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Vicinity Centres and Mirvac celebrated for sustainability achievements

Vicinity Centres and Mirvac celebrated for sustainability achievements | Facility management | Scoop.it
Vicinity Centre’s giant solar energy program has won it the People’s Choice award at this year’s Property Council of Australia/Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards.
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"The EY Centre at 200 George Street, developed and constructed by Mirvac and owned by AMP Capital and the Mirvac Property Trust, won the award for Best Sustainable Development – New Building.

The building has an automated facade that can adjust to control heat and light in what it claims is an Australian first. 

It’s also 100 per cent illuminated with LED lighting, and has achieved 6 Star Green Star ratings for design, construction and operational performance, as well as a 5.5 Star NABERS Energy rating and Australia’s first WELL Gold rating for Mirvac’s tenancy. 

The company’s purpose-built offices for the Department of Health and Ageing in Canberra was also recognised for its sustainability credentials, winning the CEFC Award for Best Sustainable Development – Existing Buildings." 

"The building is the first in Australia to achieve a “six- star ratings sweep”, with 23 Furzer Street achieving six-star NABERS Energy, NABERS Water and Green Star – Performance ratings."

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Growing Demand to Boost Build-to-Rent

Growing Demand to Boost Build-to-Rent | Facility management | Scoop.it

“Amid a backdrop of high housing costs, and a growing rental population, BTR developments are expected to gain more momentum in key locations, particularly Sydney and Melbourne.”

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Innovation's Changing Mindset: Where Are You?

Innovation's Changing Mindset: Where Are You? | Facility management | Scoop.it
Don’t be too dazzled by devices, the real changes taking place in innovation are in mindsets rather than hardware. How well prepared are you and your organization?
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From outside-in, experience driven innovation to 'where is the data' and on to 'co-creating with others' this article by Professor of Innovation Management at the International Institute of Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, and co-director of the IMD/MIT-Sloan Driving Strategic Innovation program, Bill Fischer, espouses the driving principles for innovation that we use. Previously, the Executive President and Dean of CEIBS (the China-European International Business School) in Shanghai (1997-1999) and co-author of "Reinventing Giants," "The Idea Hunter" and "Virtuoso Teams" Fischer is renowned for helping organisations and CEOs develop the innovation mindset.

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$120,000 defamation payout is a strata shocker

$120,000 defamation payout is a strata shocker | Facility management | Scoop.it
Angry at what happens in the management of your building? Be careful how you express it because as this NSW court case shows, it can cost you.
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A good lesson as to why you should always be very careful what you say in public (or in an email) ....

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Aqualand, Develotek Partner for 600 Apartment Chatswood Project

Aqualand, Develotek Partner for 600 Apartment Chatswood Project | Facility management | Scoop.it
Sydney-based Aqualand has partnered with local developer Develotek Property Group to deliver 600 apartments in Sydney's lower north shore.
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Aqualand and Develotek Property Group will build four apartment buildings to deliver more than 600 apartments and around 10,000sq m of commercial and retail space across four separate prime sites in Chatswood.


With “dedicated community assets including open space, multiple pedestrian links, heritage restoration, enhanced public domain landscaping and road widening”, developers will also retain a number of apartments for “key workers in the area, including school teachers, health care and emergency service employees”. Albert Avenue will receive a community space including “heritage restoration, vegetation enhancement, pedestrian links, public domain improvements”.


The Chatswood site is well setup for transport, employment, retail and residential opportunities. The Sydney Metro Northwest rapid transit link to the north-western suburbs, including the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link, is now open. Furthermore, the line from Chatswood, under Sydney Harbour to the CBD and onto Sydenham and Bankstown, is scheduled to be opened by 2024.


Since 2014 Aqualand has been innovative  in the Australian market and has “generated a portfolio of 18 sites, including the $2.6 billion Central Barangaroo project and the $850 million Blue at Lavender Bay development at Milsons Point, with its total gross development value sitting around $5 billion”.

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Light, Music & Ideas Festival

Light, Music & Ideas Festival | Facility management | Scoop.it
The official Vivid Sydney website. Vivid Sydney is where art, technology and commerce intersect. Vivid Sydney 2019 will be held from 24th May - 15th Jun 2019.
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Vivid Sydney - lights were switched on just minutes ago. In its 11th year, there will be 23 days of light and 2.2 million visitors. Just amazing!

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Grow your own city – vertical forests take off

Grow your own city – vertical forests take off | Facility management | Scoop.it
Milan’s Il Bosco Verticale (the Vertical Forest) is a high rise building populated by people and trees. It is the first of a new concept of building in cities being…
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There are plans for similar vertical forest buildings not only in European cities but also in China. In the Chinese cities such as Nanjing and Liuzhou. The new 'forest city' of Liuzhou consists of tree-covered houses, hospitals, schools and office blocks over a 15 million square-foot site – a proper regenerative city.

A “forest city” in China will host more than 30,000 inhabitants. When mature it will be nearly impossible to distinguish the urban centre from the green area surrounding it.

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The Largest Development in US History Opens with $280m Art Installation

The Largest Development in US History Opens with $280m Art Installation | Facility management | Scoop.it
New York’s largest development to date; the Hudson Yards officially opened on Friday.
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The centrepiece of the 28-acre project is a US$200 million climbable public art piece, temporarily known as 'Vessel': The public will be asked to name the structure based on their experience. The 46-metre-tall bronzed steel-and-concrete structure, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, is made up of 154 intricately interconnected flights of stairs, that lead to nowhere, offering visitors a vertical climb.

The development opened last week and entry is free of charge. With 2500 steps from top to bottom, you could easily make your 10,000 steps in this vertical mall!
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COMFORT MONITOR to undergo tests at Deakin

COMFORT MONITOR to undergo tests at Deakin | Facility management | Scoop.it
Engineering researchers from Deakin have developed a “comfort monitor” to create an optimal environment…
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This monitor has been designed to deliver timely feedback to drive management of building resources, particularly energy systems. The data is collected in real time before being made available to building managers through a cloud-based web server.

 

This is useful for older buildings where there is a real need to improve how we monitor living comfort, ensuring the heating and air conditioning systems are working effectively, that lighting is not too bright or too dull and that the room is not too stuffy or noisy! Who wouldn't want one?

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Yuhu Finalises $380m Bakehouse Quarter Buy

Yuhu Finalises $380m Bakehouse Quarter Buy | Facility management | Scoop.it
Chinese-backed developer Yuhu Group Australia has settled on the Bakehouse Quarter precinct in Sydney’s Strathfield.
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Yuhu Group is developing some of Australia’s biggest projects including the multi-billion-dollar One Circular Quay in Sydney and the triple-tower Jewel on the Gold Coast.

 

Strathfield, in Sydney’s inner west, is set to benefit from improved rail and road infrastructure and sits in a catchment area with higher-than-average growth. The commercial and retail precinct houses 70 tenancies including an Aldi supermarket, Fitness First and co-working Wotso workspace.

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CAF receives funding boost

CAF receives funding boost | Facility management | Scoop.it
Funding to be put towards further developing the framework and analysing its effectiveness.
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The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has been awarded an Australian Research Council grant to further develop the Cleaning Accountability Framework (CAF).  According to INCLEAN, UTS’s director of the Centre for Business and Social Innovation (CBSI), Professor Josserand, said the funding will be put towards further developing the CAF and analysing its effectiveness. According to Prof. Josserand between 20 and 25 per cent of workers in the cleaning industry are underpaid. 

 

To involve the workers in the auditing process, the research team led by Associate Professor Sarah Kaine, will develop an app for cleaners to use. This will provide researchers access to more information from workers. The app is expected to launch early next year. 

 

This independent research is a major step forward in assuring the integrity of the wage system in the cleaning industry, which has been corrupt for years. I have been championing changes for fair wages in our industry for years. I will be very interested in the outcome of this research because it will provide an effective tool for exposing unscrupulous business practices. 

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How your state's strata laws compare

How your state's strata laws compare | Facility management | Scoop.it
Confused by different rules for apartments across the country? If you had to cherry pick the best of the bunch, these are them.
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This article gives a concise overview of the differences in strata laws between states on the Eastern seaboard. Watch out for the sequel 'the worst of the worst'.

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Developer On Track to Build $5bn Smart City

Developer On Track to Build $5bn Smart City | Facility management | Scoop.it
Plans are under way to create Australia's first smart city Sydney Science Park.
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This smart city is one of the major developments to result from the Western Sydney Airport.


The ecosystem will house some of the nation’s leading scientific institutions and provide educational opportunities for western Sydney, one of which is the innovative STEM school.  Sydney Science Park is about education, innovation and sustainable communities, and should leverage global opportunities for Western Sydney. 

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- National FM

- National FM | Facility management | Scoop.it
BTR could offer Australian investors a stable asset set and fill a substantial gap in the country’s housing availability.
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BTR could offer Australian investors a stable asset set and fill a substantial gap in the country’s housing availability. Read more here.

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2019 Strata Community CHU Awards

2019 Strata Community CHU Awards | Facility management | Scoop.it

SCA (NSW) CHU Strata Community Awards for Excellence recognises and rewards businesses and individuals who make a significant contribution to the strata industry and community.

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Everyone at Havencab Property Group are jumping for joy and doing cartwheels (well maybe not ... but you get the picture) because we are excited and yet also humbled to be shortlisted as a finalist for the Strata Services Business category in the 2019 Strata Community CHU Awards ... for the 4th year in a row! This is such a great achievement for us because it recognises the extraordinary effort and enthusiasm that everyone brings to work every day. 

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Silicon Valley Game Changers Katerra Headed Down Under

Silicon Valley Game Changers Katerra Headed Down Under | Facility management | Scoop.it
Katerra will soon be heading down under, as it prepares to share its technology insights with locals.
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While multi-storey buildings have usually grabbed less attention in the prefab space, attention to larger housing solutions has been gathering momentum. The University of Sydney and construction heavyweight Lendlease were awarded a multi-million dollar Commonwealth government grant to research pre-fabricated multi-storey housing. The five-year industry-led project, bankrolled by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science’s Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P) program, has been designing and building prototype multi-storey housing using high-tech renewable materials and cutting edge manufacturing methods. The project is set to deliver results in ... read more here.

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Studying China’s Air Pollution from Australia

Studying China’s Air Pollution from Australia | Facility management | Scoop.it

I am a Chinese student doing a Bachelor of Environment and Sustainability at ANU. I have a great passion for exploring environmental issues as well as formulating possible solutions […]

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China will host the global World Environment Day celebrations on 5 June 2019 with a theme of air pollution. Air pollution is a global emergency affecting everyone. Approximately 7 million people worldwide die prematurely each year from air pollution, with about 4 million of these deaths occurring in Asia-Pacific.

 

Air Pollution facts: ...this link showcases some interesting facts about conditions in Australia and the article above reveals some of the techniques that China is using internally to combat air pollution. 

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Swinburne University shows why hydronics makes for healthier buildings

Swinburne University shows why hydronics makes for healthier buildings | Facility management | Scoop.it
Swinburne University’s Advanced Manufacturing and Design Centre (AMDC) is unlike most educational buildings in Australia. It uses hydronics – water pipes embedded in the floors and walls – for heating…
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The health advantage of hydronics


Hydronics uses water pipes embedded in floors and walls for heating and cooling, while fans are used to draw exhaust air out of the building, and fresh air in through windows and vents. The pipes keep the building at a comfortable temperature. Relative humidity – which can be a problem in buildings with poorly managed hydronic systems – is controlled through careful management of heating and cooling throughout the day. Temperature and relative humidity, both key to human comfort, are managed using the building management system. The result is a healthy environment that its occupants enjoy.


 


The space advantage of hydronics


As well as being a healthy option, because the heat or cold is moved around the building in energy-dense water rather than air, hydronic systems occupy about an eighth of the space of ducted air systems – in real estate terms, that’s extra saleable or lettable space within the building envelope.

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Building boom on a roll in Williams Landing

Building boom on a roll in Williams Landing | Facility management | Scoop.it
Williams Landing is continuing to go up in the world, with construction of a fourth commercial building starting in the town centre.
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Look what's happening in Melbourne. Williams Landing is a suburb of Melbourne, just 11 minutes from Melbourne's Central Business District and with construction of a fourth commercial building starting in the town centre, there is strong growth in the area. This new development will include a ground floor plus six storeys, 6000 square metres of strata office space and retail premises with cafe and restaurant facilities.

The developer is Cedar Woods Properties. Apart from 101 Overton Road, Cedar Woods’ commercial portfolio in Williams Landing consists of the new Target Australia headquarters, an office building within the Williams Landing Shopping Centre and two other buildings which are under construction: 111 Overton Road, a strata building which completely sold out prior to construction, and 107 Overton Road, which has been leased to the state government’s Minister for Finance.

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Architect Shortlist Revealed for Powerhouse Museum

Architect Shortlist Revealed for Powerhouse Museum | Facility management | Scoop.it
An internationally-flavoured shortlist has been announced for Parramatta’s Powerhouse Museum.
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The Parramatta precinct will mark the Powerhouse Museum’s sixth relocation. “This new chapter will carry forward the legacy of the 140-year-old institution by creating a place that is welcoming and inclusive of the diverse communities of Greater Sydney.


The Powerhouse Precinct will set a new benchmark in cultural placemaking for Greater Sydney and will be a symbol of a new approach to creative activity and engagement.”


While the best of the best from Australia and around the globe have submitted designs for the new museum – a future icon in the Asia Pacific – there has been growing concern from a large group of prominent Australian architects criticising the appointment of an international consultancy to manage the design shortlist. A shortlist of six teams, led by mostly international firms, has recently been announced.


The New South Wales government  rezoned the Ultimo site where the Powerhouse Museum currently stands in a bid to fund its $645 million move to Parramatta. Let’s hope that the Powerhouse Precinct will set a new benchmark in cultural placemaking for Greater Sydney.

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40 STOREYS OF GREEN

40 STOREYS OF GREEN | Facility management | Scoop.it

Key features of One Melbourne Quarter are access to the first phase of the precinct’s WIFI enabled Sky Park and 6 Star Green Star and 5 Star NABERS energy rating

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Lendlease's urban regeneration development, Melbourne Quarter is set to become one of the largest mixed-use urban regeneration developments in Melbourne, expected to deliver more than 130,000 sqm of commercial office space, 1,700 apartments and 40 retails shops once complete. 

 

Melbourne isn’t named one of the most liveable cities in the world for no reason — offering great culture, sport, food and events, alongside a plethora of green space; it really does have it all. It’s this unique lifestyle, together with Melbourne’s design consciousness for everything from fashion, food, coffee and architecture that has inspired Melbourne Quarter’s East Tower apartments. 

 

Delivering an adaptable workplace focused on employee health and wellbeing, Melbourne Quarter has delivered its first commercial tower, One Melbourne Quarter, at 699 Collins Street. Melbourne Quarter will include a new retail laneway connecting Collins and Flinders Street and a major new city square in the centre of the precinct. The neighbourhood’s future buildings will provide new spaces for residents, workers and the wider community, with the creation of workplaces and homes, boutique dining and shopping, and communal green open spaces. 

 

With the first phase of the precinct’s Sky Park now complete, this amazing new green public space is elevated 12 metres above the hustle and bustle of Collins Street. The park features a striking sculptural spiral staircase leading up to the space from Collins Street — bringing a benefit for residents and the public at large. 

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GBCA sets new target of net zero carbon buildings

GBCA sets new target of net zero carbon buildings | Facility management | Scoop.it
Push to net zero carbon buildings is among raft of changes proposed in the next evolution of GBCA's Green Star system.
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The new Green Star for New Buildings rating builds on the original Green Star’s success, and goes beyond the "traditional definition of green buildings to deliver a new vision for what our buildings can be: Healthy, resilient, and positive places for people and nature, built responsibly and showcasing leadership."

 

The Green Star rating system transformed Australia’s built environment across the country since its introduction in 2003.

 

New targets
Now GBCA wants to build on its success and deliver the next generation of aspirational targets to ensure Australia’s built environment stays ahead of sustainability targets.

 

Have your say
Green Star for New Buildings aims to drive towards net zero carbon and carbon positive buildings. This is being done in consultation with industry and you have until June 2019 to submit your feedback on the first of four rating tools that are under development to realise GBCA's vision. This rating tool is the Green Star for New Buildings. You can go here to download and complete a feedback document.

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Barangaroo’s Second Timber Tower Reaches Peak

Barangaroo’s Second Timber Tower Reaches Peak | Facility management | Scoop.it
Lendlease’s second timber building in Sydney’s Barangaroo has reached structural completion.
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This is the “last piece of the puzzle” for the Barangaroo South commercial precinct that will now have commercial, residential, public and open space.

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National scheme for ethical cleaning launches

National scheme for ethical cleaning launches | Facility management | Scoop.it
National certification to clean up the industry launches in Melbourne.
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It has been my cause to champion fair conditions for cleaners for years so I'm pleased to see some action finally being taken. Fair Work Ombudsman, Sandra Parker said that the Cleaning Accountability Framework (CAF) is "part of the solution to fix unethical practices and standards in the commercial cleaning industry". If this is the case then the CAF will be of benefit to workers in cleaning the industry.

 

However it is interesting that the Fair Work Ombudsman has secured more than $90,000 back-pay for underpaid workers at a services company that is listed as one of the sponsoring partners on the CAF website. The back-payments paid to workers were part of a Proactive Compliance Deed negotiated between the Fair Work Ombudsman and the CFA sponsor. There were underpaid employees located in all States and Territories of Australia. 

 

The question is ... can a leopard change its spots?

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Home | UDIA Campaign - Building a liveable future for all Australians

Home | UDIA Campaign - Building a liveable future for all Australians | Facility management | Scoop.it
Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) national campaign - 'Building a liveable future for all Australians'.
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Infrastructure is the big winner in this year’s budget, with the government splurging on roads and railways to fight congestion and boost the economy. The 2019-20 Federal Budget, which has been heralded as ‘a budget for the taxpayer, complete with congestion busting measures that will future proof Australia’ for generations to come,  is set to end with the Government budgeting for a modest surplus in the 2019-20 financial year.


The sustained focus on supercharging infrastructure with the $100 billion national infrastructure package and congestion reduction measures is welcome. However, according to the UDIA, the Budget did not follow up on last year’s housing affordability initiative, with more funding for catalyst infrastructure to deliver more housing.


Investment in infrastructure is important for the country and our industry, and support should continue for plans which have delivered more than 1.25 million jobs in the last five years and reduced unemployment 4.9 per cent – the lowest level in a decade (UDIA).


The Budget’s $6 billion spending stimulus is expected to add 0.4 percentage points to GDP and a budget surplus of $7.1 billion for the 2019-20 financial year.


UDIA states that "coordinated transport, infrastructure, environment, housing, finance, education, health and social services are required to future proof our cities and to manage the population growth to sustain economic growth".
We need Government to rise to the challenge to make our cities more "globally competitive, more liveable, and the industry more sustainable if we are to continue to enjoy the significant economic and community building multipliers from the development industry".


The UDIA campaign Building a Liveable Future for all Australians, is raising the above issues with Government to develop a more efficient and equitable Australia.

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