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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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BBP releases 2012-13 Annual Report, exceeds emissions reduction targets

The Better Buildings Partnership has released its 2012/13 Annual Report, noting the Partnership has exceeded its emissions reduction targets of 24 per cent from the 2005/6 baseline of 310,024 tonnes of CO2 for its commercial office portfolio. The Partnership, which includes the owners of more than half the commercial office space in the city centre, released detailed data showing partners had reduced their building emissions by an average three per cent each year from 2005/6, despite a 10 per cent increase in the amount of space leased over the same period. At the end of the 2012/13 year, the Partnership's commercial office

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BBP members are saving $25 million with energy efficient buildings

The Better Buildings Partnership announced today it is saving more than $25 million a year on their electricity bills, thanks to more energy efficient buildings. The Partnership, which includes the owners of more than half the commercial office space in the city centre, released detailed data showing partners had reduced their building emissions by an average three per cent each year from 2005/6, despite a 10 per cent increase in the amount of space leased over the same period. Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the new figures show the Better Buildings Partnership is on the right track. “This 25 per cent cut in carbon em

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BBP appoints new co-chairs to lead on milestone achievements ahead

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) has appointed Emlyn Keane, Head of Property Management and Sustainable Performance at AMP Capital Investors, and Paul Edwards, Group General Manager of Sustainability at Mirvac, as its new co-chairs.Emlyn has been with the BBP since it began serving as chair of the tenant/owner collaboration working group. He’s made great in-roads in aligning stakeholder groups to bring about better outcomes across the industry including the championing of best practice leasing. Emlyn’s efforts have also focused on engaging tenants via the CitySwitch Green Office program and tackling the issue of waste from commercial fitout construction. Paul has been wit

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WWF balances sustainability, cost and culture in the search for a new workspace

When WWF Australia set about finding a new workspace for their head head office in Sydney, key priorities included sustainability merits, value per square meter and aligning to the organisation’s work culture. Along with the usual selection criteria of location, office grade and technical requirements, WWF were keen to take on a ‘best practice’ approach to their new lease. This meant that weighing up ongoing operational expenditure (such as possible upgrades over the life of the lease), environmental performance (now and into the future), brand advantages, as well as the opportunity to provide an innovative and flexible working environment for their staff

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The Tenants & Landlords Guide to Happiness: new ebook launched

Can better collaboration, shared goals and sustainable outcomes be achieved between commercial tenants and landlords? The Tenants and Landlords Guide to Happiness explores just that question in this new overview to best practice and green leasing. Produced by The Fifth Estate in partnership with the Better Buildings Partnership, a new chapter released each month will reveal the opportunities for an improved leasing process, to lay the ground work from day-one for better outcomes—from the onset of considering an office move, to selecting a new workspace and signing the leasing, to fitout design and finally ongoing management. The e-book aims to draw on the process mapped out in t

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Environmental Upgrade Agreement for Central Park

From a Frasers Property Australia press release dated 20 March, 2013 Developers Frasers Property and Sekisui House deliver green infrastructure via innovative new funding model An historic financial agreement was signed this week, providing funding for green energy infrastructure at Central Park, a $2 billion mixed-use development by Frasers Property and Sekisui House. The $26.5 million Environmental Upgrade Agreement (EUA) provides long-term low-cost finance for environmental infrastructure. Central Park’s EUA is only the second such agreement to be signed in NSW and is the City of Sydney’s first EUA. The EUA was signed by the City of Sydney, landowner Frasers Property, and Eur

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