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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.

On this page you can search through all of these free resources by either high level categories, tags or free search in the search box. You'll see that each resource contains related news so you can explore further.

If you have any questions or can't find what you're looking for you may also want to try the project area links in our main menu bar at the top of the page, otherwise please just contact us. We hope you find valuable information you're after and feel free also to drop us a line with general feedback or suggestions.


The results of the first round of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program have been released by the Federal Government; and they’re very interesting! NSW is leading the way in terms of the number of projects and the funding secured, but there are innovative proposals from all states on the list covering transport, planning, energy, and many more areas. However, it is key that the Federal Government does not see ‘Smart’ as simply an alternative label for information technology, but instead views it...

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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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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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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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Making the right choice of hot water system depends on council aims and budgets, building characteristics, hot water usage patterns, climate and existing systems. Ironbark and its partner ICLEI Oceania have released the Local Government TechSelect - Solar and Heat Pump Hot Water Systems report to help councils plan and install the best hot water systems and products. "I found this review to be a practical and useful guide to solar and heat pump hot water systems, and used it when preparing the...

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In late 2012 Ironbark held a webinar for Australian councils focussing on how to implement successful hot water retrofits at council facilities. Ironbark and local government staff provided short presentations on their hot water knowledge and retrofit project experiences, including staff from Darebin and Moonee Valley City Councils. You can view it here as well as download the slides.

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The Tech Hub is an Australia-wide local government network that helps councils to share, review and collaborate on sustainability materials that improve the sustainability of council assets and equipment. The resource is facilitated to make sure that new materials and technology discussions are continually uploaded onto the website.

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