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Car sharing is coming to Perth

The car share market has grown rapidly in recent years, both globally and in Australia. Until recently, Perth was the only Australian city without a scheme, but things are about to change. The RAC published a paper on the topic recently exploring the role car sharing can play in WA and some local councils are…. Read More

Measuring Sustainability in Residential Buildings

We get a lot of people asking us for a basic overview of what tools are available to measure sustainability performance and outcomes in buildings. Here is an overview of the main ‘Green Tools of the Trade’ for Green residential buildings in Australia. Thankfully, measuring sustainability is becoming easier. There are now a number of…. Read More

Sustainable Suburbs?

With Perth suburbs sprawling 150 km in length along the WA coast line, I cannot help but wonder how we can make these existing suburbs more sustainable? With this question in mind I recently attended a public lecture by David Gordon organised by the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA. The topic was Sustainable Suburbs?…. Read More

Will solar panels add value to my home?

Are you selling a home with solar? Have you ever wondered whether a PV system adds value to a home? New research by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) illustrates that price premiums were consistently paid in the US for homes with solar photovoltaics (PV). This research shows that it is important to value PV systems…. Read More

What Perth Wants

Did you miss the news over the Christmas break? New market research shows that Perth residents are ready to embrace change and development that will deliver a more sustainable, more affordable and more liveable city. The research was commissioned by multi-residential property developer Psaros, working together withCCWA and the Property Council of Australia. The main finding…. Read More

Sustainability in WA Housing: 5 Good News Stories

I am constantly amazed by the bad news on sustainability and climate change in the media nowadays. Fortunately for me, in my position, I am also constantly exposed to a bunch of upbeat, sophisticated, up-to-date blogs, e-newsletter, websites and other pro-sustainability businesses who have a plethora of good news and info to share. Sustainability can be…. Read More

The cost of commuting in Perth

The more we search for that illusive plot of land, the more vast our fair city becomes. And whilst you may get your cake, are you really eating it too? How much is your commute to work, really costing you? The notion of living on the 1/4 acre block with your veggie patch, dog and…. Read More

Winter Gardening Jobs

Winter is here and if you’re anything like me, your garden isn’t looking it’s best. It’s cold, the rain is much appreciated but there ain’t much going on out there! So in order to motivate myself, I thought I’d bring you a few things you could at this time of year in your garden: Your…. Read More

Australia’s love for solar continues

In 2013, almost 1.25 million small-scale solar power systems were installed across the country, meaning that around 3.1 million Australians now live or work beneath a set of solar panels. RenewEconomy has recently reported the steady rise of Australia’s love for solar power. Not only that, but the size of the systems being installed is…. Read More

Virtual Water – how much water we eat everyday

Check out this infographic on water and just how much we intake and use. A real eye opener by the fabulous Angela Morelli. Did you know you are able to change your daily water usage by the choices you make at the supermarket? Crazy huh? Find out how! Angela Morelli is an information designer, an info activist,…. Read More