2016 Autumn

Moving Office

Change in life is a constant. After 9 years in our office we found the landlord didn’t want to renew the lease this time around! I guess he had a better offer. So we’ve moved to the office next door. It happens to be more modern, bigger and nicer! We can still say “we are […]

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Industry Working Group

After a preliminary examination of the draft in the new code’s proposed changes to Section J, professionals from the commercial and multi-residential sustainable design and construction industries were alarmed.  They based their views on Section J – NCC 2016 Volume One Public Draft (V2) and formed a working group to critically analyse the document. Among

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What Is Possible?

Since 2007 the public/political debate around sustainability degenerated into polarized political positions which appear to be separated from reality.  Yet at an individual level people have the good sense to ignore the politics and get on with life. Adoption of solar PV systems has continued unabated with roof top systems contributing more than 3MW of

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Energy Master Planning

We typically see a lot of projects at Construction Certificate Stage and when we review the plans at this phase the design is finished. So often we say, “if only we had had a look at this at concept stage” because at that point you make decisions that save energy/money for the life of the building. There is no

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Preparing NABERS ratings and BEEC (Building Energy Efficiency Certificate) under the CBD Scheme has continued to be an active area of our work. We still receive many enquiries about it and going back through our newsletters we realised there are a number of articles regarding the subject. So for those of our readers wanting to brush-up, following are a

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Matthew Parnell

Our long term collaborator, Matthew Parnell, has moved to Melbourne and taken a position as Senior Lecturer and Coordinator, Master of Design Strategy + Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology. Matthew is still involved in consulting work but some aspects have changed. We are now looking after some of his clients in the general ESD

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Steam Engine Put To Work

About 18 months ago, a classic Marshall Britannia Steam Engine came out of storage in the hope of being steamed up and put to work. This Steam Engine was beautifully restored by one of our partners and is now nicknamed Antony’s Steam Engine. A group of steam and antique machinery enthusiasts in Maitland NSW, agreed

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Client Functions

Last year we started to host functions for our long term regular clients which gave us the opportunity to spend social time with them. We always appreciate the on-going support from our clients and the referrals we receive from their networks. Yet on a day to day basis it\’s hard to express our sincere gratitude. The first function

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