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GBCA Vacancy – Technical Coordinator

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The Sustainability Services Team at the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) have two vacancies for a Technical Coordinator.

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How to apply
Closing date for applications: COB Friday 2 October 2015
Please email your covering letter and resume addressed to Catherine Andon, HR & Operations Manager to catherine.andon@gbca.org.au

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Better Buildings Partnership – Internship Opportunities

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Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) is offering internship opportunities in specific projects to give students from the Master in Sustainable Development – UNSW ownership and focus on practical work-streams in the following areas:

– Waste from Fitout – The BBP recognises a large amount of waste currently goes to landfill from churn of tenancy fitouts. We have commissioned research on the most wasteful materials and what potential futures they could have (reusing, recycling or upcycling) before landfill, and are conducting trials on matching social enterprise with market-creators in this space. We are keen to have a student passionate about materials, interior design, and with a bit of an engineering/architecture twist to champion this stream. In the next year we are looking to run a design competition for finding the best and most market-ready opportunities for high-impact materials and continuing trials to prove best practice.

– Data and Trends – The BBP captures raw consumption data (emissions, energy, waste, water) and building attributes (age, size, ratings, value, etc) for over 2.5 million sqm of space in the Sydney CBD. This data is used for trending and analysis, league tables and targeted research on the value of buildings and performance. We would like a data-hungry student who knows systems like Microsoft Excel very well and can identify and understand trends in large tracts of data.

– Operational Waste – BBP members spend large amounts on waste leaving their buildings for recycling and landfill, with very limited controls and best practice observed by contractors and building managers. A large piece of work will be completing outlining best contracts, grading of waste practices and conversions from densities to weights for reporting purposes. Alongside finalization of this work, we will begin to embed the learning and outputs into industry practice (training courses, presentations, written articles, case studies) and would like someone keen on learning how to influence industry with new tools.

Anyone looking for work experience and interested in volunteering some time with exposure to a highly commercial, council, and industry setting please contact Ben Thomas (an alumnus himself of Sustainable Development program) noting what project you are keen to champion and what piques your interest about it. Please attach a copy of your CV.

Contact: Ben Thomas
bthomas@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au
http://www.sydneybetterbuildings.com.au

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The Property Congress 2014 – A Special offer for students under 30

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Are you, or do you know a full time student 30 or under that would benefit from networking with property leaders? Here is the opportunity to take a journey through the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the property industry’s elite annual conference The Property Congress.

Students save $1,051 with the discounted Student rate of $999

Student rate includes:

  • Day 1 Conference Sessions
  • The Senses Masquerade Dinner Party
  • Day 2 Conference Sessions
  • Wild Encounters Networking Party @ Taronga Zoo

To access the Student rate you will be required to upload a scanned image of your driver’s license or proof of age card during the registration process.

Click here to access the Student rate. Limited places are available so don’t miss out!

For further information visit www.thepropertycongress.com.au or contact The Property Congress Concierge, Jessica Beard on concierge@propertyoz.com.au or (02) 9033 1900.

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First AIA Sustainability meeting for 2014‏

A friendly reminder of tomorrow evenings first meeting of 2014 and a little more inspiration for the budding filmmaker within…
 
 
The first AIA sustainability meeting is in one week – Wednesday 12th Feb at 5:30pm
 
This time it’s different:
You will recall we have an exciting new direction for 2014.  Accordingly we need you to be ready for something different at our first meeting.

As you know we will be making short video clips on the topic of sustainability and the built environment through the year. We aim to make three. Their success will be how widely they will be forwarded and we aim for a viral vid.  We aim to elegantly capture an idea and communicate it. For a great overview, have a look at: www.epipheo.com
 
The first sustainability meeting for 2014 is Feb the 12th and at this meeting will be starting our ‘pitches’ – this is where we each get a maximum of two minutes to pitch an idea to the rest of the group about what video we make this year. 
 
How do I pitch?:
There are lots of ways to do this and, in short, there are no rules.
–     you could read a script as though you were a narrator
          you could describe what we would see
          you could write a paragraph of text
          you can present still images/PowerPoint to help structure it
          you could describe the issue with a loose idea & see if the group wants to pursue it
          you can throw minties and promise us all fame and wealth
 
How will we choose?
We are nothing if not democratic, and accordingly we will vote.  Your pitch(es?) idea(s) need to be on the topic of sustainability, to be memorable, to encourage people to forward it and to be do-able.  Too easy!
 
Examples?
there are heaps of examples… many bad, some good.  see the list below
 
What now?

We need everyone to come with a minimum of ONE IDEA, so start thinking + writing down your thoughts.  We will have a laptop available for any e-presentation pitches (bring yr USB).  Bring your best ideas,ready to pitch on Wednesday Feb the 12that 5:30pmatTusculum.

When: Wednesday, 12 February 2014, 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
Where: Tusculum, 3 Manning Street. Potts Point

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Order of Australia (AO) awarded to Scientia Professor Deo Prasad

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Congratulations to Scientia Professor Deo Prasad (CEO, CRC for Low Carbon Living) who received an Order of Australia (AO) on Australia day 2014.

This is a wonderful recognition of his leadership in the field of sustainable development.

To read more about Deo’s award, visit: http://bit.ly/1dYMOV8

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ABSA Needs Help on interesting topics

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Association of Building Sustainability Assessors trying to expand ABSA’s library of CPD webinars and moving away from the usual “how to” topics and develop more technical webinars targeted at highly experienced and already knowledgeable assessors. Are you or someone you know who might be working on appropriate topics who might be able to help ABSA? What is normally done is get the expert to put together a simple Powerpoint slide show then ABSA captures a voice recording of them explaining the slides and merge the two into an MP4 recording for publication. The sorts of topics ABSA is thinking about are:

  • Energy modelling of modular housing and pre-fab apartments.
  • Zero energy design – 10 star and beyond.
  • Building information modelling for residential buildings.
  • Solar thermal airconditioning for residential.
  • Using NatHERS tools in “non-rating” mode to enhance design.
  • Post construction testing and verification methods for residential.
  • Modelling phase change materials – solid-to-solid.
  • Building integrated photo voltaics.
  • Solar/distributed power communities.

Any ideas or contacts you could pass on would be most appreciated. For more information contact:

Rodger Hills

Chief Executive Officer

Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA)

t: 1300 889 438  |   f: (02) 9212 1468 e: R.Hills@absa.net.au

www.absa.net.au 

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Invitation to Workshop: Progress on Green Buildings – China-Australia

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The CRC for Low Carbon Living is hosting representatives from the Beijing Municipal Commission. We see this is a great opportunity to host a workshop focusing on Green buildings and carbon initiatives in Australia and China (with particular focus on Beijing City)

Where: LG03, Tyree Energy Technologies Building, University of New South Wales

When: Wednesday 11th December, 9.30am – 12.30pm

Presentations include:

‘Research underpinning a globally competitive green buildings sector’

– Prof Deo Prasad – CEO, CRC for Low Carbon Living

Action on Green Building’

– Dr Lurong Li – Deputy Division Director, Building Energy Saving and Building Materials Management Division, Beijing Municipal Commission of Housing and Urban-Rural Development

‘Greening buildings – City of Sydney’ (TBC)

– Chris Derksema – Director of Sustainability, City of Sydney

‘AECOM Sustainable Design Capability’

– Lester Partridge – Technical Director and Global Leader of Advanced Design and Applied Research, AECOM

‘Delivering a six star building at Shelley Street’

– Warwick Johnson –Director NSW and QLD,  Brookfield Multiplex –

‘Changing Perspective’

– Brett Pollard – Head of Knowledge and Sustainability, HASSELL

The presentations will be followed by a tour of the Tyree Energy Technologies Building, a 6-star energy rated building.

Please RSVP to Maria Schwensen (m.schwensen@unsw.edu.au) by Monday 9th December.

Click here for a map of the UNSW Campus. Tyree Energy and Technologies Building is H6 on map.

Parking:

Paid parking is available in  UNSW Western Services car park and Barker St Parking Station (Buildings G2 and N18 on Map) or there is an abundance of on-street parking nearby.

Transport:

There is regular and various public transport options to the campus (see http://www.transport.unsw.edu.au).

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