Below is a snapshot of just some of our activities and achievements in the last year:
Green Star environmental rating tools
The GBCA has a suite of Green Star environmental rating tools for commercial office design and construction, which has been complemented by tools for healthcare, industrial facilities, schools and universities, public buildings, retail centres and multi-unit residential dwellings. Green Star tools can be downloaded for free.
In 2009 the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) consulted with its members and other industry and government stakeholders to identify opportunities for supporting a tool for urban communities and to also lead the development of a rating tool for sustainable communities. Find out more about Green Star Communities.
Green Star Performance will be designed to assess the operational performance of existing buildings. It will extend beyond rating only operational energy and water performance to include all categories currently used in Green Star: Management, Indoor Environment Quality, Energy, Transport, Water, Materials, Land Use & Ecology, Emissions and Innovation.
We have more than 540 certified Green Star projects with over 390 currently registered to receive certification over the coming months.
Green Star education
Over the course of the year, the GBCA has hosted more than 90 Green Star courses across Australia. In July 2010, our flagship course Green Star Accredited Professional was re-named the Green Star Foundation Course and as before it provides participants with the skills to apply Green Star environmental rating tools to their projects, a broader understanding of green building practices and an opportunity to connect with other sustainability-focused professionals in the property industry. Also in 2010, the GBCA launched its Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program.
The 2013 Green Building Evolution, was launched at Green Cities 2013 in Sydney and features the latest global research, statistics, trends, and technologies together with case studies that highlight Australia's world leading position in sustainable building. Green Building Evolution 2013 is free to download.
Green Cities is the leading Green Building Conference and Expo in Australia and is a jointly run by the Green Building Council of Australia and the Property Council of Australia. Green Cities 2014 will be held in Melbourne.
Exclusive member only evenings hosted by our members, in our members Green Star certified buildings.
Our Meet the Stars forums attract as many as 300 people to each event, and are seen by our members as an outstanding opportunity to make new contacts, gain market intelligence and hear about practical case studies of green building excellence. We also host other events, such as Leading green thinkers, boardroom lunches & dinners and site tours.
Our e-newsletter, Green Building Voice, is distributed to more than 15,000 readers each month, and provides updates on our events, activities, our members' environmental achievements and national and international green building news.
Our website is the 'go to' point for all green building knowledge in Australia. We attract approximately 14,000 unique visitors each month who want to access the latest green building news and research, download exclusive member-only reports and listen to podcasts.