Education News

ARBS to fund diploma in sustainable design

The ARBS Education and Research Foundation has announced a grant of $39,000 to the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) to assist in the development of a Professional Diploma in Energy-Efficient Sustainable HVAC. The diploma will consist of four key units of competence: Compliance with energy and sustainable codes of practice Energy […]


New CEO for Sustainability Victoria

Claire Ferres Miles has been appointed CEO for Sustainability Victoria. A government entity, Sustainability Victoria supports Victorian businesses and communities to reduce waste, act on climate change, improve recycling, and to use resources wisely. In the past it has offered funds for HVAC upgrades and run refrigeration masterclasses around the state. “All Victorians are seeking […]

NABERS annual report

NABERS marches on

NABERS’ 2018–2019 annual report shows that it continues to gain momentum as a force for sustainable transformation of Australia’s built environment. The report provides updates on the many initiatives under the NABERS banner, with positive news all round. One of the highlights has been the uptake of the scheme in shopping centres around the country. […]

Events and conferences

ASHRAE seeks papers on efficient building design

ASHRAE is calling for papers for the Fourth International Conference on Efficient Building Design. The conference is being held on October 1–2, 2020, at the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. The focus of the fourth ASHRAE Beirut Conference is on novel building technologies that enhance environmental quality in buildings. The conference will present advanced research on […]


NABERS sets ambitious new targets

The National Australian Built Environment Rating System (NABERS) has published a new five-year plan for 2019–2023. It contains some ambitious goals. NABERS is a national government initiative to measure and compare the environmental performance of Australian buildings and tenancies. Since its inception, the program and its well-known star system has clocked up some impressive numbers. […]


Davina Rooney named GBCA chief executive

Davina Rooney will join the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) as the organisation’s new chief executive officer. Rooney replaces Romilly Madew. Boasting a civil engineering background, Rooney was most recently in a senior sustainability position at property group Stockland. “Davina is a well-known and highly respected leader in our sector, and we are delighted […]


Cooling as a service pegged as ‘top idea’ of 2019

The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance has selected cooling as a service (CaaS) as one of the top six green investment ideas for 2019. CaaS involves end-users paying for the cooling they receive, rather than the physical product or infrastructure that delivers it. A technology provider installs and maintains the cooling equipment and recovers […]

Events and conferences

DFC looks to a ‘regenerative’ future

The Design Futures Council (DFC) has announced a leadership summit on sustainable design and ecological stewardship. The summit will take place in Sydney on March 28–29. Titled Towards a Regenerative Future, the event will pull together a “unique range of action-oriented, inspirational and aspirational stories, from global leaders from across the spectrum of architecture, engineering, […]