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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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Building Management Systems (BMS) present both a challenge and opportunity for reducing energy use in council buildings. The opportunities are enormous and when approached the right way, the challenges can be overcome! Ironbark held a Building Optimisation Webinar in July 2016, with panelists from 3 councils and Ironbark Sustainability. The presentation PowerPoint and related information are now available.

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The operation of buildings can often cost more than it should due to systems not functioning to their full potential. Fine tuning building systems can significantly reduce costs. Sometimes the solution is as simple as installing a lighting timer and sometimes it’s as complex as a computer software program to manage HVAC settings. Come along to our free Building Optimisation webinar on Monday July 25 11am-12pm AEST to listen and talk to council staff members who have reduced energy costs by as...

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The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) have just launched their Local Government Finance Program to provide flexible and competitive fixed-rate, long-term finance tailored to the needs of Australian councils. Having worked closely with the CEFC for nearly 5 years now we’re always impressed with how professional and knowledgeable they are. We were involved with projects in Baw Baw Shire Council, Warrnambool City Council, Richmond Valley Shire Council and many others, and there's no doubt...

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As many Victorian councils will already know, a new climate change grant program has been announced, with a total of $1.15 million available in the first round. Grants are provided by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), and applications for the first round close on December 29, 2015. Ironbark has prepared a list of potential projects that could fit within the grant budget, including Climate Proofing Vulnerable Buildings; Sustainable Council Buildings; Benchmarking;...

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After the first ERF auction in April 2015 it was clear that opportunities for councils are extremely limited. However, with the second auction taking place in early November 2015 and possibly a third in early 2016, changes may be a foot. Will councils be able to participate in future auctions? What types of projects could be eligible - such as buildings, street lighting and landfill gas projects? What are the best opportunities for councils? How should a council bid? What will be the impact of...

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In 2014 Ironbark and ICLEI Oceania surveyed hundreds of councils around Australia. A key result was that 65% of councils said they don’t have a good system for managing sustainability outcomes for buildings. In order to address this issue, Ironbark has launched the Sustainable Buildings Benchmarking Project so councils can see how their buildings compare to best practice. The report will compare similar facilities using consumption data so that councils can identify and prioritise ways to...

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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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