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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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Procuring, commissioning and monitoring rooftop solar. Hmmm, not the sexiest topics agreed, but important ones that can avoid ongoing headaches in council-land. And with Harry Fricke of Moonee Valley and Peter Vun of Kur-ring-gai councils imparting not only years of solar experience but also actual tender and maintenance documents, there is nothing to gain but valuable knowledge, even for those who think they are old hat at solar projects. This is guaranteed to save councils time when procuring...

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Ironbark are thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with ICLEI Oceania and Beyond Zero Emissions (BZE) to develop the most comprehensive local government and climate change survey Australian councils and communities have ever witnessed! We're inviting Australian council and community stakeholders to take part in the survey to better understand local government climate change actions, policies, strategies and targets. The survey will identify successful case studies across Australia and help...

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In July the NSW Government is due to release $500 million as part of their Climate Change Fund Strategic Plan. The draft is currently being finalised and proposes $200m for accelerating advanced energy, $200m for energy efficiency and $100m on preparing for a changing climate.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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