Survival of the greenest
In the past, going green provided a competitive edge. In the near future, it may be a matter of marketplace survival.
In the current challenging economic climate, it will be “survival of the greenest”, US corporate sustainability strategist Charles Lockwood told the audience at Green Cities 09 recently.
It is those companies most adaptable - those that can develop new products, processes and technologies to save money – that will survive.
But building green requires more than just innovation in design, technology and process. Green building requires a shift in mindset.
GBCA GreenHouse up for national award
The GBCA's fitout of its Sydney office - the GreenHouse - has been short-listed for a National Interior Design Award.
One of only three short-listed fitouts in the Sustainable Design category, the GreenHouse will be competing against The Gauge and SA Water.
The 800m2 space has been developed as a sustainability showcase and to support GBCA's rapidly expanding team and dynamic culture.
According to the GBCA's Chief Executive, Romilly Madew, the fitout took less than five months to complete, and was delivered within a tight budget.
"This nomination is particularly significant because it emphasises that even small, low cost and fast fitouts can still achieve high environmental standards," Ms Madew says.
Latest certified projects
Congratulations to our latest Green Star certified projects:
QLD: Queensland Environmental Protection Agency, Western Region - 4 Star Green Star Office Interiors v1.1
WA: Parkland Road Office Building - 4 Star Green Star Office Design v2
New GBCA Masterclass courses available to book now
To compliment our ever-growing suite of Green Star rating tools the GBCA has developed a new series of introductory and advanced Masterclasses covering each of the following areas: Multi Unit Residential, Office, Healthcare, Retail, Education, Industrial and Green Star for building occupants. The courses will be commencing in April and will be available nationally.
Online discussion launched for Precincts Tool
The GBCA has launched an online discussion forum for the development of the Green Star Precincts Rating Tool.
Join the discussion now and help shape the Precincts tool you want. All feedback is welcome.
Review of Green Star sustainable timber credit
The chief executives of the GBCA and Australian Forestry Standard Limited (AFSL) released a joint statement regarding the review of the Green Star Mat-8 'Sustainable Timber' credit.
AFSL supports the work of the Timber Expert Reference Panel and Chief Executive Kayt Watts has said the independent review "is an appropriate and fair way of continuing to ensure Green Star recognises the needs of the forest industry while achieving positive environmental outcomes."
Green Cities 09 wrap up
This year's conference in Brisbane proved to be a great success with over 700 delegates and 50 expo booths!
Politics featured prominantly in Green Cities 09 with federal and state politicians weighing into the green debate, reaffirming the importance of green building for both our environmental and economic future. GBCA Chair Tony Arnel adding "The biggest challenge to our industry is buying or developing properties that become obsolete."
GSAP extends to Gold Coast
A new Green Star Accredited Professional course has been released for the Gold Coast in Queensland. One of the first GBCA courses to be held in a city outside the capital centres, places are sure to fill fast.
Reserve your seat now or explore our latest
course offerings online!
Industry news & events
Cleaner, greener buildings for QLD
With the Queensland Labour Government returned to power, the GBCA expects strengthened support for a national move towards minimum six star energy efficiency ratings for all new Australian homes.
Stronger greenhouse targets recommended
A Federal Parliamentary Committee has recommended the Australian Government adopt higher targets for greenhouse gas reduction. Chair of the Committee, Kelvin Thomson MP, in releasing the report stated: "After examining the evidence, we have concluded that it is in Australia's interests to get global action delivering deep cuts in carbon emissions in order to stabilise greenhouse gases in the atmosphere at 450 parts per million or lower by 2050".
Woods Bagot release new publication
GBCA member organisation Woods Bagot has released a new publication –
Public #5: A Human Thing. This commentary on social, ecological and economic sustainability explores the new statistic that for the first time in human history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities.
IFMA Foundation scholarship
2009 IFMA Foundation scholarships for full-time students enrolled in a Facility Management (or related field) program are now open, applications close 31 May 2009.
Successful scholarship applicants will in addition to receiving a minimum of US$1,500 scholarship be flown to
IFMA’s World Workplaceconference, exhibition and scholarship awards ceremony during 7-9 October 2009 in Orlando, Florida.
ideaction 09 conference coming to Melbourne this May
Ideaction 09 is all about putting ideas into action. Learn how facility managers and facility management organisations have put their theories into practice to create better, more economically and environmentally viable facilities.
Book now at FMA or visit
GBCA Events for more details.
Perth Solar Cities projects EOI
The Federal Environment Minister Peter Garrett has committed $13.9 million in Commonwealth funding to Australia’s seventh Solar City, Perth. “The Perth Solar City project is expected to deliver carbon pollution reductions of more than 15,000 tonnes – equivalent to taking 3,500 large vehicles off the road – and cut energy use equivalent to that of 3,200 homes.”
Perth Solar Cities Project is led by a consortium. SunPower as one of six organisations on the consortium is looking for proposals of photovoltaic solar projects above 30kWp on iconic/highly visible buildings to nominate to the steering committee.
Kinnarps wins Excellent Green Supplier of the Year Award
Kinnarps was recently awarded an Excellent Green Supplier of the Year Award from the Swedish Environmental Management Council, for its dedicated efforts and continuous development towards improvement in sustainability. Henry Jarlsson, CEO of Kinnarps said that he was delighted to be recognised with the award. For more on Kinnarps see the company
The BEX International Awards 2009 are now open
Awarding innovation in issues surrounding climate change, the BEX International Awards for 2009 are now open. There are several categories to enter - download a
brochure and entry form or contact
Chiara Bortoli for details.