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The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) was established in 2002 to develop a sustainable property industry in Australia and drive the adoption of green building practices through market-based solutions.

Key Objectives

To drive the transition of the Australian property industry towards:

  • sustainability by promoting green building programs, technologies, design practices and operations
  • integration of green building initiatives into mainstream design, construction and operation of buildings.


About the GBCA


Where we need to be in 2016

Read our Strategic Plan (PDF)

1.  Expand our range of sustainability products and services


Expand to recognise high-achievers and support the bottom of the market.


Increase the quality of our existing products and services.


Continue to develop our existing products and services in line with industry trends.


Ensure our products and services remain relevant to the industry.


Communicate the benefits of our products and services to a wider audience.


2.  Demonstrate clear value for sustainable places and communities



Develop the research needed to back-up our conversations.


Improve our digital infrastructure to better present information to our stakeholders


Drive better policy for the built environment by working with members and stakeholders


3.  Inspire sustainability practices


Make sustainability more desirable to a broader range of users


Increase membership and engagement in our industry and expand into other areas.


Build a strong group of built environment professionals through education and knowledge.


Green Star

In order to achieve these objectives, we launched the Green Star environmental rating system for buildings in 2003.

Green Star is Australia's trusted mark of quality for the design and construction of sustainable buildings, fitouts and communities.  Green Star rating tools help the property industry to reduce the environmental impact of buildings, improve occupant health and productivity and achieve real cost savings, while showcasing innovation in sustainable building practices.

Our New Generation Green Star rating tools include: Green Star – Communities, Green Star – Design & As Built, Green Star –Interiors and Green Star – Performance. Green Star Legacy rating tools will be phased out from 31 December, 2015. Please note, all existing Legacy projects will be supported through to certification.



We're a leading provider of sustainable building education. We run a number of courses throughout Australia to expand industry knowledge about Green Star and green building practices.

Our Continuing Professional Development program (CPD) helps property professionals to maintain their knowledge of the Green Star environmental rating system and stay in touch with latest trends and technologies in green building



We have built strong relationships with federal, state and local government decision-makers to promote and support the industry's transition to greener buildings. Read more about our advocacy efforts.



We organise and participate in a wide range of events, including our annual conference, Green Cities, and industry forums across Australia.


Further reading:
In 2012, we reached our 10th anniversary and to celebrate this milestone, 'A decade of green building' was developed. Take a trip down memory lane, flick through the old snapshots and read what the sustainability industry have identified as their favourite moments over the last 10 years.

Download 'A decade of green building' (PDF 4.30MB)