Big on style, small eco-footprint

first_imgSustainable materials were also used, with a focus on low toxicity and maintenance, plus water and solar collection.It is on the market with Sharon and Kate Wilson of McGrath Annerley Yeronga.At Bridgeman Downs, Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett is marketing an acreage retreat with loads of eco mod cons.Located at 40 Tiverton Place, the six- bedroom house sits on a 1.04ha block just 30 minutes from the CBD.More than 4000 trees have been planted on the property, and the house has been designed for the Queensland climate, making the most of natural light and breezes. What would you trade for a luxury apartment and yacht? Troy Cassar-Daley’s ready to let go Property ticks boxes for richest female CEO Queenslander and art collection up for grabs 24 Athol Street, Yeronga, uses sustainable materials.The lights across Brisbane will go out for one hour tonight to celebrate Earth Hour — a global movement started in Australia in 2007.To mark the moment, here are three of the most eco-friendly houses currently on the market in Brisbane.The first green gong goes to 24 Athol St at Yeronga, a contemporary house designed by Michael Kisluk of TVS Architecture.On the market for $1.95 million, the house features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, full height glazing and clever design to make the most of the breezes and natural light. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS FOLLOW COURIERMAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK 15 Hall Street, Paddington, has 22 solar panels. The main living area opens up on to the deck, yard and pool, allowing for natural breezes and light to enter the house.There are also Haiku SenseME fans to replicate natural breezes. The technology allows the user to set their preferences, whether that means the lights turning off when no one is in the room or adjusting speeds to suit the temperature.The permeable grass driveway also reduces water run off. It is also listed for sale. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago40 Tiverton Place, Bridgeman Downs, has had more than 4000 trees planted on the property.Boasting a huge range of luxury features, it also has 25,000 litre underground water tanks and solar panels. It is listed for sale.In Paddington, Gabrielle Trickey of Gabrielle Trickey Properties is selling 15 Hall St, a four-bedroom modern house on a 405sq m block.Sustainability and the environment were the key factors considered during the renovation of this property.It has 22 solar panels and is “largely self-sufficient”, sending power back to the grid for nine to 10 months of the year, according to the listing.last_img read more

Sterlings Racism Pays Off Big for Sports Team Owners

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 SharesEric Broder Van Dyke / Shutterstock.comMay 29, 2014; Los Angeles TimesAs a result of Donald Sterling’s racially insane conversation with purported paramour V. Stiviano, his sort-of estranged wife Shelley (with or without him) is selling the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer for a mere $2 billion. Not a bad return for a team that Sterling purchased in 1981 for all of $12 million.Ballmer joins the fraternity (just about) of some 70 owners of major sports franchises in the U.S., reducing his personal worth from $20 billion to $18 billion if the purchase price all comes out of his bank account. Is the team worth two bil? Like many sports owners, it may not be a concern for Ballmer. It’s as much a toy as it is an investment for the Microsoft man, who has dallied with offers for other teams before.But enriching the multibillionaire Sterlings with another $2 billion is a remarkable payoff for racism. Reportedly, Shelley is trying to declare Donald mentally incapacitated, which would somehow give her a freer hand in disposing of the team. If you’ve listened to Donald Sterling’s taped call with Stiviano or watched his interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Donald Sterling sounds like someone with some pretty weird racial beliefs and biases. Overt racism always seems nutty, but is it evidence of mental incompetence?Whether Donald Sterling is racist, mentally incapacitated, or both, he has not only massively enriched himself in the process, but also enriched his fellow sports team owners. If the Clippers, long a doormat in the NBA, are now worth $2 billion, is the New York Yankees franchise worth only $2.5 billion? The Dallas Cowboys $2.35 billion? Daniel Snyder’s Washington, D.C. NFL franchise only $1.7 billion? The Los Angeles Dodgers, co-owned by Magic Johnson, $2.0 billion? The Los Angeles Lakers worth only $1.35 billion?Read between the lines. Sterling’s racism leading to the bidding war for the Clippers has actually further enriched Jerry Buss and Philip Anshutz who control the Lakers; James Dolan, who is the majority owner of the $1.4 billion New York Knicks; and just about every other professional sports team owner in the U.S. They’ve been enriched by racism.With the alleged nuttiness of Donald Sterling, it is entirely possible that he has a few monkey wrenches he might toss into the sale—notably, the word is that he is suing the NBA for $1 billion—so it might all come to naught. But given the enrichment of the owners—remember, the lead owners of the teams are all white—as a result of racism, we have a proposal. All team owners should have an immediate recalculation of their teams’ values in light of a $2 billion sale of the Clippers. If they won’t do it, Forbes should. And then here’s what should be done: All of the owners should take the increased value of their teams and donate it to a fund to fight racism. Otherwise, they will be the fat and happily enriched owners of teams made immensely more valuable by the virulent racism of one of their peers, and the penalty they will have exacted from him is a massive increase in the value of his team.In January, prior to Sterling’s descent into racism, madness, or both, Forbesestimated the value of the Los Angeles Clippers to be $565 million. If the sale goes through at $2 billion, the value of the Clippers will have increased by as much as 254 percent as a direct result of racism.It is hard to imagine any more heinous way of earning money than by benefitting from racism. Most of these teams have charitable foundations, and high-minded owners of professional sports franchises often themselves have family foundations—unlike Ballmer, so far. They have long philanthropic track records, so they should not allow themselves to be unjustifiably enriched as a result of racism, even if they personally are not parties to the vile beliefs of Donald Sterling. Do something about racism with your new wealth, sports moguls, or you’re a part of the problem.—Rick CohenShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more