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Ironbark frequently contributes reports, information and time to the sector. Over the last decade we have written hundreds of articles, delivered webinars and developed presentations and reports that we have promoted through this website, our newsletter and social media.

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The Built Environment Sustainability Scorecard (BESS) was launched last week in Melbourne, representing a massive step forward for sustainability in the built environment and in the planning process. BESS was created to assist designers, builders and developers in demonstrating that they meet sustainability requirements during the planning permit application process for any new developments, including existing building retrofits. The tool analyses areas such as energy and water consumption,...

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Councils are well versed in the types of ESD performance tools they can use to ensure their buildings are sustainable. But how do these ESD building performance tools and requirements translate at a practical level and do they actually achieve what they are designed to? We recorded a webinar in November 2014 where we were joined by staff from Lake Macquarie, Knox and Wollongong councils who presented on their experience using ESD performance tools on actual projects. We heard about how they...

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Ironbark is teaming up with Victorian councils to deliver the next large scale statewide sustainability program. This time the aim is to tackle building energy and water use. This is not aimed at one or two facilities but up to hundreds of buildings in each council area. The program aims to collectively tender energy and water efficiency programs on hundreds of buildings to get the best project outcomes and the best cost for councils.

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Ironbark recently ran a webinar to discuss the use of a cost benefit analysis to help decide on policy settings and tools (Green Star, NABERS, Sustainable Design Scorecard, MEPS, etc.) for sustainability in buildings. Given more and more councils are establishing formal building performance standards, an evidence-based approach that can inform council decisions is a desirable way forward. This webinar includes a summary from Rachel Weaver of Frankston City Council, who are currently developing...

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Eurobodalla Shire Council’s Environment & Sustainability Project Officer Tom Dexter shares his learnings on retrofitting buildings and engaging with building occupants while undertaking audits. Council has recently completed a Sustainable Small Facilities Program where they undertook simple retrofits, rated and audited the building and engaged with occupants all in the one visit. This program identified possible greenhouse gas emission and water savings of around 30%. It is also projected that...

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Results from over 1,000 Sustainable Small Facilities (SSF) assessments undertaken by 17 Australian councils have enabled Ironbark to make estimates of the current energy and water performance and potential benefits for the average council across different facility types. Data reveals that the average council facility can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 53% and water by 43% and can improve the sustainability rating from 2 Stars (fair) to 4 Stars (very good). This article outlines results in...

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Ironbark have been keeping our ear to the ground on how various councils integrate sustainability into day-to-day renewal and capital works for council owned buildings. Here’s an update on current trends, winning formulas, key gaps and a great idea to start the 2014-15 financial year on solid ground – through a building management gap analysis.

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Ku-ring-gai Council staff inherited a Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) target of 20% reduction on 2000 levels by 2020. Council needed to determine their progress towards the target as well as reviewing the relevance of the CCP framework and the achievability of the target.

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Ironbark and Alleasing have put their heads together to come up with a simple model for councils to achieve energy savings at no capital cost. Councils can replace building equipment and install renewable energy without having to pay upfront. Instead, Alleasing provides the finance and councils pay it back over time. It can be arranged to be cash flow positive – so energy and maintenance savings are greater than the annual repayments.

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NSW councils are now able to use the Sustainable Design Scorecard to assess council-owned and commercial buildings. This free tool – aligned with Green Star and NABERS – was designed with local government buildings in mind. It allows councils to easily set building performance standards and contains NSW reference tools to help designers produce sustainable buildings. This article contains more information and a download link to the NSW tool.

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