An Australian academic and expert in climate change science, policy and energy economics, Dr Ben McNeil published The Clean Industrial Revolution, Growing Australian Prosperity in a Greenhouse Age in May 2010. In the book, Dr McNeil argues that dwindling supplies of oil are prompting a new, clean industrial revolution that will end our reliance on carbon for good.
Aiming to be Australia's first green precinct, the A$2billion Fraser’s Broadway project combines world class social and environmental sustainability initiatives in what will be Sydney's largest urban regeneration project. The 5.8 hectare site, offering a mix of residential, commercial and retail spaces, will be the largest urban development in Australia to introduce on-site tri-generation. Incorporating Water Sensitive Urban Design (WUSD) principles, the project also aims to be water neutral.
Dr Sandy Bond provides an overview of recent research into drivers and barriers to sustainability in residential and commercial buildings in Australia and New Zealand.
Published data about the performance of green buildings in New Zealand post-occupancy is limited. Anecdotal evidence clearly demonstrates the value of green building practices for occupants, in terms of improved indoor environmental quality and decreased energy use.
How has the Australian commercial property market fared over the last 18 months and where is it now? Peter Verwer, Chief Executive of Property Council Australia (PCA), explains what is driving decision-making in Australia’s commercial property sector today and describes the impact of recent legislative changes. Peter talks about the latest innovations and the next big challenges for the Australian market. How will those challenges impact the New Zealand market and what should we look out for?
Globally, there are significant opportunities for the built environment to reduce its emissions profile. World Green Building Council Chief Executive Jane Henley provides insight on the latest sustainability initiatives in the building/construction sector, as well as an update on key global markets. Fresh from COP16 in Cancun, Mexico, Jane explains recent developments and how they will affect New Zealand.