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New Service Promises to Improve Green Star Rating

In January, Australian consultants Edge Environment and Sustainable Future Group announced a joint service offering they claim guarantees to improve the green star rating of a building at zero net cost. The service also promises to reduce building life-cycle cost and greenhouse gas emissions, improve environmental performance, and identify the Social Return on Investment of project sustainability initiatives.

Edge Environment claims that the service has helped a multi-unit residential development in Sydney reduce its Net capital cost by over $200,000 and achieve forecasted savings of more than $700,000 over 20 years. The uptake of measures identified through this value engineering service is saving the building owner almost $25,000 each year and over $500 per apartment annually, delivering a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts.

“This initiative is the first of its kind in Australia. It is quite a simple concept; we can see other companies starting to replicate it soon. Which is great – we hope it will revolutionise the building sector by helping property owners and developers to trail-blaze a road to more financially and environmentally sustainable buildings.” Says Edge CEO Jonas Bengtsson. “Our aim is to help set a new parameter for what is normal in terms of design, environmental performance and liveability of buildings.” he adds.

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December 20, 2023. I was honoured to be elected as ALCAS President at the ALCAS AGM in late October, being handed the baton from Rob Rouwette. The ALCAS Board is very grateful for Rob’s consistent ser

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