GBCA Green Building Voice
Jun 2012 issue
GBCA celebrates 10 years

Green Star Foundation Course
21 Jun, Sydney
Green Star Innovation Course
26 Jun, Sydney
Green Star Office Interiors
19 Jun, Canberra
Project Certification Workshop
19 Jun, Canberra
25 Jun, Sydney

Site Tour – Harrison Secondary School
27 Jun, Canberra

Competitive Cities Conference
18-19 Jun, Adelaide
Consense and WorldGBC Congress 2012
18-20 Jun, Germany
AIRAH Standards Australia Joint Seminar - Public Draft Australian Ventilation Standards
21 Jun, Sydney
PEFC Certification Seminar
21 Jun, Sydney
Green Building Opportunities in India
26 Jun, Sydney
Built Environment Meets Parliament
26-27 Jun, Canberra

Building Money: Do Green Upgrades Make Sense and Dollars?
25 Jun, Parramatta
Women, Management and Work Conference
12-13 Jul, Sydney
Total Facilities Live
19-20 Jul, Sydney
Certified Energy Manager Training and Certification
6-10 Aug, Sydney

International Green Building Conference 2012
10-12 Oct, Singapore
Building Sustainability Sweden 2012 Conference
18-19 Oct, Sweden
Green Building Congress 2012
30 Oct -1 Nov, India

Melbourne architect Shelley Penn has been inaugurated as National President of the Australian Institute of Architects.

Changes to federal Greenhouse and Energy Minimum Standards legislation is expected to result in a national framework for energy efficiency. Read more in the Fifth Estate.

The Heart Foundation has released the Active Living Impact Checklist: A tool for developments in the ACT, which outlines key design principles for healthy and active communities. Read more.

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) is reaching out to Facilities Managers globally, to gain an international perspective on sustainable facility rating systems. The feedback gained will help the Association update its Sustainability How-To Guide: Green Building Rating Systems. Participate in the survey.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first Earth Summit in Rio, The World Green Building Council has created the Rio+20 Photowall, and invited green building advocates from around the world to share photo messages about what green building means in their country. View the wall and add your photo.

“Tract is a proud supporter of GBCA’s Green Star – Communities Project. Our active involvement in the development of the Green Star - Communities rating tool reflects our commitment to sustainability as a key element of our planning and design processes,“ says Tract Consultants Principal Town Planner & Designer, Stewart McRae.


Green Star – Communities: A game changer

By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive

Green Building Council of Australia

For many years, a Green Star rating has been a symbol of environmental sustainability. From towering skyscrapers to low-rise schools, Green Star has driven a market shift towards integrated, holistic design and construction.

However, buildings are just one part of the sustainability equation. Broader sustainability issues around our communities and cities are just as significant, such as the design of our public spaces, the affordability of housing, engagement processes with our stakeholders, climate adaptation and community resilience.

The Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has long recognised that improving the sustainability of our communities is Australia’s next great challenge.

And tomorrow, after two-and-a-half years of hard work and extensive collaboration, we will release our response to this challenge: Green Star – Communities. Read more

Thank you to our Green Star - Communities sponsors, partners and supporters.

Green Star rising
From a zero base in 2003, the number of Green Star certified projects has grown exponentially. We are aiming for 500 certifications by the end of 2012. Let's work together to get there!

Have your say about LCA

The GBCA has released a discussion paper, to explore how life cycle assessment (LCA) methodology may be incorporated into the Green Star Materials category. Read the paper and provide your feedback.

Green Star Construction and Demolition Waste Reference Group participants selected

In April, the GBCA invited industry professionals involved in construction and demolition waste management to participate in the Green Star Construction and Waste Reference Group. This new reference group is made up of representatives from 46 organisations with operations across Australia. Read more

Green Star dominates PCA Innovation and Excellence Awards

Green Star certified projects have taken top honours at this year’s Property Council of Australia / Rider Levett Bucknall Innovation and Excellence Awards. Read more

Credit Spotlight: Digital Economy

The new Green Star – Communities rating tool incorporates several new categories and credits which aim to promote and facilitate the creation of Australian communities that are vibrant, liveable, and environmentally and economically resilient. The Econ-7 ‘Digital Economy’ credit, rewards community and precinct developments that provide digital infrastructure such as high-speed internet access and wireless connectivity. Read more

Does your Green Star certified project deserve a Banksia Award?

The Banksia Foundation has been recognising and rewarding environmental excellence since 1989, and Green Star projects have often featured as Banksia Award winners. The 2012 Banksia Awards are happening in October. Learn how to nominate your project.

New Office for GBCA’s Melbourne team

In July, the GBCA’s Melbourne team will be moving to Arup’s centrally-located office in Nicholson Street. Read more

Facilities Management Skills Development Initiative

The GBCA is partnering with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage and other property industry associations to investigate new ideas for education programs targeting the facilities management sector. Read more

Brisbane Economics Series – The green building issue

The latest edition of Brisbane Marketing’s business and investment publication – the Brisbane Economic Series, throws the spotlight on green building, with key insights from industry leaders. Read the issue.

The Hon Mike Rann CNZM announced as incoming Chair of Low Carbon Australia

Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, has announced the appointment of former South Australian Premier The Hon Mike Rann to the Board of Low Carbon Australia Limited. Read more

BEMP 2012: 26 – 27 June

Built Environment Meets Parliament (BEMP) is an annual conversation between parliamentarians and property industry leaders. The BEMP 2012 program is jam-packed and features a keynote presentation from researcher and author Dr Rebecca Huntley on “what makes a city liveable?” Find out more.

Surf Coast Shire Civic Building

The Surf Coast Shire Civic Building is breaking new ground for sustainability in regional Australia. The 5 Star Green Star – Office Design v3 certified building has helped Surf Coast Shire Council to reduce climate change risks and equip the local workforce with green skills. Read more about the first civic building to be Green Star-rated in regional Victoria.

9/31 City West Offices / ACT
5 Star Green Star Office Interiors v1.1

Nexus F2 / VIC
4 Star Green Star – Office Design v3

Hamilton Harbour 2 / QLD
4 Star Green Star Multi Unit Residential Design v1

70 Franklin Street - Office Development / SA
5 Star Green Star Office Design v3

Arup Sydney Office Tenancy / NSW
4 Star Green Star – Office Interiors v1.1

The “Kuggen” University Hub, Sweden

The striking “Kuggen” building, located in Gothenburg, Sweden, has been awarded with the highest sustainability certification (gold), under the Sweden Green Building Council’s ‘Miljöbyggnad’ rating system. Designed by renowned Swedish architectural firm Wingårdh Arkitektkontor, “Kuggen” has received international recognition for its unique design and sustainability features. Read more


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