Sustainable design expert Marlon Kobacker recently praised the host of factors contributing to Australia’s increasing viability for investors interested in the country as a renewable energy investment destination. Kobacker, who recently partnered with James Cronan in the Sustainable Future Group, notes that Australia’s ascent is a welcome turn of events after its standing as an investment destination was harmed to some degree in recent years.
Now in the top 10 of the Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index released by EY
, a professional services firm that evaluates policies and other factors influencing renewable energy investment viability, Australia is again approaching its former status as one of the world’s leaders in this regard. Formerly sixth on this same index, Australia can credit its return to world prominence on several factors, including increased stability regarding the country’s Renewable Energy Target (RET).
This enhanced energy investment viability should also help Australia achieve some of its more aggressive goals regarding the implementation of renewable energy resources on a countrywide basis, as the Australian Capital Territory reiterated its intention to achieve total reliance on renewable energy resources within the next five years and to commission energy projects focusing on wind energy as well.
The appeal of a rooftop garden should be quite obvious, especially when the rooftop garden is located on the uppermost part of an office building. After all, who would not appreciate a tranquil, elevated space in which a pleasant fragrance is always present and fresh vegetables are readily available at any given moment? Business owners in Australia are starting to invest in the addition of rooftop gardens for this reason, recognizing that employees will return to work with renewed energy and focus after heading to the roof for a few quiet moments alone or in the company of co-workers. While enhanced employee productivity is certainly more than enough to make the addition of a rooftop garden entirely worthwhile, there are other benefits business owners ought to equally appreciate.
With a rooftop garden in place, energy efficiency can be improved by a fairly sizable margin. This is due to the fact that the presence of vegetation in the form of a rooftop garden has a cooling effect on the floors below it, thereby reducing the building’s temperature and helping businesses reduce the costs associated with cooling the office through the use of air conditioning. There are countless other benefits as well, as a rooftop garden can reduce noise and contribute to improved air quality, not to mention the fact that certain types of rooftop garden designs may make the building eligible for additional LEED credits.
Sustainability enhancements through the installation of a rooftop garden represent an important benefit and can be incorporated as an effective component in a strategy aimed at reducing energy expenditures, but the potential impact on employee productivity and overall employee contentment is essentially immeasurable. Even those who are not entirely fond of the outdoors are likely to relish the opportunity to spend even just a few minutes away from their office while sitting among the plants growing atop what was once a largely underutilized space and was only visited in the rarest of circumstances.