New GreenStar Design & As Built Tool

5 December 2014

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) released the new GreenStar Design & As-built tool on 19 October 2014, and it is likely to have a significant impact on the delivery of green buildings.

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8 Common GreenStar Mistakes

7 August 2014

The GreenStar system has become Australia’s industry standard for developing sustainable properties. Established in 2002, the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has become a formidable force for a greener built future in this country.

GreenStar Certification is a formal process which involves a project using a GreenStar rating tool to guide the design or construction process during which a documentation-based submission is collated as proof of this achievement.

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What is an Independent Commissioning Agent?

7 August 2014

ICA is short for Independent Commissioning Agent. The ICA provides an unbiased perspective of the building services commissioning process. They are independent of the design team as they report directly to the Client. The principal objective of an ICA is to assist the project team in undertaking the commissioning of building services systems, so that the building functions in a safe efficient manner, as it was designed to do.

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Soft Landings – The Next Big Thing

7 August 2014

“All buildings are prototypes to one degree or another. No two are ever the same. To the untrained eye a fully-glazed office block may look identical to its neighbour, but such superficial similarities can be misleading. Every building is a response to its local context, the needs and expectations of its owner or developer, the budget, the time taken to build or refurbish it, and the use to which it is subsequently put. One of the problems of a one-size-fits-all perspective is that we often fail to recognise the inherent fragilities in design decisions, and the critical importance of installing, commissioning and finishing things off properly. On top of that, we presume that occupants and maintenance staff will instantly understand what they’ve been given. But all these assumptions are flawed. “ Rod Bunn BSRIA

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Introduction to LEED

6 August 2014

Want to know what LEED is? See our infographic for details on the different ratings systems, the ratings and the Credit Categories. Read more

A Snapshot of NABERS and GreenStar and how CitySwitch completes the puzzle

30 May 2014

As the base building energy efficiency of office buildings improves, through better management, many building and business owners are turning their attention to ways for office tenants to save even more energy.

Currently two voluntary national accreditation programs exist to measure and report on environmental performance of office tenancies and assist in guiding best practice office fitouts.

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RICS Leasa App Helps Being Choosy Really Add Up

13 February 2014

The RICS ‘LEASA’ App and associated Guide, which WT Sustainability helped develop, allows tenants to evaluate office premises, bringing sustainability to the fore, and, through one part of the App, allowing the potential cost of running the lighting in an office to be easily understood in advance of signing a lease.

LEASA helps commercial office tenants to rate and choose the most appropriate office space for their needs with full knowledge of the potential cost of lighting.  It does that by helping them to determine which office tenancies are more energy efficient.

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WT Sustainability Wins Two CitySwitch Awards

28 November 2013

WT Sustainability (WTS) last night (27 November) received two awards at the CitySwitch New South Wales and National Awards ceremony held at Sydney Town Hall.

At the State level WTS was named State Signatory of the Year (under 2,000 m2) for their tenancy fitout in North Sydney which has achieved a NABERS office tenancy rating of 6 Stars before the purchase of GreenPower.

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WT Sustainability Wins the Better Business Partnership Energy Saver Award

23 October 2013

WT Sustainability received the Better Business Energy Saver Award at the Better Business Partnerships (BBP) Better Business Awards at a gala dinner held at Sydney Luna Park’s Crystal Palace on Tuesday 23 October 2013.

The Better Business Awards showcase and recognise the achievements of the BBP’s 250+ member businesses who are working towards success through sustainability.

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Vote for WT Sustainability in the Better Business Awards

25 September 2013

The Government May Not Care About the Environment, But We Do!

Show you care about the environment and vote for WT Sustainability in the Better Business Partnership’s 2013 Better Business People’s Choice Award.
The Better Business Partnership is a joint Council program designed to improve the sustainability of businesses located on Sydney’s North Shore.  WT Sustainability has been nominated based on the outstanding energy and sustainability results their tenancy fitout is achieving. (see http://www.wtsustainability.com.au/2013/03/wt-sustainabilitys-sydney-office-confirmed-as-one-of-the-nations-most-energy-efficient/)
To vote go to http://www.betterbusinesspartnership.com.au/Vote.html and select WT Sustainability from the ‘Professional Services and Other’ field.