Resilience - the challenge for greener cities
By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, Green Building Council of Australia
Another summer, another series of extreme weather events. From bushfires in Victoria to floods in Queensland - each year it seems that extreme weather events dominate the headlines as I sit down to write my first Green Building Voice columns for the year. And each year, there are renewed calls for us to consider how to make our buildings and communities more resilient in the face of climate change. But are we really listening?
The Green Cities Hub set to be a hive of activity
In addition to providing ample opportunities for networking and doing business with Australia's best sustainable suppliers, this year's Green Cities Expo will feature an exciting new addition - the Hub. The Hub will engage exhibitors and conference delegates in a two day program of dialogue around 'innovation in challenging times'.
Explore the Hub program
Discover the Blue Economy at Green Cities 2013
Entrepreneur, author and activist Gunter Pauli argues that while we set our sights on a ‘green economy’, many green solutions are a case of doing less bad, rather than doing good. At Green Cities, Pauli will share his solution - the ‘blue economy’.
Policies please, not posturing
With the September date for the federal election now set, the GBCA is calling on all political parties to outline the policies and programs that will drive productivity and sustainability in Australia’s built environment.
Green Star - global and growing at Green Cities
Green building council Chief Executives from South Africa and New Zealand will join our own Romilly Madew at Green Cities for a discussion of the impacts that sustainability rating systems like Green Star are having in different regions around the world, and what’s next for Green Star.
Here comes the first of Sydney’s new green icons…
Lend Lease’s Barangaroo South project, part of the $6 billion Barangaroo urban regeneration development on Sydney Harbour, has been accepted as a pilot project for the newly-released Green Star – Communities PILOT rating tool.
Beta testing puts Green Star - Performance into practice
Over the past several months, the Green Star team has been conducting workshops with facilities management teams to ‘beta test’
Green Star – Performance draft credits. We spent five minutes with Paolo Bevilacqua, Sustainability Manager with Green Star – Performance Principal Sponsor Australand, to get the inside scoop on beta testing and find out how the rating tool is performing in practice.
Green and ‘future proofed’: ISPT’s Green Star portfolio
Australian property funds management company, ISPT, has a simple goal – to be the best-performing wholesale property fund manager in Australia and the first choice in property for Australian Superannuation Funds. Find out how Green Star is helping ISPT achieve this goal through ‘future-proofed’, in-demand assets that are built to outperform.
Corby Civic Hub, Northamptonshire, UK
The striking Corby Civic Hub, or ‘Corby Cube’ is a mixed use civic centre, library, town hall, theatre and performing arts centre located in Corby, a former steel-producing township in the United Kingdom. The £35 million Corby Cube forms part of a wider sustainable regeneration project for the local area and is the only theatre venue in the UK to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ certified rating.
Visionary green leadership just part of the design at Bowden Urban Village
Bowden Urban Village is a ‘place-making’ development initiative that has been driven by the policy and strategic objectives outlined within South Australia’s strategic and 30-year plans for Greater Adelaide. And, in a commendable demonstration of visionary leadership, Renewal SA has committed to 5 Star Green Star certified ratings or above across the entire development.
Canberra Institute of Technology - Sustainable Skills
6 Star Green Star - Education Design v1
5 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2
ISIS Darwin Fitout/NT
4 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1
LIMS (La Trobe Institute of Molecular Science)/VIC
5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1
Breakfast Creek Road/QLD
6 Star Green Star - Office As Built v2
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