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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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Sydney Industrial Ecology Network Workshops Opportunities for Waste - Plasterboard, Carpet and Ceiling Tiles

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 Plasterboard, Ceiling and Carpet Tiles. 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, social enterprise, leasing agents and pr

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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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