By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA
Public buildings are the heart of our communities. From national galleries to local libraries, and from town halls to places of worship, public buildings bring Australians together. They inspire us, they teach us, and they provide the services that keep our society functioning. For this very reason, public buildings have a unique and important role to play in educating the community about sustainability.
A new report, released by the National Sustainability Council, marks the start of a new, national conversation about sustainability.
Sustainable Australia 2013: Conversations with the Future, underscores the fact that securing Australia’s sustainable future is in the best interests of all its citizens.
The NSW Government’s new approach to planning, as outlined in its NSW Planning White Paper, could deliver better communities and cities for NSW - but community engagement must be rigorous and inclusive.
Our current suite of Green Star rating tools for base building design and construction are due for an update. Stakeholder engagement is essential, so we’re seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) for involvement in a new Technical Advisory Group and Expert Reference Panel.
As a result of feedback from some of our Green Star – Interiors pilot projects, we’re making some amendments to the Green Star – Interiors rating tool credits and Submission Guideline. If you have already purchased the Submission Guideline you will automatically receive the update free of charge.
Even before the foundations were poured, Moreton Bay Regional Council’s state-of-the-art library, community centre and office complex could lay claim to being one of Australia’s most sustainable public building complexes. In October 2012, The Corso at North Lakes, a $45 million development funded by Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Australian Government, became the first local government public building project to achieve a 5 Star Green Star – Public Building PILOT design rating.
American department store chain, The Kohl's Corporation based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin has over 1000 stores across 49 states. Kohl's is the fourth largest US department store by sales, and now has 761 Energy Star-labelled stores and 305 LEED-certified buildings. In addition to the LEED certifications for its retail stores,
all corporate facilities constructed for Kohl’s since 2008 have been designed and constructed to achieve LEED certification. Their rated stores are 32 percent more energy-efficient than baseline stores, use 50 per cent less water for irrigation and have diverted over 70 per cent of construction waste from landfill.
Read more about Kohl’s portfolio approach to sustainability.
The GBCA has joined with other built environment groups in a new coalition to push for a ‘new deal’ for Australian cities.
Following the release last week of the Sustainable Australia Report, National Sustainability Council Chairman and GBCA Board Member, John Twaites told The Age that our future wellbeing depends on the choices we make now.
The Gratten Institute say improved transport and affordable housing closer to job opportunities is a recipe for a healthy economy and happy population.
Student researcher from the University of South Australia, Amelia Purvis is currently seeking expressions of interest from organisations in Adelaide for participation in a controlled study on indoor plants and employee innovation.
Watch this new video from the World Green Building Council to discover how 93 green building councils are working together to grow the green building movement across the globe.
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The Australian Clean Technologies Competition is once again seeking entries from Australia's best companies in the high-tech, highly skilled cleantech sector.
Small and large businesses, individuals, state and local government and not-for-profits in NSW who can demonstrate significant environmental achievements are encouraged to nominate for the prestigious Green Globe Awards.
Perth Airport - Echo 2 Office Building / WA
5 Star Green Star – Office Design v2
ME Bank Workplace at Melbourne Central / VIC
5 Star Green Star - Office Interiors v1.1
Frasers Broadway Blocks 5A & 5B / NSW
5 Star Green Star – Multi Unit Residential Design v1
Kingston Education Project / TAS
5 Star Green Star - Education Design v1
Project Cotton / VIC
4 Star Green Star – Industrial Design v1