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‘Your Building’: property website shows how to profit from enviro-friendly design

Posted by gmarkets on 10 October, 2007

The tendency to protect proprietary knowledge in green building techniques and technologies would be broken down with the launch of an interactive property website on how to green commercial building stock, consultants said, wrote Tina Perinotto in The Australian Financial Review (2/10/2007, p.54).

Joint initiative: The site, Your Building, had almost 1,500 pages of information, with case studies, articles, interviews on how to build new and refurbished green buildings, plus links to other relevant sites. Eventually, it would be open for online editing in the manner of on-site encyclopedia Wikipedia, which claimed 98 per cent accuracy. The project, launched on Friday, was a joint initiative of the Australian Greenhouse Office, the Cooperative Research Centre for Construction Innovation and the Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council (ASBEC).

Good business: A recent report from ASBEC said buildings produced 23 per cent of the greenhouse gases and that a 35 per cent reduction in these could be achieved from existing technologies and energy efficiencies. AGO data said the building sector was responsible for up to 40 per cent of total energy use and 12 per cent of water consumption. Project leader for Your Building, sustainability consultant Tony Stapledon, said the site would help prove a business case to go green.

The Australian Financial Review, 2/10/2007, p. 54

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