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Twelve more months of building green

Romilly Madew, Chief Executive
Green Building Council of Australia
 
With the year drawing to a close and the festive season in full swing, it's time to celebrate our collective achievements in 2013. So, with much fanfare from the pipers piping and a drum-roll from the drummers drumming, we reprise our 'Twelve months of building green' …
 
Twelve weeks to go until Green Cities 2014: the 2,500 people who were challenged at Green Cities 2013 will gather in Melbourne to examine how we move 'beyond the baseline' in 2014.
 
Eleven registered Interiors projects: bank branches, factory floors and offices are all registered to achieve ratings under the 'next generation' Green Star — Interiors rating tool.
 
Ten per cent increase in student performance: reported in green schools with views of nature, according to our The future of Australian education: Sustainable places for learning report, released in September. We currently have 130 Green Star — Education projects either registered or certified.
 
Nine thousand people trained: through face-to-face and online education, and events. We rolled out 16 new courses, held 100 plus events and education workshops, and supported 1,500 people with their CPD accreditation.
 
Eight hundred member companies: working with us to accelerate the transformation of Australia's built environment into one that is healthy, liveable, productive, resilient and sustainable.
 
Seven(ty) plus office projects certified this year: with Green Star-rated offices now accounting for 20 per cent of the Australian office market, and the latest IPD Australia Green Investment Property Index revealing that Green Star buildings delivered returns of 10.8 per cent to June 2013, compared with 9.4 per cent for 'vanilla' buildings.
 
Six new board members: Tanya Cox from Dexus, John Flecker from Brookfield Multiplex Australasia, Mark Gray from Leighton Properties, Mirvac's Susan Lloyd-Hurwitz, CSR's Rob Sindel and Stockland's Mark Steinert bring quality, passion and knowledge to the boardroom table.
 
Five principles for sustainable communities being applied to 32 amazing developments: projects across QLD, NSW, ACT, VIC, SA and WA, from small urban infills to large-scale developments that will one day be home to hundreds of thousands of people, are working with us to achieve Green Star — Communities ratings.
 
Four next generation rating tools: our Green Star Thought Leaders are helping us to deliver a range of ambitious Green Star 2014 projects to optimise Green Star Design & As Built, Interiors, Performance and Communities.
 
Three advocacy priorities: for a healthier, more productive, resilient and sustainable built environment; visionary government leadership; retrofitting and improving existing buildings; and 'scaling up' from buildings to communities. We also prepared 27 submissions to government, attended more than 300 meetings, and distributed 55 media releases.
 
Two new Green Star hospitals: delivering better health outcomes for patients, staff and visitors. The Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre in Melbourne and the Lyell McEwin Hospital Redevelopment Stage C in Adelaide both achieved Green Star — Healthcare Design v1 ratings in 2013.
 
One Green Star — Performance rating tool: launched in October to improve the efficiency and environmental sustainability of Australia's existing buildings. We are now working with 33 facilities management teams to register their projects for certification under the PILOT rating tool.
 
We raise our glasses to the thousands of people who have worked with us this year, and encourage you to join those lords a-leaping and ladies dancing in celebration of what we've achieved together in 2013.