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  • Building in the European Union…

    A European Approach         Nearly eight months into my stay in Ireland I have learned a lot about living in Europe. Apart from the economic challenges other changes are also obvious. The following are my observations of the EU's  approach to energy conservation in the built environment . German Leadership Germany is without doubt the prime mover in the European Union. ...

    Posted at February 12, 2015 | By : | Categories : Blog,Ecolateral Thinking
  • Ecolateral win the 2014 Premiers Sustainability Award for the Built Environment

    Ecolateral was honoured on Friday night for its work on the Beachmere Project for Sovereign Homes. The project was awarded the 2014 Premiers Sustainability Award for the Built Environment . In winning this award the project edged out some impressive competition including Norman, Disney and Young's  247 Adelaide Street project and Arup's Global Change Institute project at University of Queensland St Lucia campus. Our client deserves this high level of recognition given his unrelenting commitment to getting a ...

    Posted at June 3, 2014 | By : | Categories : Uncategorized
  • Sustainable luxury @ The Beachmere Project

    Luxury and eco friendly are usually considered to be polar opposites in Australian houses. Yet with good design, considered  construction processes and attention to detail this doesn't have to be the case. In 2009, Brisbane builder Sovereign Homes began planning the partial demolition and  reconstruction of a home at Beachmere, 74 km north of Brisbane. Typical of beachside  properties across South East Queensland, the natural tenancy would ...

    Posted at April 16, 2014 | By : | Categories : Ecolateral Thinking
  • Game changer for the existing housing market.

    Hot on the heels of the Green Star Performance tool for existing buildings (see our last blog) comes a new initiative by LJ Hooker Real Estate. Since the introduction of sustainable principles and energy efficiency as a consideration in our housing stock, the existing housing market has posed a significant challenge. Representing the majority of our carbon emissions from fossil fuel in the residential sector, the existing housing stock is more difficult to measure and ...

    Posted at December 4, 2013 | By : | Categories : Ecolateral Thinking
  • NEW GREEN STAR TOOL FOR EXISTING BUILDINGS

            The Green Building Council of Australia has released a pilot version of its new Performance Tool. The objective of the tool  is to assess the performance of existing buildings and map them to the now well establish Green Star scale of recognition. This tool has some fundamental differences from the traditional Green Star suite and some would argue, potentially delivers more measurable results ...

    Posted at November 18, 2013 | By : | Categories : Ecolateral Thinking

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