GBCA Green Building Voice
Jul 2013 issue
GBCA celebrates 10 years
GBCA Courses
Green Star - Design & As
Built Foundation Course
1 Aug, Sydney
15 Aug, Melbourne 
17 Sep, Adelaide 
26 Sep, Perth 
30 Sep, Brisbane 
 
Green Star Certification Workshop
6 Aug, Melbourne
15 Aug, Sydney
 
Green Star - Communities: Australian Urban Design Protocol Master Class
9 Sep, Melbourne
 
Green Star - Communities: Climate Adaptation and Resilience Master Class
11 Sep, Sydney
 
Green Star - Communities Foundation Course
3 Sep, Sydney 
27 Sep, Melbourne 
 
Green Star Innovation Course
5 Sep, Melbourne
5 Sep, Sydney 
20 Sep, Brisbane 
 
Online learning
Earn & learn any time with our Green Star online modules
 
 
GBCA Events
Green Building Day
24 July, Sydney
30 Jul, Melbourne
 
Smart Cities Breakfast - Transport & Logistics
24 Jul, Sydney 
 
Site Tour: RMIT Design Hub
25 Jul, Melbourne
 
Member Evenings
31 July, Perth
6 Aug, Adelaide
15 Aug, Brisbane
21 Aug, Canberra
 
Smart Cities Breakfast - Energy, Water & Waste
14 Aug, Sydney
 
Site Tour: SMART Infrastructure Facility, University of Wollongong
15 Aug, Wollongong
 
Meet the Stars - Central Park, Sydney
22 Aug, Sydney
 
Brookfield Multiplex
 
Industry Events
BIM-MEP AUS Construction Innovation 2013 Forum
25-26 Jul, Melbourne 

Australian Smart Lighting Summit
5-6 Aug, Melbourne
 
CCN Live 
8 Aug, Sydney
 
World Green Building Week 2013
Host your own event:
16-20 Sep, 2013
 
Green Globe Awards Ceremony
24 Sep, Sydney
 
Brisbane Open House
12-13 Oct, Brisbane
 
State of Australian Cities Conference
26-29 Nov, Sydney
 
 
 
“Wherever practicable, the City of Joondalup improves the eco-efficiency of its buildings and facilities by implementing environmentally sustainable design principles into the construction, renovation and retrofitting of all building assets. Making small changes within our control is how we can make a measurable contribution to preserving and enhancing our local environment. It’s doing what we can locally to be part of the response to a global issue like environmental sustainability.” 

Mayor Troy Pickard
City of Joondalup

Selling the sustainability message

By Romilly Madew, Chief Executive, GBCA



Is sustainability dead? I’ve been asked this a number of times in recent weeks, as people come to grips with a challenging construction market, shifting public attitudes to climate change, claims of ‘green fatigue’ and a changing political landscape. Read more and have your say

Introducing our Green Star 2014 Thought Leaders

GBCA member organisations Bluescope Steel, Grocon, Stockland, Cundall and Norman Disney & Young are partnering with us to support important Green Star initiatives over the next 12 months. Read more

We’re advocating for a better built environment

Over the past 12 months, the GBCA’s Advocacy team has engaged with all tiers of Australian government to encourage them to provide visionary leadership, facilitate the retrofitting and improvement of existing buildings and shift policy thinking beyond buildings to communities and cities. We’ve had more than 400 meetings with government representatives, completed 35 submissions to government, sent out dozens of media releases and much more. Find out how the GBCA is advocating for your interests.

Campus-wide commitment to sustainability

The University of Melbourne is Australia's first university to commit to achieving a Green Star - Communities rating. Read more

CPD enrolment period extended

The current CPD enrolment period has been extended to Wednesday 31 August 2013. To find out what this means for you, please login to your CPD learning portal.

Passionate about sustainability? Join our team!

The GBCA Marketing team is seeking an energetic marketer to help us deliver our social media, e-communications and events promotion activities. Find out more and apply today.

Parramatta sets its sights on a sustainable future

Parramatta City Council has become the first council to register for the Green Star – Communities PILOT rating tool, signing up their $1.6 billion Parramatta Square urban renewal development and specifying Green Star for all of the precinct’s individual buildings. Read more

Become a Green Star - Performance Certified Assessor

We're currently seeking professionals to join the GBCA team as Green Star - Performance Certified Assessors and Techical Experts. Find out more

New reporting criteria for construction & demolition waste

After extensive consultation with industry and our waste reference panel, we've introduced new Construction and Demolition Waste Reporting Criteria for projects under the Green Star - Interiors PILOT. Find out more

South Australian Government commits to Green Star - Communities

The South Australian Government is the first in Australia to seek Green Star – Communities ratings for two urban renewal projects: Bowden and Tonsley. Read more

Have you got your ticket for Green Building Day 2013?

Join us this month in Sydney and Melbourne as we explore the future of the green building industry in Australia - the trends, predictions, latest market research and Green Star opportunities.

Certify your existing building or portfolio with Green Star!

Building owners and managers from around the country are expressing their interest in being among the first to capitalise on the many benefits of a Green Star certification for their asset’s operational performance. Join them.  Express your interest in pilot phase participation online by Wednesday 31 July 2013.

University of SA project to examine heat island effect

The University of South Australia has received a $1.2 million grant from Low Carbon Living to tackle the effects of urban heat island effect in Australian cities. Read more in The Fifth Estate

Renewable energy to surpass gas by 2016

A new report from the International Energy Agency (IEA) suggests that global energy from renewable sources will exceed that from gas, and be double that of nuclear in only three years. Read more

New best practice guide to green leasing

The Fifth Estate has launched the first chapter installment of a new e-Book publication, 'The Tenants & Landlords Guide to Happiness: Best Practice and Green Leasing' in collaboration with Sydney’s Better Buildings Partnership. Read more


The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity 

The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity breaks new ground for research facility design, with state-of-the-art laboratories, teaching and collaboration spaces that are energy- and water-efficient, and that prioritise the health and wellbeing of students and researchers. Read more


Air Force Maintenance Support Squadron, Ohakea, New Zealand

A New Zealand Defence Force building has received the country’s first 5 Star Green Star – Industrial Built rating from the NZGBC. “This is a building that has been designed to ensure NZDF’s maintenance support is highly productive to maximise its support for military operations,” says NZDF Chief Operating Officer, Will Peet. Read more



Urban Green releases Building Resiliency Task Force report

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, which affected large areas of New York City and New Jersey in 2012, the New York chapter of the USGBC helped establish the NYC Building Resiliency Task Force. The Task Force has made recommendations on how the city can improve building resiliency and increase preparedness for future natural disasters. Read the report

Currambine Community Centre / WA
4 Star Green Star – Public Building Design PILOT

Gladstone Office and Entertainment Centre / QLD
5 Star Green Star – Office Design v3

Upper West Side Stage 2 / VIC
4 Star Green Star – Multi Unit Residential Design v1

Victoria University Sunshine Construction Futures / VIC
6 Star Green Star - Education Design v1

Westfield Carindale Stage 5 Extension / QLD
4 Star Green Star – Retail Centre As Built v1

 

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