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BBP and GPT collaborate to trial new defit solutions at MLC Centre

Over the first half of 2014, the Better Buildings Partnership and its member The GPT Group collaborated with industry to trial better social and environmental outcomes when de-fitting tenant spaces in GPT's MLC Centre office tower in Martin Place, at the heart of Sydney CBD.GPT has been looking for ways to create shared value through its core business and specifically through the procurement of products and services. Coupled with the BBP’s work on fitout waste and tenant engagement, Sue Wiblin, Communities Manager at GPT and Esther Bailey, Manager of the Better Buildings Partnership, realised that there were multiple opportunities to u

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BBP and GBCA host green leases - green fitouts event

The Better Buildings Partnership partnered with the Green Building Council of Australia in a recent event on the connection between green leases and green fitouts. Facilitated by GBCA Chief Operating Officer Robin Mellon, the event analysed the industry's work on aligning tenants' and landlords' commitment to performance and how leases are essential in facilitating the collaboration necessary for high-performing spaces. A successful tenancy is all about relationship building – from tenants, building owners, agents and lawyers - each of these key players has a role to play in creating good outcomes for people and the environment. The event heard a discussion on h

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BBP Releases Operational Waste Guidelines for Consultation

The Better Buildings Partnership has released Operational Waste Guidelines to promote the continuous improvement in the management of waste from commercial buildings' operations. These guidelines include a variety of tools to procure and implement consistent waste management systems.  The Partnership has collaborated with the industry to drive better procurement, benchmarking, waste reduction, and resource recovery. Establishing a baseline The BBP has used its extensive expertise to set a baseline for consistent and accurate management of operational waste. By establishing these guidelines, the Partnership has created a platform to compare and improve the outcomes of commercial waste management. The Guidelines Procurement Robust waste management systems require strong c

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BBP partners with Edge Environment in establishing Sydney Industrial Ecology Network

The Better Buildings Partnership is partnering with Edge Environment, who have been awarded an Industrial Ecology Grant from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to establish the Sydney Metropolitan Industrial Ecology Network. The grant is part of the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative to fund the transformation of waste and recycling in NSW. Over the coming year, Edge Environment will engage with over 150 businesses to establish business-to-business relationships to reuse or reprocess waste into resources with the aim of diverting thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill. The Partnership will be an active partner in the fitout material component of thi

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BBP releases market research for commercial fitout waste

The Better Buildings Partnership has released market research exploring why waste occurs in commercial building fitouts and what can be done about it, with particular focus on the materials that dominate the fitout waste stream. The characteristics of each material and aspects of its usage are explored in the report to determine how to improve diversion from landfill. The research, conducted by the UTS Institute of Sustainable Futures for the Partnership, is the first of its kind in Australia. The ISF conducted in-depth interviews with industry participants, ranging from architects and property managers through to contractors and manufacturers. The interviews uncovered

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The Tenants & Landlords Guide to Happiness: Chapter 7 - Material Change now available

Produced by The Fifth Estate in partnership with the Better Buildings Partnership, this latest chapter of The Tenants & Landlords Guide to Happiness looks at the issue of waste associated with office fitouts and de-fits and meets the people who want to reinvent the process to make sense. Building materials account for half of the solid waste and materials used in the world, according to a recent report commissioned by the Australian Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population, and Community. In the City of Sydney, the average office tenancy has a shelf-life of seven  to ten and commercial and industrial building sectors generate approximately 260

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Fairfax Media's transition to activity based working

An evolving business has challenged Fairfax Media to reimagine the way they work. Part of responding to new needs in a changing business landscape has included taking a look at how their head office in Sydney was set up to provide more flexibility and amenity for staff. A transition to an activity-based workplace has seen a reuse and refresh of all workstations and resulted in massive cost, waste and carbon savings. Adapting over 1000 staff to an entirely new way of working has been a journey of change, a huge element of which has been the introduction of new technology and

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BBP releases model lease clauses

The Better Buildings Partnership has released a suite of model lease clauses in a push to get frameworks for sustainable operations and collaboration throughout the life of commercial leases right from the on-set. The downloadable clauses form part of an online resource that aims to get all parties thinking beyond standard, inflexible lease terms that discourage cooperation between tenant, owner and building manager, and restrict potential financial and operational benefits. Developed in association with Sparke Helmore Lawyers, the standalone clauses address a range of legal terms from environmental ratings and building management systems, to performance standards. The clauses are downloadable as PDF documents that can be selected and combined to adapt to indivi

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Better Buildings Partnership takes out Best Energy Savings program award

The Better Buildings Partnership has received the top accolade for excellence in energy saving at the Energy Efficiency Council (EEC) annual awards. The ceremony, held in Melbourne on 3 December awarded the BBP as joint winner for the Best Energy Savings program for the collaboration's continued work in reducing carbon emissions and energy across their own portfolios and beyond. Members have reduced the energy consumption of their combined buildings by 27 per cent (from 2005/2006 financial year) and saved 373,000 gigajoules, delivering a 31 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The Partnership's work has seen a focus on not just their

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Gehry building joins Sydney's skyline

Frank Gehry’s first Australian building has reached a literal high-point with the “topping out” of the structure. The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) - a Better Buildings Partnership member - Dr Chau Chak Wing Building is now a local landmark, even with the building’s distinctive brick façade still hidden behind scaffolding. “It’s hard to believe I can now stand on the top of a building that will redefine downtown Sydney when it opens,” said Vice-Chancellor Professor Ross Milbourne. “Construction has progressed to the stage that there can be no doubt that this is a Gehry building and a fantastic one at that.” The bu

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