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The Australian Green Development Forum is a balanced, non-profit coalition of members from development industries, government organisations and community groups. It is endorsed by industry and environmental bodies, and is aligned to community sectors that also have an interest in fostering sustainable development..

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AGDF urges action for Earth Day 2020

The Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) is urging building and development professionals to adopt sustainable building practices this Earth Day 2020.

AGDF President John Tuxworth said Earth Day is a time for individuals to take action to help end plastic pollution, fight climate change and protect land, air, water and wildlife.

He said, “Making a commitment to adopt sustainable building practices this Earth Day is a vital step towards improving the planet.

“We urge industry professionals to take a sustainable building approach whether they’re building something new or retrofitting an existing building.

“Green building approaches can play an important role in minimizing or eliminating the negative environmental impact of a proposed or existing buildings.”

Basic sustainable initiatives could include:

• Using sustainable building materials such as recycled glass and steel, as well as renewable materials such as bamboo and rubber
• Installing energy-efficient windows and doors
• Using lower-Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) paints and stains
• Constructing green roof systems and installing plants on the roof to manage rainwater  and protect from UV
• Adding water harvesting and treatment systems that both manage and make the most of rainfall
• Maximizing natural light to save on CO2 emissions & energy costs
• Using renewable energy for businesses via green-power &/or solar panels.

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AGDF canvasses Queensland’s major parties on sustainable policies

The Australian Green Development Forum (AGDF) has canvassed Queensland’s three major parties on their sustainable policies for transport, affordable living and healthy communities.

Adrian Schrinner (Liberal National Party), Kath Angus (The Greens) and Pat Condren (Australian Labor Party) were invited to provide AGDF with policy positions on a range of sustainable topics in the lead-up to the recent local government elections.  The topics ranged from metro expansion, green bridges, pedestrian amenity and footpath networks to housing affordability / affordable living and the sharing economy.

AGDF President John Tuxworth said “As an independent forum, the AGDF encourages and engages in dialogue with government to accelerate sustainable development.

“The AGDF canvassed policy positions from the three major parties,in support of triple-bottom-line sustainability.  We would like to thank the Lord Mayor and Kath Angus for taking some of their valuable time to respond. Unfortunately, we did not receive a response from Pat Condren.  The information provided gives useful insight on topics relevant to green development & sustainability.”

In his response to AGDF, re-elected Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said the Liberal National Party administration was strongly committed to the delivery of green bridges. He responded, “During this campaign, I have announced that the Kangaroo Point to City and Newstead to Albion (Breakfast Creek) bridges will be the first two undertaken. There are other green bridges that have been identified in State Planning documents and we would encourage investment by the State of Federal Governments in increased opportunities for additional river crossings, subject to community support.”

Kath Angus, on behalf of The Greens, responded to AGDF that Brisbane is one of the most car dependent cities in the world, and the only way to decrease congestion is to mode shift away from cars and into alternatives.

“Pedestrian and cycle bridges will facilitate better connection with public transport and make active transport more attractive,” she said.

The complete list of policy positions on the sustainable topics raised by AGDF is available below.

View the response from Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner (PDF)

View the response from Kath Angus (PDF)

 

Commercial Aviation Emissions Could Halve Due to COVID19

A report released by the The Australia Institute said aviation emissions would be slashed by 56 per cent if most flights are grounded for the next 9 months.

Australia Institute analysis shows global emissions from aviation in February and the first half of March 2020 are already lower than this time last year. If the cuts to flights announced by Qantas and Virgin continue into Spring, it would more than halve annual aviation emissions in Australia.

Emissions from Australian commercial aviation could decrease by up to 13.2Mt CO2 in 2020 (56% decrease from 2019) under an extreme scenario of continual grounding of most Qantas and Virgin planes for 9 months.

The report said the reduction in emissions, based on International Air Transport Association (IATA) data, would likely become an underestimation as the pandemic continued.

“The economic impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry has been no doubt devastating,” said Climate and Energy Program Director Richie Merzian.

“Even the three impact scenarios presented in the last month by the International Air Transport Association now appear to be optimistic.

“With the travel and quarantine restrictions in place, there has been an increased demand for alternative solutions — services like teleconferencing system Zoom recorded more active users in the first two months of 2020 than in all of 2019.

“If we can work well together online now, perhaps it will permanently reduce the need for business travel and so emissions over the long term.”

Source:  The Australia Institute

Stone hailed as a sustainable building material

Stone is a sustainable building material that has applications beyond use in cladding, according to a new exhibition in London, UK.

The ‘New Stone Age’ Exhibition surveys the contemporary use of structural stone and its sustainability credentials.  Stone has the ability to reduce a project’s embodied carbon by an incredible 90 per cent compared to typical steel or concrete frames.

Exhibition Curator and Architect Amin Taha says, “Stone is the great forgotten material of our time. In 99% of cases, it’s cheaper and greener to use stone in a structural way, as opposed to concrete or steel, but we mostly just think of using it for cladding.”

Through the Exhitibition, Taha together with stonemason Pierre Bidaud and engineer Steve Webb aim to show the potential of stone beyond decoration and how it can revolutionise contemporary construction as we know it.

Using stone for the core, structure and floors, they argue, would be 75% cheaper than a steel and concrete structure, and have 95% less embodied carbon. The primary reason for the saving is that, while concrete and steel have to be fireproofed, weathered, insulated, then clad, a stone exoskeleton can be left exposed.

By embracing stone as combined superstructure and external architectural finish, Tana says, we can save 60-90% of CO2 emissions for these key building elements.

The New Stone Age is at the Building Centre, London, UK until 15 May.

Source:  The Guardian

French public buildings to be built with 50 per cent wood

The French government has announced plans for a sustainability law that will ensure all new public buildings are built from at least 50 per cent timber or other natural bio-based materials.

The measure will be implemented by 2022 and affect all public buildings financed by the French state.

Bio-based materials are made from matter derived from living organisms, including hemp and straw, and have a  lower embodied carbon footprint compared to other construction materials like concrete and steel.

The proposal aligns with France’s Sustainable City plan launched in 2009, and president Emmanuel Macron’s drive for the country to be carbon-neutral by 2050.

The decision to introduce the law encouraging the use of bio-based materials was informed by the construction of the 2024 Paris Olympics complex. Any building in the development that rises more than eight storeys will be built entirely from timber.

Source: Dezeen

 

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