The future of sustainability in Australia?

What will Australia’s carbon emissions policies look like come end of 2013?  Earlier this year, President Barack Obama released a National Climate Action Plan signalling the US had entered a deliberate new phase in global emissions reduction…

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Global recognition for Melbourne’s buildings

The City of Melbourne has received one of ten prestigious international awards for the Sustainable Buildings Program, which promotes energy efficiency in new and existing buildings.  Twenty nine other cities, including Berlin and New York,…

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Record EUA deal signed in Melbourne

The latest Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) signed in Melbourne demonstrates the power of the innovative finance mechanism. The owners of former Ansett building at 499-501 Swanston Street have signed off on a $7 million environmental

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The secret to Melbourne’s future

AECOM’s Blue Book event heard from Australia’s big thinkers. Originally published on AECOM’s Australia & New Zealand website 9th July 2013. Re-published with permission. AECOM’s Blue Book event at Melbourne’s RMIT Swanston Academic Building hosted some of…

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The benefits beyond the Green Star

In the following guest post, Orjan Lundberg, Executive Director of Green Buildings Certification shares how the benefits of the Green Star go far beyond the certification itself. The Value of Green Star: A decade of…

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Office building market: collaborate to win

In our first guest blog post, AECOM’s Michael Skelton sheds some light on the opportunities identified in Victoria’s office building market. We are witnessing an explosion in the use of data to justify decision making….

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Tenant demand is key to ‘greening’ Australia’s buildings

Within Australia there is a growing understanding that collaboration with tenants drives superior commercial outcomes for both landlords and tenants, and with an EUA now enabling this collaboration in environmental building upgrades financed using an…

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Q&A on Environmental Upgrade Finance

Following on from our post on the retrofit finance event Madgwicks Lawyers and engineering firm, AECOM hosted with City of Melbourne and Sustainable Melbourne Fund, below is a series of Q&A that were discussed by speakers and audience members. Speakers…

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The #1 barrier to green buildings is finance

In a rare opportunity to discuss the ins and outs of finance for environmental building upgrades, AECOM and Madgwicks Lawyers co-hosted an event with City of Melbourne and Sustainable Melbourne Fund this month. Speakers included Ed Brown and Anne…

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We need your vote!

Sustainable Melbourne Fund’s CEO, Scott Bocskay, has been nominated for a WME Leaders List award among a worthwhile line up of environment and sustainability champions within Australian organisations. Australia’s leading environment business publisher, WME Magazine, has…

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