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The Tenants & Landlords Guide to Happiness: Chapter 8 - Keeping the magic alive 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 ongoing relationship between tenants and landlords.  Despite the best intentions, most building owners and tenants struggle to keep up regular communication that could enhance  their efficient use of the building, improve wellbeing of employees and substantially cut their business costs. If you’re a tenant feeling like you just don’t have much of a connection with the landlord, let alone other tenants or the property manager – or you’re a building owner who finds it hard to connect

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Sydney Industrial Ecology Network Workshops Opportunities for Waste Furniture

The Better Buildings Partnership partnered with EPA and Edge Environment for a Sydney Industrial Ecology Network workshop, focusing on building fitout churn, paying particular attention to furniture. The Better Buildings Partnership has conducted research on the quantity of material lost, finding approximately 25,000 tonnes goes to landfill every year across the different material streams in fitouts.  Furniture and other particle board materials are amongst the top contributors to landfill from fitouts, despite significant opportunity for reuse, refurbishment, reprocessing or recovery. With 50 of the industry’s top experts, from industrial designers to chemical engineers, architects, leasing agents and product suppliers, the aim of th

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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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