Green Building Proves its Worth to Australian Business

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Australia is again at the top of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

Green Building Proves its Worth to Australian Business

According to the latest Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), Australia is the world leader in green building.

 “Green building is the world’s fastest growing industry, and Australia is leading the charge,” says Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) chief executive, Romilly Madew.

Since 2009, the annual GRESB report has surveyed investors and analysed the sustainability of public, private, and direct real estate portfolios worldwide. Institutional investors use the report to evaluate and improve their portfolios. The 2014 survey included 56,000 buildings held by 637 property companies, with an aggregate value totaling US$2.1 trillion.

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Cairns Council Releases Guide to Tropical Home Design

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The Cairns Council recently published “Cool Homes—Smart Design for the Tropics”.

Cairns Council Releases Guide to Tropical Home Design

Architect and writer Steve Mouzon calls the recent era of homebuilding the “thermostat age” because buildings depend on machines for heating and cooling, rather than good design.

“Originally, before the Thermostat Age, the places we built and buildings we built had no choice but to be green, otherwise people would freeze to death in the winter, die of heat strokes by summer, starve to death, or other really bad things would happen to them,” he said.

That’s the magic of vernacular architecture, creating buildings optimized for a specific place.

As part of its Sustainable Building Design Policy, adopted in 2011, the Cairns Regional Council has recently published a guide titled Cool Homes—Smart Design for the Tropics. The 31-page guide aims to help homeowners create a comfortable, efficient, and sustainable home that uses the vernacular design features appropriate for a tropical climate.

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Multi-Family Passive Houses a Potential Boon for Australia

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Multi-family Passive Houses could serve densely populated Australian cities well.

Multi-Family Passive Houses a Potential Boon for Australia

According to research by the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), “energy use in buildings is responsible for 26 per cent of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and is the primary cause of peak energy demand on the electricity network.”

Furthermore, on particularly hot days, air conditioners in Australia can consume as much as 22 per cent of all the electricity generated across the nation.

Australia is one of the worlds’ most urbanised nations, with 89 per cent of residents living in cities. The stringent Passive House standard, though not yet much of a factor in Australia, offers the potential for multi-family housing that serves the continued demand for urban housing while drastically reducing energy consumption.

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