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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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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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Australian standards set to transform FM industry

Australian standards set to transform FM industry | Facility management | Scoop.it
Australia’s adoption of the ISO 41000 series a "landmark event", says FMA.
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ISO 41000 has eventuated due to the need for a standardised approach against which facility management (FM) organisations can be assessed and measured. This will raise the professional profile of the industry.  


According to the Facility Management Association of Australia (FMA), Australia’s adoption of the current ISO 41000 series along with 45 other interested countries, will deliver a raft of benefits, including; “greater consistency within Australia’s FM industry; more reliable FM outcomes, achieved through consistent definitions and improved procurement procedures; and greater understanding of FM practice, both within the industry and among the wider community.” The end result will be reduced waste, as well as greater efficiency and productivity.

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Government supports jail time for migrant exploitation

Government supports jail time for migrant exploitation | Facility management | Scoop.it
Employers who deliberately engage in exploitative conduct could face jail time under new reforms accepted by the coalition government today.
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Looks like exploitative (dodgy) employers WILL pay not only with their pockets but also their freedom! Great outcome. 

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International Women's Day is the ideal chance to acknowledge an important woman in your life - ABC Life

International Women's Day is the ideal chance to acknowledge an important woman in your life - ABC Life | Facility management | Scoop.it
It's International Women's Day, and we're asking you to tell us about a woman who has made a difference in your life.
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Happy International Women’s Day!

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2019

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International Women's Day 2019 theme is #BalanceforBetter #IWD2019
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International Women’s Day (IWD) will be celebrated around the world (on the 8th of March). It's a day to think about how far we have come and how far we still have to go to truly achieve gender equality.


UN Women’s global theme for IWD 2019 is ‘Think equal, build smart, innovate for change’, linking with the UN Commission on the Status of Women’s focus on social protection, public services and sustainable infrastructure.


In Australia, for IWD 2019, UN Women NC Australia is joining with Chief Executive Women and Male Champions of Change – the two preeminent organisations focused on women in leadership and gender equality in business – to showcase an event series from 5-8 March, focused on our national theme, ‘More Powerful Together’.


"Australia’s IWD 2019 theme, More Powerful Together, recognises the important role we all play – as women, men, non-binary and gender diverse people. It takes all of us, working in collaboration and across that which sometimes divides us, breaking down stereotypes and gendered roles to create a world where women and girls everywhere have equal rights and opportunities."


More Powerful Together is a call to stand in unison for gender equality.


By attending International Women’s Day events and making a donation, you can support the UN Women’s work to transform the lives of women and girls around the world, for the better. We all want the very best for our daughters and this day belongs to them and all women. 

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News

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For years I have been campaigning in the cleaning and facility management industries on the fair wages issue and the eradication of unethical sub-contracting practices. You can read about corruption in our industry here and here and here while wages rip-offs are here or here. Dodgy employers must pay Fortunately, Queensland Unions have backed an in-principle recommendation to sen
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Commercial cleaning companies are in the business of managing labour. According to Barbara Connolly, national officer of the Building Services Contractors Association of Australia "The labour content of any contract being something in excess of 75 percent of the contract price, the industry therefore is acutely conscious of industrial relations issues regarding wage rates, including shift and weekend penalties and the impact of workers’ compensation and public liability costs.

Because there are no entry requirements, the industry is a large employer of people from ethnic backgrounds, but it is a mistake to think this means the industry lacks professionalism or career paths for those individuals who embrace the opportunities it offers. Some companies ARE doing the right thing by their workers. However, something must be done to force ALL companies to be ethical.

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The circular economy brimming with job opportunities

The circular economy brimming with job opportunities | Facility management | Scoop.it

In February last year China stopped importing many recyclables from overseas. It left Australia without an export market for its waste.”

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The tightening up of Chinese imports of Australian recyclables means that innovation is a key ingredient needed to deal with reusing, recycling and upcycling. 


“New South Wales urgently needs a big investment of funding from the waste levy to begin the process of growing a domestic recycling industry,” local government NSW president, Linda Scott told the media. 


The South Australian government has emerged as a leader in this space, releasing a report in 2017 which found that by 2030, compared to a business as usual scenario, a more circular economy could result in an additional 25,700 full time jobs for the state.


There has been some funding allocated by state governments in NSW and Victoria but it will be interesting to see what arises from the current dilemma. What is certain is the we need to rapidly transition from a linear system of waste disposal to a circular system where waste is collected, processed and then reused to make new products here in Australia.

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Biggest Overhaul of Building Laws in NSW Following Opal

Biggest Overhaul of Building Laws in NSW Following Opal | Facility management | Scoop.it
Plans to overhaul the New South Wales building and construction industry are underway as the state government says it will ‘shake up’ the sector.
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The Shergold Weir Report revealed the number of high rise residential buildings increased in Australia with 30,000 apartments in high rise buildings in 2007, this number increasing to 90,000 in 2015.


“No doubt the release of the final report into the Opal Tower will also influence the final design of these reforms and will provide an important insight into where the problems occurred in the construction process in that instance,” Property Council NSW Executive Director Jane Fitzgerald said.


There has been a culture of non-compliance throughout the building sector that has meant combustible cladding has become a widespread material used on multi-storey buildings. This culture has to change!

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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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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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Construction Update: Crown's $2.2bn Barangaroo Tower

Construction Update: Crown's $2.2bn Barangaroo Tower | Facility management | Scoop.it
ASX-listed Crown Resorts $2.2 billion development One Barangaroo is on course to meet its completion in the first half of 2021.
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This will be one of Australia’s most sophisticated buildings and will be looking to buyers in the ultra-high-net-worth category.

 

This will be a spectacular yet sustainable luxury development that will become a landmark in Sydney.

 

With placement of up to 78,000 cubic metres of concrete so far, plus 14,000 tonnes of reinforcement, and 3,037 tonnes of structural steel, One Barangaroo seems on track for it's proposed completion in 2021.

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Powerfully Simple | Property Management 

Powerfully Simple | Property Management  | Facility management | Scoop.it

National FM at Barangaroo. Facility management software for today's professionals. MYBOS offers several features for different property management needs including: case tracking, parcel tracking, community management and many more. Contact us today for a free demo.

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This is how we are able to effectively manage a huge zero carbon-offset development like Barangaroo and that means frequent environmental reporting to government authorities. With Australia's largest district cooling plant, we work with all levels of engineers and technicians to make sure that systems remain up and running at all times and residents receive the level of service that they expect. MYBOS has the capability to allow National FM building managers to manage the  properties that we service to  the highest level for our clients. National FM at Barangaroo.

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Emotional tech and a rise in measuring indoor office space on the menu at Total Facilities 20-21

Emotional tech and a rise in measuring indoor office space on the menu at Total Facilities 20-21 | Facility management | Scoop.it
“Emotional tech” that measures your heart rate and temperature, glass offices and glass walls everywhere that look lovely but might make you feel insecure, and a rise in measurement of indoor air quality. These are just some of the trends that will be under the microscope at Total Facilities
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Loving the big uptake of sustainability and the potential of emerging emotional tech but will privacy be an issue?

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Opal Tower Report Blames Structural Design, Construction Flaws

Opal Tower Report Blames Structural Design, Construction Flaws | Facility management | Scoop.it
An independent report directed has found multiple design and construction faults led to cracking at Sydney’s Opal Tower.
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Responsibility under contract for the fault and remedying any problems lay solely with the builder – rather than with the developer, Ecove according to an article by Michael Bleby of the Financial Review earlier this year. Fortunately for the builder, this report indicates that the building is overall structurally sound and that the localised damage to the building can be rectified.

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Qld govt, unions back recommendation to jail employers for wage theft

Qld govt, unions back recommendation to jail employers for wage theft | Facility management | Scoop.it
Government, unions back in-principle recommendation to jail dodgy employers who deliberately or recklessly underpay workers.
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Romilly Madew – the exit interview

Romilly Madew – the exit interview | Facility management | Scoop.it
When Madew took over the Green Building Council of Australia 13 years ago it was a fledgling thing. Big idea but the journey was still tamping around the base.
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One of Romilly Madew’s major legacies at GBCA is that standards will be constantly tightened. For 2019, water is high on the agenda. “Achieving good water efficiency in 2019, for instance, will be perceived as much more difficult that it was 10 years ago. And that’s how it should be”. That’s because water is our most precious resource. 

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