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Opportunity Knocks for Mid-Tier Buildings

Opportunity Knocks for Mid-Tier Buildings

Mid-tier buildings make up 80% of Australia's commercial building sector and present easy opportunities to improve energy efficiency for the built environment. While these non-premium buildings have often been neglected, addressing the energy efficiency not only reduces costs, but translates into vast benefits such as increased occupancy comfort and attracting/retaining both key tenants and employee talent. Read through to see the challenges, initiatives, options, and rewards by addressing energy efficiency in this sector.
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Should We Stop Adani?

Should We Stop Adani?

The Queensland state election is on this Saturday and the Adani coal mine is a hot campaign topic. Green groups are advocating strongly to "Stop Adani" but I'm not so sure that's the right message. Hasty solutions from either side won't work. What we need is a long term plan for how to generate secure employment for far north Queenslanders for decades to come. With automation threatening to decimate blue collar jobs, it's time to start thinking about how to retrain and upskill resources sector workers.
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Takeaways From Australian Testing Days 2017

Takeaways From Australian Testing Days 2017

Didn't make it to Australian Testing Days last week? Never fear, I've summarised the most impactful sessions through clumsily drawn sketchnotes (plus some words). In this article, I document the Humpty Dumpty Effect, Test Sketching, creating a bubble of agile in your organisation, risk profiling your app and model-based test automation.
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Transport Priorities in Sydney

Transport Priorities in Sydney

While a massive $45B is being funnelled into WestConnex and associated roads, a paltry $60M/year is celebrated for spending on bike infrastructure while enforcing draconian fines. Active infrastructure for walking and biking comes at a low cost with vast benefits to health, local and city economies, jobs, and traffic congestion. It's high time the state government resets its focus on public good to fund projects that deliver good value for money, return urban space to people instead of cars, prioritise human activities, and increase public transport options to expand the currently limited capacity.
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Ten Unconventional Ways to Reduce Your Energy Consumption

Ten Unconventional Ways to Reduce Your Energy Consumption

Many of the recommendations for improving energy efficiency are quite boring and non radical. Turn down your thermostat, switch off lights when you go home for the day ... yawn! To make energy efficiency more appealing, I have come up with ten unconventional (some might say radical) ways to save power.
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