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BBP Strip Out Waste Guidelines in Consultation

The Better Buildings Partnership has developed the BBP Strip Out Waste Guidelines to assist tenants, building owners and demolition contractors in the procurement and execution of best practice strip out operations. These guidelines include a number of practical tools that can be utilised to procure manage and evidence consistent strip out processes that maximise recovery without compromise to timelines or safety. These guidelines draw on BBP's extensive expertise, that of its partners and suppliers, and learnings from recent case studies conducted in Sydney with support from Edge Environment and the EPA’s Circulate, Industrial Ecology grants program, that demonstrate that resource recovery of 60-80% is

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Sydney businesses save big by cutting emissions - top move for bottom line

City of Sydney, Lord Mayor Clover Moore today announced that Sydney’s top commercial landlords had cut 45 per cent of their emissions since 2006, saving an impressive $30 million a year. The City of Sydney-led Better Buildings Partnership includes the major landlords and property managers of more than half of the Sydney city centre’s commercial office floor space. The Lord Mayor announced the results at the UN Climate Conference in Paris, as part of a keynote speech on the crucial role for buildings in tackling climate change. “We mean business when it comes to tackling climate change,” the Lord Mayor said. “With these results, Sydney’s

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BBP Leasing Standard in Consultation

Following the Better Buildings Partnership's award-winning work in best practice green (or performance) leasing, the Partnership is now finalising the first draft of a new standard for commercial office leasing, to include minimum definitions of what defines a "green" or "performance" lease and methods for scoring precedent leases to reward parties for strong, actionable commitments to a broad range of topics for collaboration during the lease term. More Information To find out more about the history of the BBP's work in leasing, its Model Lease Clauses, Leasing Index Study and development of this standard, please use the links below: Leasing Lifecycle Tool - The

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Edge Environment Releases Governor Macquarie Tower Trial Report

Edge Environment have compiled their data from their recent investigation onsite the Governor Macquarie Tower [GMT] strip out. Their trial has highlighted that a greater percentage of resource recovery and diversion from landfill can occur. Their methods and material breakdown results are detailed in this report. The report can be found here

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BBP Releases Waste from Strip Out Guidelines Toolset

The Better Buildings Partnership is committed to the creation of a circular economy through assisting industry to more responsibly source new products, recycle existing materials and generate new recycling facilities. The BBP has released Waste from Strip Out Guidelines Toolset to promote continuous improvement for reporting and managing strip out operations. The toolset includes a Waste Management Plan and a Reprocessor Facility Directory. These tools encourage consistent reporting alongside transparency and accountability of the removed materials from commercial offices and floor plates. The partnership has collaborated with the industry to drive better waste reduction, product stewardship and resource recovery. Establishing The

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BBP's Banksia Award winning project at Vivid Sydney

The Better Buildings Partnership was named ‘Innovator of the year’ at the 2014 Banksia Awards for its best practice leasing model. Now that this project will be part of a Vivid Sydney event during this year's festival. The Banksia Foundation is the 2015 Sustainability Partner of Vivid Sydney, an 18 day festival of light, music and ideas and the largest of its kind in the world. Banksia will be working with Vivid Sydney on the event’s sustainability agenda as well as presenting a forum at Vivid Ideas. The "Flicking the Switch On Sustainability” forum, presented in conjunction with Sustainable Business Australia (SBA),will engage Australians on the achievements made by some of B

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BBP annual report released - members halfway to emissions reduction target

The Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) 2013 - 2014 annual report has been released, with results showing that members have already reached the halfway mark in their ambitious emissions reduction target. This partnership between Sydney’s leading landlords and property managers represents more than half of Sydney CBD’s commercial floor space. The annual reports figures show members have reduced their emissions by 35 per cent since 2006, placing them halfway to their 70 per cent emissions reduction target by 2030, ahead of schedule. Members have improved the overall sustainability performance of their buildings through measures such as building system upgrades and green infrastructure including tri-generation and recycled water

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The Tenants & Landlords Guide to Happiness: Final chapter - Perfect Match now available

Produced by The Fifth Estate in partnership with the Better Buildings Partnership, this final chapter of The Tenants & Landlords Guide to Happiness delves into how five couples – and the occasional matchmaker – have managed their productive and happy relationships. Co-operation, compromise and  communication are the common characteristics of these success stories. Not to mention flexibility.  And the results speak for themselves – more energy efficient, healthy buildings with occupants experiencing  a high degree of workplace satisfaction and productivity. Thank you to The Fifth Estate for collaborating with the Better Buildings Partnership to produce this unique publication. Read the latest chapter here as well as a full list of chapters be

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BBP wins 'Innovator of the year' at the Banksia Awards

The Better Buildings Partnership has been named ‘Innovator of the year’ at the 2014 Banksia Awards for environmental leadership and innovation. The award recognises the BBP’s best practice leasing model that delivers better owner-tenant relationships and environmental performance. The Banksia Awards have been running for 26 years and recognises the leading organisations from across Australia that are making a positive difference to the environment for a more sustainable future. The Banksia award recognises the BBP’s best practice leasing work including: Best practice ‘green’ lease template clauses; Tool kits and resources that assist the key industry stakeholders to understand the benefits and how to apply these new leases;

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BBP announced as a finalist for both the Green Globes and Banksia Awards

The Better Buildings Partnership has been nominated as a finalist in three categories of the prestigious Green Globe Awards for environmental leadership as well as a finalist in the 2014 Banksia Sustainability Awards. The NSW Government Green Globes are awarded annually for excellence in environmental leadership and innovation. The three categories BBP is nominated as a finalist are: Waste and Recycling – BBP office fit-out waste program Environmental Innovation – BBP and Investa Building Run installation Built Environment Sustainability: Commercial and Residential Properties – BBP for collective collaboration. Winners will be announced on 30 October 2014. “The tremendous work being done by the BBP has been recogni

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