released A Practical Guide to Electrification for Existing Buildings. Developed in partnership with Cundall and with funding from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) and NSW government, the guide provides a step-by-step outline of how to retrofit an existing building to be all-electric. It covers the types […]

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Romilly Madew moves to Engineers Australia

Engineers Australia has announced Romilly Madew AO as its new CEO, following the retirement of Dr Bronwyn Evans in May. Madew was appointed CEO of Infrastructure Australia in early 2019, and before that was CEO of the Green Building Council of Australia for 13 years. In acknowledgment of her contribution to Australia’s sustainable building movement, […]

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Finding a fast path to decarbonising building operations

The Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC) has released a discussion paper titled Rapid and Least Cost Pathways for Decarbonising Building Operations, and is calling for input into the next phase of the project. ASBEC plans to map out a pathway for fully decarbonised building operations. It will take into consideration the least cost pathways […]

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Government must lead the way on energy efficiency

A new guide, Best practice for energy management in government operations, provides advice to help governments put in place policies and programs that will drive systematic energy performance improvements in their own operations. The guide has been developed by the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC), the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC), the Green Building Council […]