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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 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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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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Large facilities such as aquatic centres are under pressure to be more energy efficient. A key flagship project for many such sites is cogeneration. Moreland City Council recently commissioned a case study that compared one of its existing cogeneration systems to high efficiency boilers linked to a photovoltaic system. These results were enlightening and will inform how Moreland generates heat and electricity for aquatic centres in the future. See here for outcomes of the study and tips for...

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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 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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Ironbark's NATA accreditation has major implications for councils, lighting suppliers and Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) as we are now essentially a one-stop-shop for energy efficient lighting technology suppliers seeking approval. Ironbark produces NATA-endorsed reports that covers all relevant clauses of AS/NZS 1158.6 and requirements of DNSPs. We've had a few councils ask us how we got to this stage. To find out, we have to head way, way back to 2006, the year twitter was...

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Are you a sustainability officer who needs to integrate sustainability into Council-owned buildings? An asset manager who needs to include sustainability in your Asset Management Plan? Councils face the challenge of using sustainable building standards and tools that cater for large and small facilities; are easy to use and update; and enable high level benchmarking and reporting. When we work with councils to improve the sustainability of their assets, we keep tabs on what the sector is doing...

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Aquatic Centres are often the most energy intensive facilities Councils own. Staff who manage these centres have a wide range of technically complicated tasks to carry out every day. Sustainability issues need to be integrated into the daily operation of the centres for any lasting change to occur. Aquatics & Recreation Victoria (ARV) and Ironbark have announced a strategic partnership aimed at helping local government aquatic and recreation centres to become more sustainable.

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Aquatics & Recreation Victoria (ARV) and Ironbark have announced a strategic partnership aimed at helping local government aquatic and recreation centres to become more energy efficient. As part of the partnership, ARV and Ironbark will be delivering a series of workshops to help centre staff and management teams take control of the sustainability agenda at their sites. The workshops will provide attendees with the key background information and practical tools to assist them in assessing the...

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