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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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Here we go again! Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last few years you’d be aware of the Federal Government’s “smart cities” push, which included a Smart Cities Summit in April 2016, launching Australia's very first Smart Cities Plan, and the first round of funding announced late last year. Round Two of the Program has just been announced and will be open for applications until 2nd July 2018. Over the last 5 years we’ve worked on funding applications with hundreds of councils around...

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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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Are You Ready for 2016/17? How Do Your Council Buildings Compare to Best Practice? Use Our Free Assessment Tool to Find Out! By now councils are well into planning what’s on the cards for the 2016/17 financial year. But how do you test that you’re investing your energies in the right places? Ironbark have developed a tool for councils to take stock of how sustainable their building practices are compared to best performing councils. Complete the free online Self-Assessment Tool (30 minutes) to...

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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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