Monthly Archives: November 2011

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Graduation Ceremony Speaker

Professor Deo Prasad is delivering his Address entitled ” Challenges of Practice in a Low Carbon Future” to the engineering and BE graduates at the 2011 Graduation Ceremony.

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Zero Energy Buildings

Professor Deo Prasad from UNSW’s Faculty of Built Environment on the technological, social and political initiatives that will lead to buildings with a minimal carbon footprint.

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World in Transition – A Social Contract for Sustainability

In this report, the WBGU explains the reasons for the desperate need for a post-fossil economic strategy, yet it also concludes that the transition to sustainability is achievable, and presents ten concrete packages of measures to accelerate the imperative restructuring. If the transformation really is to succeed, we have to enter into a social contract for innovation, in the form of a new kind of discourse between governments and citizens, both within and beyond the boundaries of the nation state. 

For a full report, please download from the following link:

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Top five environmental concerns for nations

Ipsos has conducted an online omnibus survey 2nd -14th February 2011. Respondents were asked what are the three most important environmental issues facing your country today?

It is interesting to see how countries differ.

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Sustainable urban and building solutions from Finland

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State of Australian Cities 2011

Residents of Australia’s major cities are using less electricity, leaving their car in garage more often in favour of catching public transport, producing less household waste and raising children who are staying at home until an older age.

Those are a few of the trends detailed in the State of Australian Cities 2011 report which has been released recently.  This latest report has provided a comprehensive analysis of the progress and performance of the nation’s 18 biggest cities.

You can download the report from the link below:

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Life cycle GHG inventories

A  list of available third party databases, compiled by the World Resource Institute, can assist users in collecting data for product life cycle and corporate value chain (scope 3) GHG inventories. A summary of each source – including data formats, accessibility, content, and transparency information – is available by clicking on the database link. The list is not exhaustive and the inclusion of a database in this list does not constitute an endorsement by the GHG Protocol.

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EnergyWise Design Workshops

Energy Efficiency is one of the most important strategies that any country, state, city or private entity can undertake to combat climate change. Understanding how a building consumes energy is very important to identify how we can conserve.

As Architects, Designers and Engineers, we have a tremendous opportunity to impact.

Achieving energy efficiency starts with understanding why and how a building consumes energy.

Here are some free online workshops that dissected high performance building design. Topics include Climate and comfort, Basic energy analysis, lighting design, HVAC design, and some more.

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Australia: Clean Energy Bill 2011 passed: The carbon price has landed

The House of Representatives last week passed the Clean Energy Bill 2011 along with 17 other bills which together make up the legislative framework for the Clean Energy Future Plan.

The legislation establishes the framework for a Carbon Price Mechanism (CPM) and looks destined for commencement by July 2012 assuming support in the Senate.

The CPM introduces sweeping, economy-wide reforms. Businesses should now be considering the new legislation and how it may affect their operations.

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